Do you find there is not enough time in the day? Is your life or work spinning out of control? Do you lack energy to get everything you want done? If so, you are not alone. I am hearing this from my clients all the time, and I too feel that way at times, or at least I start to feel that way. When I do feel that way, changes need to be done. We need to step back and take a look at all that we do each day. That is what I did recently and I want to share the changes that I did to help me have a more productive day and have less stress.
For me, it is not about raising children while working. I have been there and I will share how I was able to raise 5 kids, make supper for 7 people, do laundry for 7 people etc. and still be productive and happy at home and work. I will be sharing the changes I made so that my day went smoothly and was way less stressful during a different video or article which will be coming soon. So stay tuned!
Running on empty
Recently, I felt that I had too much on my plate regarding my business, Second Set of Hands, and I knew changes had to be made. I was working with clients approximately 4 hours a day, plus travel time which sometimes added another 2 hours. So that is 6 hours a day that was spent on working with clients and traveling to and from their home. Then I had to do all the rest of the work that is required while running a business. That included, posting in social media (twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn), writing blogs, working on presentations, scheduling clients, answering emails, returning phone calls, networking and so much more. It became impossible to do it all.
Changes that I am making
When we have too much to do, we need to cutback. It is as simple as that. As much as I love working hands on with my clients to help them get their home organized, I realized that I need to be more of the project manager and still be involved with my clients, but not do as much of the organizing. Passing that on to someone else was very difficult for me. I believe in going above and beyond for our clients, and wasn’t sure that I would find staff that would be able to do it. That is a mindset thing. I needed to change my mindset.
In the last year or so, I brought on a wonderful organizer, and hired another one a few months ago. I plan to bring on another one sometime between now and spring. My husband is also part of my team, and all my staff have been thoroughly trained by me. Because I need to be in my office more, and still want to work directly with clients, I will be doing more of the coaching calls, mentoring, and developing and doing presentations and workshops. Not saying that I won’t organize anymore, but saying I won’t be doing as much. I am super excited about this change and have a new website (still need to add a bit more information, but getting there), that explains more of what I will be doing (www.kathymcewan.com). I made a couple of other changes too.
1. Rented an outside office – best investment I made. I get way more done here than I did at home
2. Hired a bookkeeper to help me with payroll. Love her!
****So what can you do to cutback and outsource? What struggles do you have? Leave a comment below. I would love to hear why you feel that you don’t have enough time in the day to get everything you need done. I would love to help you!
Kathy McEwan is a professional organizer and productivity expert who specializes in helping her clients go from overwhelmed to organized. Be sure to pop onto her sister website kathymcewan.com and let her know how she can help you get organized and have a productive life with less stress.