Do you ever find yourself wanting it all?

When I left my corporate job, it was because I wanted to have my cake and eat it too. I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom and provide additional income for my family — and today, that’s exactly what I do!

But let me tell ya… sometimes balancing the two can be a productivity nightmare! When you’re home, there’s always something else to do — last week’s laundry, finally cleaning out the fridge, getting in a snuggle with your kiddos. It can be easy to let work slip when you’re a work-from-home entrepreneur.

The solution? Be ultra-productive with the time you have!

Here are some of my favorite systems + strategies I’ve used to make the most of my time so I can have my cake and eat it too (and I don’t have to run off to a coffee shop every time I want to knock out serious work).

1. Use a planner / calendar

If you don’t know where your time is going, how can you make the most of it? Use a planner or calendar to set appointments. I’m a huge fan of Google Calendar, and I use Acuity Scheduling to automate my client scheduling process and measure how much time tasks take. It’s magic!

2. Make a to-do list

Every Saturday I brain dump everything I need to do for the week, then organize it into to-dos. Once Monday comes around, I know exactly what I need to knock out and when. Get organized and put those thoughts down on paper!

3. Wake up early

This tip is in almost every book about success. I find this especially helpful as a mother of a toddler! Waking up before the rest of the family gives me uninterrrupted time to focus on the things that are important to business growth. What about you? What will waking up earlier do for you? Create more time in your day? Give you uninterrupted time to work on your business?

4. Have business hours

It’s way too easy to multitask when you work from home, but doing so means that you’re always working, too! Think about it — if you’re doing laundry, cooking, taking personal calls, etc. when you’re supposed to be working, chances are you’re answering emails, posting on social media, etc. when you’re supposed to be relaxing. Stick to business hours to keep work and personal time separate!

5. Eliminate distractions

Turn off your iPhone notifications, put your phone on Do Not Disturb, keep your email tab closed — these are all just a few ways to tune out the constant distractions that pop up when you work online. Be disciplined and focused… I promise it will pay off!

What are a few of YOUR favorite time management tips? Share them on your Instagram Story and tag me @rachelrmcmichael so I can see!

Here’s to getting more done!