How to be a Mom and Create an Effortless Work-Life Balance
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Balancing mom life and work-life can definitely be a challenge!
Finding time to accomplish all of the things on your to-do list for your home and business and still have quality time to make precious memories with your kiddos can feel like quite the daunting task.
Looking for some tips and tricks to get it all done as a Mompreneur? Read on!
Your Environment Matters
Creating a space that is just for your work can help you to focus and create some boundaries between work life and personal life. So if you have your laptop and papers out on the kitchen counter while you are making dinner, it jumbles the boundaries and makes things feel more overwhelming.
Even if you don’t have a separate room to dedicate to an office, you might consider having a small desk in the corner of a room, that is just for your business.
Things to Consider When You do Have Focused Work Time:
- Keeping Your Distractions to a Minimum – Closing all the unnecessary tabs in your browser when you are working, can help you to focus and be more productive when you do sit down to work. – this may seem simple, and even silly, but it can help keep you from getting sidetracked and distracted from what you are trying to get accomplished.
- Take Advantage of the Quite Times in Your Home – Taking advantage of the quiet early morning hours. For me the first few hours of the day are the hours when I am the freshest and most productive for me. I am usually my most creative early in the day, so I like to take advantage of the peaceful time before the kids get up.
- Use Strategic Tools to Help You Focus – One tool you can use to your advantage is to set a timer – you can use this in a few different ways. You can set a timer for a particular task, like doing some writing, which early morning is a wonderful time to do this. So you would set your timer for 15-20-30 minutes and then just focus on one task in that time. You can also use this to help limit your time on social media. Social media platforms are a great way to reach people around the globe, make connections and serve others, but it can be easy to get lost in the feed and loose track of time. So using a timer when you decide to get on social media is a great way to stay focused and keep you from getting lost in the feed.
Beyond the Technical Aspects of Being a Mom and a Business Owner
Setting Healthy Boundaries
In addition to having a separate place for your business within your home, it is important to set office hours, so that you have focused work time, but you also have focused family time.
It can often feel like we have so much to do!
Let’s be honest – there is and always be more to do. So taking a deep breath, and allowing ourselves to be present with our family.
When you do have time to work – focus on work. It is amazing how much you can get done in a short period of time – when you are Intentional instead of procrastinating and not prioritizing the most important things first.
If you need help figuring out what you need to focus on, and you feel like your to do list is daunting check out the Eisenhower Matrix to help you bring more clarity to what is really important and what you need to be spending your time on.
When Office Hours are Over…
On the other hand – when you have time with your family – be fully present with them.
Allow yourself to enjoy the moments with your kids and make those precious memories with them.
I recently heard someone say, “You only have 18 summers with your kids.” That statement really put things into perspective for me.
I don’t want my kids to think that my smart phone is more important to me than they are. I want them to feel really loved and cherished and one way to do that is to be present and focus on my sweet kiddos!
Give Yourself Grace
As moms, our schedules are often not the same from day to do and especially when we have younger kiddos, we often have to work around nap times and sick kiddos..teething…and emotional upsets.
It is okay that our work schedule doesn’t look like the 9-5 that we may have been used to before kids.
That is part of the beauty of creating your own business.
Stay In Touch with Your Feminine Side
Stay in touch with your feminine side. Of course there will be some managerial and administrative work that you do, but sometimes we overlook the fact that making the connection, nurturing the relationships, and creating beauty in the world are actually productive parts of our business too.
These aspects may be less tangible and harder to chart, but they are vitally important, and women tend to naturally excel at these.
So on days when all you did was to make a connection or check in on a friend, consider that part of your work. See it as adding value to another person’s life. That is part of building a solid business foundation.
I remember being a part of a corporate world, before my kids were born, and while data and bottom lines are important, I think as moms we are missing out if we do not play on our strengths and connect with our community.
Prioritize Your Self Care
And last but definitely not least is self care.
Prioritizing our self care is so important. That is how we fill out tanks, as moms, so that we are not running on empty. That is how we have the energy to give to our families and work on our businesses.
Taking time for self care helps you to live with more intention and helps to guide your day in a beautiful way.
If you need some support in this area, be sure to download the free simple self care journal for moms, that I created just for you!
It is a 7-day journal with prompts and uplifting quotes, that only takes a few minutes a day, and will bring so much beauty into your life.