5 Steps to Balance Work and Family as a Mompreneur.
Is there really that balance of work and family? There sure is! Have I achieved it? Not yet!
Notice my title, it doesn’t say “How to balance work and family” – I’m sharing how I’m trying to balance work and family and hope these tips will help you in your mompreneurial journey.
#1 Get “me” time before giving it to your loved ones.
I know, I know, this sounds a bit selfish – but when was the last time you did something for yourself? (eating a piece of chocolate while hiding in the closet doesn’t count) When you give yourself time before anyone has a chance to take over it – you give yourself an incredible way to start the day, and be the best wife, mom, and wife you can be. Yes, I’m talking about a morning routine again. It’s something that I am so grateful for! Waking up a few hours before your children do, fuels your sanity and patience so that you can spend your precious time to your loved ones.
#2 Find a support system.
This is huge. Before organizing Mompreneur Community – I didn’t have the peer support I have today. If it wasn’t for my husbands love and support, I’m not sure where I’d be today. Support comes in many different ways. It could be as simple as someone to talk to who understands your mompeneurial lifestyle, someone to help you with your children (either a mom, sister, or a babysitter), a friend, or a colleague you can reach out to for help and advice. It’s so important to take the first step and find those people in your life. My father in law always says, “To be a friend, you must be friendly.” So if you want support from others, be supportive to them.
#3 Create a schedule
I know some of you reading this are probably not very happy with this step. I understand. I wasn’t either. I’m not a planning type of person at all – but since working with a coach, I’ve created a master calendar that almost dictates what I do all day every day and it feels so good. I no longer have to waste my energy thinking about what to do next, or what to cook next (still working on this one) – my calendar tells me. And the funny thing is – no one created the calendar but me! So it has all the things that are important to me and that I want to (and need to) get done. Scheduling Friday as a laundry day has saved my sanity more than I can explain – I never think about the laundry getting full, or think when I should do it – it’s already scheduled and it’s happening every Friday! It’s amazing!
#4 Create a full on family day or two
The weekends are our family days, the days I don’t do any work (just during my morning routine before everyone wakes up) It feels so good not to think about coaching clients, writing blog posts, and reaching out to HARO (more on that later). It doesn’t have to be extravagant, schedule something fun to do together, or just get out of the house for a road trip (love!). It is so rejuvenating to focus all my attention and energy on those whom I love so dearly. Plus, it gives my brain a break, too
#5 Don’t forget about your spouse
I didn’t leave this for last to make it look less important. I left this point last because I want this to make a last and strong impression on you. There are so many women in business that forget about how important this is – spending quality time with your husband and meeting his needs and desires. We mompreneurs are go getters, we’re lady bosses, we’re managers – but when it comes to our husbands – we need to leave all that moxie for when we’re working on our business and focus on our husbands just as we are – sweet, humble, gentle, and attentive. There are more mompreneurs than I can count that lost their marriages because they were working too hard on their businesses. Don’t make that mistake. If your marriage is important to you, as it is to me, make sure you spend quality time with the man you promised to love and to hold no matter what. Keep you promise <3
What do you think about these points? There are many other factors that come into play and some of you might even say that there is no such thing as balance, it’s more like a juggle – and I agree. What else would you add? What do you do to keep your family more balanced?
Until next time, with love and blessings.