On Tuesday night I attended my weekly Mary Kay Success Meeting where we celebrate each others accomplishments and receive training on a topic that will help us in our business as well as our personal life. This past Tuesday’s training was on Time Management and I was so excited to hear what Sara, a Sales Director with Mary Kay, had to contribute and teach upon!
Sara started off by sharing her personal story- and how she got into the regularity of planning her month and weeks using a calendar and notebook system. Her story really seemed to match my current situation so I took vigorous notes! The first thing she recommended was getting your business goals and personal goals written in a place where you can then figure out the strategies to meet those goals. This task should be completed with the help of your spouse if possible because ultimately it affects your entire family. I loved her organization tips and ways she manages her time. Sara, a mother of two and a full time Mary Kay Sales Director uses a variety of time management tools to manage her life in both her business and family life. She has designated set days for certain tasks- for example Tuesday nights we have our Mary Kay Success meeting, Wednesday nights are family nights, Friday nights are date nights…. etc.
The importance of time management may be different for each one of us, but Sara recommended choosing a system that works for you! I, personally, have 1 planner that has all of my obligations and schedule in it. For example- M-F from 6:30-4pm I am working, Tuesday nights from 7-9 I am at my Mary Kay meeting, Saturday mornings I am at the Mary Kay Studio offering facials, Sundays I have church, etc. Since Garrett’s work schedule varies each week, I can only plan out date nights and other activities with him for the month (schedules are released on a monthly basis). However, this may not be the system for everyone- you may like to have a monthly dry erase board on the fridge, or a hourly planner, etc. Finding a method to manage your time is vital and whatever method you choose is perfect for you!
Another tip that my sales director Terri taught was color coding your calendar- and being sure that you’re designating the time properly. For example she gave me categories such as family holidays/birthdays, ‘me’ time (1 hour per day minimum), business building time, church, family time, date night, etc. Then just assign a color to them and use colored pencils to set aside each one! With one glance, you’ll be able to see your entire week/month in color!
What time management tips and techniques work for you? I’d love to hear your suggestions!