If you are a self-employed mom, you already know that your attention is stretched to capacity. But, you are strong, capable, and determined, and you’re not going to let the fact that you’re one woman stop you from doing the job of 10 men. Here are a few tips on how to help you grind for your business while also managing your life.
Improve your office space.
When you have a home office, it’s really tempting to look at it as anything other than a room in your home. But, it is not. This is your company and your livelihood. Solopreneur Grind suggests making sure your home office has your personal style and ensuring that it is well lit. These two minor changes will help you be more productive. But, you also have to make sure that your family knows that you are off-limits while you are trying to concentrate on work. One idea: order a stop sign door hanger from Etsy, which also gives you a chance to support other mom entrepreneurs.
Get some help with the kids.
As much as we like to believe we can do it all, the truth is that we do, sometimes, need a bit of help. There’s no shame in bringing in a babysitter or childcare helper to assist for a few hours each week. The $17.50 per hour you are likely to pay will buy you time to be productive at work so that you can devote more of your energy to your family in the off-hours.
Use a monthly planner.
As a mom and an entrepreneur, you have lots to do. Unfortunately, it’s easy to forget that Susie has a ballet recital on the same day you have an important meeting with a new client. But, if you take the time to create an online calendar, you can see everything that you have to do for the next 30 days. You can use a template (many even have customization options, such as fun stickers, videos, and other graphic visual reminders). By knowing what you have to do in the coming days and weeks, you’ll better meet your deadlines and won’t let anybody down. While you’re planning ahead, make sure to pencil in some time for self-care, even if it’s just for a few minutes each day.
Get off social media.
If you’ve noticed that you’re comparing yourself to others, stop. As the Possibility Change blog explains, social media isn’t reality. Although you might be struggling to keep up with your workload and your family, it’s easy to think that the people you follow are having it easy. Chances are, they are not. Quit comparing yourself to the digital fantasies of others, and spend a few days off of social media each month to help ground you back to reality.
Schedule time off.
We’ve already mentioned taking time for personal care and getting off of social media. But, you should also schedule time for vacations. Although it can be difficult when you have a million things piled up on your plate and you know that you have to pay Little League fees, you have to step away from work so that you can return refreshed and more productive. The Lee Group asserts that taking time off helps you reset mentally and may be a great way to put the spark back into your romantic relationship.
Being a solopreneur is hard work. Coupled with kids, coffee dates, housecleaning, volunteering, and the thousands of other things we do as moms, it’s sometimes difficult to prioritize and segment your time in a healthy and productive way. The tips above can help you run your business even when you’re juggling motherhood and life.
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