This month I am actually ahead of schedule. And it could not be a better month for that to happen. My five-year-old starts kindergarten in six weeks and I am going to have time to do some super-fun tasks with her before she starts all-day, full-time school.
I honestly did not plan it this way. I had the opportunity to get some of my June work done in the last week of May and I did. I did not work Saturday and I cannot remember the last time that I did not work both Saturday and Sunday for the first weekend of the month. I will not be working on Friday or Saturday this week and both of those days are before the 10th (technically Saturday is the 10th).
I wish that I could say that I have all of my client work done for the month. Alas, no. I will still be working with my nose to the grindstone for the rest of this week and next week. However at the end of my day instead of noting what I did not get done and have to carry over to tomorrow I get to relish in the knowledge that all of my “absolutely must do” items on my list have been finished every single day this month.
Last year I managed to get all of my regularly scheduled August client work done in July because I was going on a business trip for the first week of August. I will be doing the same thing this year and I know that I will be successful because 1. I am planning it that way and 2. I was successful last year.
Going forward this type of time management is very important for me. I am working to match my work schedule to my daughter’s upcoming school schedule. Her school is year-round, however they have the same number of days as the other schools. What that means is that she has three weeks off in October, a week off for Thanksgiving, three weeks off for Christmas break, two weeks for spring break and six weeks for summer break.
Honestly, I do not expect to not work at all for her two three-week breaks or her six-week break. But I can work two days a week or four hours a day on her longer breaks. This will take planning and complete focus to make a reality.
It will, of course, be worth it because my daughter will grow up knowing her mother took time to focus on her. Right now we squeeze reading time between client projects and she hears, “Let me finish this first.” more than I would like to admit.
What are you doing to get your business schedule in line with your desired personal schedule?
Until next time…
Have a great day,
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