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Time Management for Female Founders - Maximizing Productivity

business growth leadership strategy Apr 13, 2023
Maximizing Your Time and Productivity: Tips for Busy Entrepreneurs


Time waits for no one, not even for those who call themselves entrepreneurs. Let's face it, folks, we all struggle with time management.

We swear by our fancy planners and apps, but when the deadline is creeping up, we're still madly typing away at 3 AM. Our lack of productivity has us looking like snails on Xanax.

Now, I've read nearly all of the books that exist on time management and productivity. My ADHD mind can slip into moments of deep focus and concentration; however, I sometimes struggle to organize all of the pieces of life and business to find time for that "deep work." And if you are like me, I am excited to share some strategies that have really helped me. Maybe they will help you too.

So hang up your "I'm busy" sign, cancel that Netflix subscription, and join us on this wild journey to productivity. Let's time manage like our lives depend on it!

It's easy to get lost in the never-ending cycle of work, but CEOs have to maintain a balance. You may be stacking achievements but burning yourself out in the process. Can you say that you are truly maximizing your time and productivity? That's the real question.

It takes discipline, focus, and a willingness to delegate tasks. But isn't that why you're the CEO? You need to be the visionary, the driving force behind your company.

We know we shouldn't get bogged down in the minutiae. That we must learn to say no. Prioritize our day, set realistic goals, and knock them out one by one. It's not about working harder; it's about working smarter. We all know this stuff, right?

So why don't we do it?

Today I am going to share three extremely practical tips you can implement today to get yourself on track. I've come back to these exercises time and time again. It's a process of constant course correction.


1. Perform a Time Audit

I love this quote by Ray Dalio, "In the end, accuracy and kindness are the same thing." To me, this means-- don't lie to yourself (or others for that matter). It's important to take a long, hard look at the stuff you actually spend your time on. We may "feel" like we are working on the right things. But are we really?

The only way to know for sure is by doing a calendar audit. Take the time to track everything that you work on. Be honest with yourself. Just by understanding what you actually take on day to day can shift your whole perspective. But the next tip will really clarify this for you.


2. Keep a CEO Scorecard

Big-time consultants and coaches love advising the CEOs they work with to keep a scorecard to boost productivity. The idea is to help them focus on their highest-level tasks, and you should do the same. Are you busy with $10 tasks or $10,000 tasks? Obviously, the ideal situation is to be operating in your "zone of genius" serving yourself and your team at your highest level. Of course that is not always possible but awareness is the first step. Take a look at the diagram below for some ideas on $10 vs $10,000 tasks. Where are you spending your time? But see for yourself.


3. The art of multitasking (badly)

As entrepreneurs, we're constantly juggling a million things at once - networking, meetings, brainstorming sessions, and more! So, it's no surprise that we are constantly trying to master ''Time Management'' in order to stay on top of our game. But, let's be real: multitasking is not our strong suit.

I mean, have you ever tried to type an email while simultaneously listening to a pitch deck? It's a recipe for disaster. So, let's embrace the fact that it isn't possible to do our best work while multitasking and set some boundaries with time and limit others having access to you during working hours.

Who knows? By doing this, maybe your team will appreciate you for being so refreshingly human and learn some lessons about their own work habits in the process

And there you have it my entrepreneurial friends, my own keys to time management and productivity. Now go forth and conquer, but not before setting aside an hour for a midday nap (highly recommended by successful CEOs) followed by a quick 10-minute dance party to reignite your creative juices. Remember, even the most efficient entrepreneurs need a break every now and then.

And if all else fails, just lock yourself in a room with a pack of Oreos and a good old-fashioned motivational poster. You got this.

Peace out, productivity gurus!

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