So, you’re a busy funeral professional with seemingly no time.
Or… do you really have no time?
Is it possible that you could, in fact, have more time for yourself, your family, your friends by getting smarter with your time management?
If you want that reality, it’s yours.
You might be smirking at me as you think about your dozens of meetings this week and giant list of to-do’s.
But give me a few minutes here to explain 5 small changes you can make to your day-to-day routine to create more productivity and more time for yourself. A win win!
Keep reading for these 5 time management tips for busy funeral pros:
Tip #1: Find your productive “sweet spot” and work with it
Are you an early bird or a night owl? What hours of the day do you feel your most ready, productive and helpful to your team? Find your sweet spot where you can get the most done and savor that time for the most urgent tasks of the day. Block this time off, if you can, from arrangement meetings or team meetings and allow yourself to focus on the most important task(s) of the day in this block. This alone will take you so far in your time management journey.
Tip #2: Stop multitasking once and for all
Yes, you can do many things at the same time. We know this. You’re a funeral pro after all., But, is it really helping anyone? Trying to do multiple things at the same time is a recipe for mental exhaustion and stress. Why? Normally when you multitask, you take on more things then you have time to finish in the day. In other words, you end up biting off more than you can chew in one day.
Try focusing on getting one thing done at a time, completing it, and then moving on to the next task. This will free up so much mental space and energy. Because it’s true that every time you cross a thing off your list of “to do’s”, you reduce your anxiety and create more order in the chaos of life.
Tip #3: Create better boundaries with people
You said you’d call your daughter at your lunch time, but you actually need a moment to just BE after client family meetings all day and a huge service on top of that. Instead of falling for the tendency of the “people please” (a classic trait of people who work in service), create boundaries and stick to them. If you really need to focus on something, don’t let anyone or anything get in the way of that (unless absolutely necessary). Which brings us to our next point…
Tip #4: Say NO to distractions
Your Facebook notifications can wait for another moment. Every email alert doesn’t need to be attended to (sometimes, but at least not always). Saying hello to everyone who passes your desk is also nice, but what if you were just 100% focused for 30 minutes instead of giving in to distractions? Try it. Set a timer for 30 minutes and commit to no distractions. See where it takes you. There is a whole method to this, called the Pomodoro Technique if you’re interested in learning more about it.
Tip #5: Schedule time off and down time
Yes. You read that right. You can be MORE productive by scheduling time off. As your schedule is likely unpredictable, there is a flexibility aspect to getting this time in. We recommend trying to schedule in this time each day, whether it’s a walk in the morning or a 5 minute meditation at lunch. Without this precious down time that’s dedicated to only you, you’ll never truly feel refreshed and ready to serve families or show up at your best. Even science says this is a real thing here.
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What time management tips have saved your life, funeral pro? Tell us in the comments below!