Creating Capacity: Tricia Shares Her Top Time-Management Tricks
When it comes to building capacity, in essence, it’s all about improving effectiveness. In terms of efficiency, I think we can all agree that it isn’t just organisations that need a bit of guidance to be more effective. One of the main areas that cause ineffectiveness, is poor time management. Striking the perfect balance between work and family is a challenge many professional faces. As a parent and business owner, Tricia Jones often gets asked how she does it all.
Here are her words of wisdom for getting the most out of your day.
What are your top tips for working parents?
My top tips for parents who struggle to balance work and family are to:
1. Let go of the superhero cape, and with it, the superhero expectations you have of yourself.
2. Stop from time to time and ask yourself: “Where am I in all of this?” Don’t neglect yourself and your needs, as it’s difficult to see to the needs of others when you’re running on an empty tank yourself.
3. If you wouldn’t dream of putting your children under the amount of pressure you put yourself under, then stop! Be realistic about what you can and can’t do, then revert to point 1.
4. Always remember that it’s not what’s coming out of your mouth that’s teaching your children important life lessons about balance, it’s the example you set.
A capacity builder’s take on time
“If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it!” comes to mind. So, first things first: Before we start scheduling in more toilet breaks and tree-hugging sessions, analyse your time to work out where and how you are spending it.
You will quickly pick up the patterns of where you’re spending your time wisely vs. where your time is being wasted. Then, once you’ve seen what you’ve seen, you can’t un-see it, right? The next step is to then do something about it. Yip, that might even include asking for some help with the stuff that falls into the “time wasting” category.
How does motivation fit in to all of this?
Motivation in its purest form is nothing more than energy, and energy is what we need to get stuff done. The way I see it is that you simply have to figure out what motivates you, where you draw your energy from, and then do more of that.
As a parent, by better understanding your energy sources (strengths and motivators) and tapping into these each day in everything you do, you will essentially be gifting your child with a real-life example of how they too can tap into their energy source and get the best out of their day.
Work and parenting: Mission impossible?
I would say to all those questioning whether or not they can do it, to just give it a whirl. The only way to really find what you like, what you don’t like, what works for you, and what doesn’t, is for you to just do it. I mean what’s the worst that could happen, right?
Maybe you will realise it’s not for you and then you’ll figure out a way to do one or the other.
Maybe you hit your head a few times, make some pretty big mistakes, and learn some big lessons from it.
Maybe, like so many before you, you figure out how to make it work for you and then you have to spend a lot of your time sharing your pearls of wisdom with others.
Maybe just maybe, it will be another chapter in your journey of life and you’ll live to tell the story.
I would love to hear your own tips or tricks, so please get in touch so we can share our stories, journeys, and life lessons.