Being a mompreneur can be considered as one of the most difficult jobs on the planet. Being a mom alone can be tough in itself. But now you’ve made a decision to run your own business in addition to being a parent.
Honestly speaking, it really doesn’t get any more wonderful, yet challenging, than that! Doing both and having all these different responsibilities, means a lot where finding some balance is concerned.
Finding your work-life balance will help you keep your sanity and continue to have it all. It will give you the time you need to enjoy the life you’ve designed for both you and your family.
Years ago when I started my business, I never knew if I was coming or going. It seemed like I just couldn’t manage to get things done in a timely manner.
I would have a plan, set my goals, and could not achieve them because of everything going on in my external environment. I couldn’t blame anyone else but myself because I did not take control. I let everything around me, control what I was and was not doing. When I say it was tough, I mean it. Not only am I a mom, but I’m a single mom, which means everything falls on my shoulders.
So, in order to keep myself sane and out of the crazy house, I have to make some decisions and changes. I was no longer going to let my business get away from me, because of my lack of discipline to balance it all out. I wasn’t going to neglect my family to run my business either. It was time to regroup and figure out how I was going to make this thing work, no matter what changes and sacrifices I needed to make.
The first thing I did was schedule time for everything.
I didn’t schedule a time, I scheduled time. There’s a difference here. I know that it may sound far out, but scheduling time to work and time to play really does help with the process of finding balance that is a good fit for you. Having a schedule conducive to your life forces you to look at your priorities and say “wait a minute, I need to make time for this, this and this.”
Let’s say you decide that working on your business from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. every weekday works out best for you. After that time you can schedule some free time or a break and then you have the rest of the day all the way up until bedtime to focus on your mommy duties.
On the other hand, you may decide that working a few hours every evening during the week works best for you especially if you have to take the kids to school, pick them up, or if you’re working a day job and you can only work on your business during evening hours. There’s no right or wrong schedule here.
You just have to choose the best option for your life design.
The next thing I did was prioritize.
This is probably the most crucial thing on my list of changes. It affects both your business and your personal life.
If you look at every area of your life, there’s always more to do. Things pop up here and there but take the time to prioritize. Now, it’s a no-brainer that when it comes to your business, your priorities are likely to be your income-producing activities.
If you’re a service based entrepreneur, then the time spent working with clients is a high priority. If you’re into more hands on things such as affiliate or infoproduct marketing, then planning and creating content is what brings in your profits.
On the personal side, spending time with your partner each week is a priority – as is spending quality time with your children. However, cleaning the house-not so much.
Get help and don’t be ashamed to ask for it.
Once you know where your priorities are, you’ll most certainly notice that there are tasks and responsibilities that are not on that list. For example, the house cleaning or your bookkeeping. These are tasks that get pushed to the back of the list. These are also tasks that you can get help with. You can always outsource the housecleaning or bookkeeping to a professional if it’s in your budget.
Make sure that when you outsource a task you fill the available time created with a high priority task. For example, if you outsource your bookkeeping perhaps that frees up three hours of your time each month. Make sure you use that time to work on income-producing activities. The goal is to earn more money than you’re spending on outsourcing. Either that, or you’ll be in debt…which would really suck.
Finally, learn to recognize when your life feels out of balance.
There’s no formula for this that I can tell you. It’s up to you to know when things are crazy. I have to deal with my own crazy. This is where regular “me time” sessions and quiet time alone can help. You can perform an honest analysis of your life and where it is going and make any changes necessary. This is your life. You are in control babe!