The question I get ALL THE TIME is “how do you have time?!?” It’s like people think it’s impossible for me to succeed at a corporate job, coach, and be a parent. Well, I am here to tell you that is isn’t always easy, but it CAN be done and each job plays a very important role in my life. So this is for those people who are currently in the work world, are interested in coaching, but think you can’t do both.
It is all about TIME MANAGEMENT!
This is how it works for me. My first priority is to my family. Second to my career at J&J, lastly coaching.
Here are some of my time management tips for every day.
- Plan out your meals on the weekend. I don’t have time to actually meal prep, but I either grocery shop or ShopRite from home everything I need for the week. I’ll even freeze some meats to defrost later. I know what I’m going to make for dinner so when we get home I just start cooking
- Get up early. I know this is the one that everyone hates, but when you carve out time in the morning you can start your day on the right foot. For me, that means 5:30 exercise, 6:15 shower, kids up at 6:30-7, breakfast and getting the kids out the door by 8.
- Work smarter, not harder. I had a co-op last year say this and it stuck! Instead of opening up 5,000 things. Complete 1 task at a time, then move onto the next. I also work through lunch in order to get more accomplished and sometimes take walking conference calls or meetings.
- Put everything on the calendar. There are actually a lot of hours in a day.
Here are my tips for adding coaching into the mix
- Use social media scheduling tools. When I have a group I am running and I know what I want the daily message to be, I use a free post scheduler like postcron. I’ll plan out my week of posts on Sunday and schedule them to post daily at 6 am, while I am actually showering.
- Put time on the calendar to exercise. Mine is 5:30, that is an appointment with myself. Don’t skip it.
- Put time on the calendar to talk to people and ONLY check your phone/social media at that time. Mine is 9-10pm or 10-11 pm after my husband goes to sleep. I also check in on Sunday.
Bottom line, Be flexible and have fun. Learn new things and meet new people. You never know where inspiration will come from.
These 2 are why I do both. The corporate world challenges my brain and coaching helps me grow as an individual.
Make time for what is important. Even something as small as 10’minutes of coloring before bed really gives us quality time together.
Don’t limit yourself. This is a big world that is growing and changing. You have the ability to make an impact on people’s lives. Think big. Don’t put yourself in a box. You can do and be whatever you set your mind to. Never stop growing, never stop learning.