As a mom and an entrepreneur, I sometimes feel as if I'm being pulled in a million different directions. I'm running a business and a home, paying attention to the needs of my clients and my kids. I constantly have to remind myself that I can't do it all. And I stopped trying.
There are certain adjustments I have to make and routines I need to develop.
Here are some of the ways I balance motherhood and business.
Constraint leads to creativity and innovation
With kids, I have fewer hours in the day to get things done. But I believe we aren't limited by the hours we put in, but by what we put in those hours.
I schedule my day in an effort to stay more focused and less distracted and make decisions more quickly. But I'm always willing to make adjustments - both work and family life require flexibility.
Separate important v. urgent tasks
Get your important tasks done first to leave room for urgent tasks. This is the easiest way to prevent distractions and increase productivity.
Important tasks are tasks that contribute to long-term missions and goals, such as creating content, making connections and learning. Urgent tasks are tasks that have to be dealt with immediately, such as phone calls, impending deadlines, and situations requiring an immediate response.
Increase your hourly rate
My time is limited which makes it valuable, so I need to focus on high-value tasks and delegate any others. This could mean hiring an assistant, focusing on larger transactions, or creating passive income streams that earn while I spend time with my kids or sleep.
Let go of any guilt
It's natural to feel some guilt when we can't be fully present with our children at all times. But I remind myself that we are a family working towards a common goal. Being an entrepreneur teaches my kids independence and hard work and creates a model for their future success. My kids also reap the benefits of my achievements.
If you’re a working parent, it’s important to be patient with yourself, be willing to be flexible and also find time for yourself! All of these habits and routines help me to do that, while also allowing me to grow my own business and spend quality time with my children.