We are veering away from social media and digital marketing today and focusing more on the super popular topic of work-life balance. With nine kids between us, it’s a thing we get asked a lot. Like a lot. Because aside from our work to-do list, there are also the kids’, and if we’re being really honest, our husbands’ every now and then. So in this post, we are sharing the top three ways we get things done and the tools we use to do them. We’ve used this for a while now and it’s been working well.
We Asana it
If you don’t know what Asana is, then we highly suggest you download the app on your phone. Asana is a productivity app that allows you and the members of your team to assign each other tasks. You can also access it on your desktop. You can create projects, categorise To Do lists and add due dates for each task. There’s also a tab for conversations and comments, as well as a more extensive description of that task. The feeling of ticking the task that’s been done is awesome. It also allows us to focus on our own task without having to micromanage each other — which is the best way to go, anyway.
We trust each other
Let’s face it. We’re not kids anymore so we need to take responsibility for our own work. We’ve been lucky to find workmates that we can trust. We delegate the tasks accordingly, based on our strengths. And did we mention we have nine kids between us? There are lessons and play dates and lessons and school activities and doctor’s appointments. The usual 9-5 obviously doesn’t work for us. We work around our kids but when we do, we tell each other about it so that if there is something pressing, the others can pick up the slack. Scheduling and communication are super important to us. And also, we can admit when we need help.
We arm ourselves with experts
We don’t know everything (shock of the century!). We constantly educate ourselves about new things because it’s necessary especially if you’re in the digital marketing space. But when it comes to stuff like financial forecasting, value gap analysis and exit strategies, we need help. So we get help. We have our accountant on speed dial. We meet with our business advisors regularly. We brainstorm with our senior strategist. We check with our lawyer. We basically make sure we cover our behinds on things we don’t understand. Because you know what? The law isn’t going to care whether or not you got distracted because your third child pushed a pea up her nose. The government expects you to follow the rules so you need to know them.