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Brit Morin was 25 when she left Google to start Brit + Co, a lifestyle and education company focused on helping women cultivate creative confidence. Now – 10 years, $50 million in funding and 1.2 billion page views later – Morin’s passion is empowering more women to take the entrepreneurial leap. She is a managing partner at VC fund Offline Ventures, host of iHeartRadio podcast Teach me something newcreator of Selfmade, a 10-week start-your-own-business course for female founders, and most recently — londonbusinessblog.com advice columnist. Find her answers to the most personal and pressing questions of female entrepreneurs here.
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As a multi-passionate londonbusinessblog.com, how do you prioritize your time between projects?
In today’s fast-paced life, how to find balance has never been more critical. Overloading yourself by compromising the time you have set aside for yourself and running from one project to another can lead to burnout. As a multi-passionate londonbusinessblog.com, it can seem like an almost impossible feat!
The key to achieving balance is much more complex than simply blocking your time; it starts with a positive attitude and develops towards better time organization and shifting priorities. So, how do you break the cycle and prioritize your time between projects? Read more…
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Focus is the key
There will never be as much time in the day as we want, so selecting the primary focus for your time is the first step to success. List all your tasks and rank them in order of importance, recognizing from the outset that the average person will always accomplish less in a day than we planned. Let go of the idea that one day you can complete every task and project on your to-do list – as your tasks and projects shift, your list will start to grow. For example, I work long hours to start and end my day, so I have time before and after all my meetings to catch up on email, the news, and more.
Some people take pride in their ability to juggle multiple tasks at once and believe in the myth that they accomplish more in a day. However, multitasking means that your mind can never really focus on a particular task. Studies have shown that a natural consequence of an increase in functions is an increase in errors, which affects your memory and inhibits creativity. The solution? Remove as many distractions as possible and become completely absorbed in the material/task. Pro tip: I turn off all notifications on Slack so I don’t get bombarded with alerts while trying to focus.
Learn when to say no
“No” isn’t a bad word, and I’m all for putting it at the forefront of my vocabulary! Saying yes to every project, email request, and calendar invite is a recipe for disaster and an unhappy work life. Saying no helps you focus on the projects and goals that matter most to you and protects your ability to do a great job.
Work in time blocks
You’ve already got rid of your multitasking habit, so how should you organize the rest of your day to be as productive as possible? Block time! Time blocking is an organizational method that divides your day into smaller blocks of time. You can choose how big or small your blocks are, adjust them as you go, and stop wondering what to work on next. Combine similar tasks in the same block, add blocks for personal items and book your time blocks with breaks. I try to leave Friday afternoons unstructured so I can either have ad hoc meetings, take care of personal things, or finish my week efficiently so I don’t have a weekend of “homework”.
Give yourself a break
As multi-passionate entrepreneurs, we easily forget to schedule a break. There always seems to be more phone calls, emails to send and tasks to get done. But to stay productive and creative, taking breaks is imperative. It can be as simple as:
- Scheme: As an londonbusinessblog.com, you probably have an organized schedule full of your most pressing work obligations. I suggest being equally organized with the personal promises you make to yourself. Grab your calendar and start adding in the fun times so you can be sure you’ve planned them when the time comes.
- Disconnect: In our digital age, we are always one click away from our work. Leave your laptop at home and put your cell phone on do not disturb so you can really be in the moment when you choose to take a break.
- Delegate: Learn to lean on your team or contractors and delegate so you can distance yourself. Delegating is not easy; it is a skill that must be practiced and formed over time. But the better you become at delegating, the more effectively you can prevent burnout.
- Personal growth: Find time for professional growth that feels like personal growth. Join a fun community of like-minded entrepreneurs like Home-madeand expand your creative journey by attending one of Selfmade’s many workshops.
As you learn to master your schedule, I want to hear from you! Contact me via DM on @brit and let me know how you juggle everything.
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