Juggling multiple tasks around the house as a stay at home dad can sometimes feel like you are treading water. You may have seven things on your to-do list, but only seem to get one or two done each day. Have you really looked to see what are your biggest work time wasters?
This will allow you to spend more time on your family and to grow your online business because we all want to create a life that can balance both.
Hopefully, by the end of this article, you will be able to pinpoint all of the major time wasters in your day-to-day life that you can cut out and become more productive with managing your day.
Take a look at some of the biggest time wasters you didn’t know existed.
Social media on your phone
After listening to a podcast a few weeks ago the host brought up the distraction that social media is for online business owners.
At first, I scoffed at the notion that I was wasting a lot of time on social media. However, I download an app tracker called Moment on her recommendation and realized that a lot of my time was wasted on social media every day.
In my last article and time management, I spoke about the impact 20 minutes per day could have run your business. What if you were able to tack on three or four hours per day that were previously wasted on social media apps?
You can quickly turn your business from part-time to full-time with the snap of a finger. Now I’m not saying to completely cut off social media because there are times where it is very beneficial to your business and getting your online presence out there.
However, using it for a majority of the day is not a smart business decision. How can you get that time back? Limit yourself to 30 minutes a day for social media.
You can use some of your personal time blocks to catch up on any social media events you may have missed during the day. This way you will still be able to check all of the notifications didn’t interact with anyone that you need to. Continuously checking it throughout the day will become a quick habit and will be the biggest time waster in growing your business.
Binging Television Shows
Whether you have Netflix, Amazon Prime, or use another streaming service to watch your favorite TV shows, spending 6 to 8 hours binge-watching them is a complete waste of a day! It’s not even good to have it playing in the background.
Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of TV shows that I love to watch (24, Homeland, etc), and squeeze them in when I can, but the daytime is when you should be focused on your business. I’m not going through two seasons of a show in one weekend.
Turning the television off while you are working is one of the best ways to stay focused and stay in “business” mode. Using the same technique as you would with social media, block off time to watch your favorite shows twice a week.
If you are focused simply on watching television to be caught up on all of your shows, the business will not be able to grow and thrive the way you expect it to. You only get a return on your investment for the efforts that you put in. So if you waste 10 to 20 hours on a weekend where you could get work done watching a TV show is just shooting yourself in the foot.
Checking your email constantly
Your email can be a huge time waster if you check it constantly throughout the day. Most of the time you do not have to check it as soon as you start your day, so blocking off time for it towards the end of your to-do list is okay.
When you set your business email up, you should create folders for each contact as you go, so you are not wasting time looking through 30 or 40 subject lines in your inbox. This will allow you to determine which emails are most important during your time block and if something can be pushed back until the next day it will be one less headache you have to worry about.
You might think it is smart to check your email at the top of every hour but if you check your email every hour and it takes five minutes to do so you’re looking at 40 to 60 minutes per day that could have been used in a different manner.
So block off one or two designated time slots to check your emails and focus on other aspects of your business for the rest of the day.
Failing to Multitask
How much time are you spending making breakfast, lunch, and possibly dinner for your family? Including the cleanup process? Try to incorporate different tasks while cooking meals. If you try to get specific tasks done in batches, stopping to make a meal, or do chores can really slow down your momentum.
When I have to stop working on the website to take care of something around the house I try to find a way to continue working. If I am creating content I will load up my dictation app and use it to continue working. I may also pop in a podcast to listen to, so I am still gaining some knowledge about a topic that will help my business down the line.
Cooking can be made easier if you make multiple sets of meals at once. Sometimes I will have lunch prepared when I make breakfast so my daughter can sit down next to me and I can stay focused on the task at hand. It’s not always going to be possible to do this, however, if you can do it even once or twice a week it will quickly make an impact on your day-to-day business operations.
Playing video games
I know! I know! Trust me I know! We all love video games! Well most of us do anyway, if you do and are like me patiently waiting for a new game to come out (like Red Dead Redemption 2- which is AMAZING), you can get lost playing a video game for 3 to 4 hours in the evening.
Video games are fun, exciting, and can sometimes help you clear your mind so we can focus on larger tasks later. When you look at the overall picture they are still a huge time waster. Not only are they a time waster for your business, but you are losing valuable time with your family.
Those 3 to 4 hours can be spent creating content for your business, working on a new freebie, or having a game night or game day with your family. One way to combat this time waster is to simply give yourself one day for a few hours where you can play your video games each week.
That way you are still focusing on you and doing something you enjoy which is good for your mental health, and you’re not taking time out of a business day to be counterproductive.
You might work every day with your business when it first gets off the ground but if you want to work five days a week or even six days a week that one day off you can use to spend more time with your family or by doing things that you enjoy such as playing amazing life-changing video games.
So now that you have a few tips to get rid of the biggest time wasters in your day what will you do to execute your new strategies? Let me know in the comments below!
We’ll talk soon!