If you’re like me, you’re thinking, What is “it”?
“It” may be defined differently for each person. For me, “it” is living my faith, spending time with my husband and kids, homeschooling my daughter, finding a creative outlet through my work, making money from home, and helping others along the way.
So do I have “it” all? I feel that I do…
It took some time to get here. Lots of late nights, challenges, seeming setbacks, and loads of prayer. It took researching, investing in ebooks and courses, gaining experience, making mistakes, and finding supportive entrepreneurs to journey with.
But I feel that I have “it”. I have those things that are most important to me right now.
So how do I fit all of “it” into my event-filled days?
Create a schedule.
For mompreneurs, a schedule should merely be a guide, not a contract. It should direct your day, but not tie you to a rigid itinerary. By knowing your priorities, you can quickly adjust your schedule to handle more important matters first. Here’s a peek into my typical daily schedule:
5:00 am – Wake up, have personal time
5:30 am – Article writing/blog posts/small tasks
7:15ish am – Get dressed, etc.
7:45 am – Help kids get dressed
8:15 am – Breakfast/cleanup
9:15 am – 2:00 pm – Homeschool/Lunch
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Family time/Read personal emails
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Work time for me (Daddy time for kids)
7:30 pm – Kids’ bedtime routine
8:00 pm – 10:30ish pm – Work time
There are definitely days that my schedule gets altered, but having a plan helps me to focus and allows me to say “no” to those things that don’t belong in my day.
Plan for Interruptions.
Recognizing that life doesn’t follow a schedule, I plan for interruptions. If a task normally would take me 1 hour with no distractions, I tact on an extra 30 – 45 minutes in my schedule for completing that task. This way, if I do get interrupted, I can still get it done without borrowing time from another task. And, if I don’t get interrupted, I just gained an extra 30 – 45 minutes. Who would love a few extra minutes in their day?
Having it all doesn’t mean doing it all. It’s wise to get help from time to time. This may involve swapping childcare with a trusted friend, or hiring a virtual assistant to help you complete an important project or task. Mompreneurs often try to do it all by themselves, but this can slow you down and wear you out.
Take Time Off
Running full steam ahead without taking time off is a recipe for burnout. Even if you feel you can keep going, there may be long-term effects to your body as a result of not slowing down. I typically take one full day off per week plus some “me” time as needed. It keeps my mind fresh and my body healthy.