As you know, I am a mother, nurse, and an entrepreneur. There is one thing they all have in common --- I have learned to multitask to get things done for all of them. When you run a business, a household, or a hospital department, there is another thing everything has in common...you have to learn to prioritize.
I remember in nursing school one of the biggest things they drilled into our heads was to prioritize. The professors would tell us that that was going to be our biggest pitfall on the NCLEX exam. I passed mine on the first try so I must've been listening.
Before my shift every day, I do what is most important. Sometimes that means dealing with the most critical patient, with the nurse caring for her as a charge nurse, or sometimes it means just to have a room ready for a patient who may just come in and have a baby. Whatever that priority is, I'm always prepared and ready for anything.
As a mom, it's stressful and different ways. There are priorities to get the house clean, to get kids to different practices, grocery shopping, laundry, dinner, or just family time. Depending on the day, prioritizes the task for me.
Be my own boss isn't easy especially those cold winter mornings. I have to get up before my kids or my productivity is not as effective. I use tools to help manage my blog social media and more. I have drafted cover letters pitches and my resume saved right at my fingertips for different jobs I may be interested in applying for.
How to prioritize - Be a List Maker
I always say there's two types of people in this world list makers and Non-list makers. I am a list maker. My husband, is not a list maker, but he understands my list. A typical day at my house you may find two or three lists around. They are usually what I need to do in order of how I need to do it. Wake up and coffee usually hit the list first.
I have two separate lists, a work list at a family list. If I'm off work and wake up early, my work list gets started sometimes in conjunction with my home list. For example, I can throw in a load of laundry as I write a new blog post. I can research before the kids get up for breakfast but, have their lunches made before they get up.
Prioritizing also gives me the flexibility to not complete the list. My type a personality likes the list to be complete. I have a little bit of impatience in me that if it's not complete, all I do is think about it. That is why I don't add everything to my list.
So, that is how I do it in a nutshell current time into your day is not easy especially with little ones, but, you're not alone. If you need help or advice please reach out.
I have one question for you though are you a list maker or non-list maker?