Being a Mompreneur can get tough sometimes, especially when you work from home. The most important thing I’ve learned thus far in my journey as a Mompreneur is scheduling and organizing my time. Planning is E V E R Y T H I N G! It’s so easy to get home life and work life mixed up, which is why I’m writing this blog: so you can learn from my mistakes.
First things first, you need to use your mom strengths to help you run your business. Whether you have one child or several, you’re always marking calendars, documenting your children’s milestones, setting alarms and goals, prioritizing your time, and more. All of these things are AWESOME skills to have and easy to implement in your
So let’s talk about balancing your mom life and entreprenur life by using these mom strengths. One of the first things I do when I wake up (after basking in the temporary silence of the house and enjoying the only time I’ll have the bathroom to myself) is set a daily, prioritized goals and tasks list for myself. The key word here is P R I O R I T I Z E D. This is an all-encompassing list that helps me get in the right mind-frame for the day. It can be as simple as:
- Drop daughter off at school
- Return client calsl and emails
- Edit photos
- Meeting with Asst.
- Pay bills
Or it can be a more extensive and detailed schedule. If you’re like me with more to do in the day than there are hours, planning your week ahead with an hour by hour prioritized list is a great way to go. I’d also like to note that things on your list like “paying bills” that apply to both business and home can be done at the same time. Don’t stress yourself out trying to completely separate the two. It’s okay to pay bills for business and home, just be sure not to mix up your accounts 😉
After getting my day prioritized, reviewing my calendar for my business life and mom life, and setting my goals, I like to take a few minutes to get out of my pajamas and get over to my “designated office space.” Whether it’s the corner of your bedroom or your dining room table, cordoning off a set area in your home for just work is essential to helping stay on task. Having this space also helps when it comes time to U N P L U G! Yes, unplug!
Working from home works in my favor when it comes to dropping off and picking up my daughter from preschool or getting to the doctor, because I get to set my own hours. However, it’s imperative to have a routine. Consistency is key for both your business and your mom life. So, creating a set time frame for work and trying to stick to it is not a bad thing. Neither is unplugging from work completely at the end of the day. You don’t want to overdo it or burn
I want to discuss one last great mom strength we all have: seeking out new opportunities. As a mom, I always find myself looking for new ways to interact with my toddler, activities to keep her busy (especially when I’m trying to work), groups or events she can participate it; you get the idea. Whether it’s daily, weekly, or monthly, applying this strength to your business keeps things fresh. In the same way you search for new opportunities for your children and your family, hunt down new ideas and resources for your business. Allocate set amounts of time on a regular basis to research ways to refresh and renew your brand.
So, my fellow mompreneurs, don’t forget to USE THOSE MOM STRENGTHS! Apply those skills from motherhood to entrepreneurship to help your business succeed. I’ve found the mom life/work life balance is attainable by using my family’s schedule to help shape by business schedule and being C O N S I S T E N T. The best way to enhance your work life productivity (and keep your sanity!) is through the peaceful, successful correlation of your mom life and work life by using your strengths.
Next time, I’m going to share with you about my impending maternity leave!
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