15 Jul How To Schedule Life As A Mompreneur
I’ve had the privilege of working as a full time wedding photographer while 8 months pregnant, and then with a newborn. Neither were easy.
The thing about being a mom with a business is that you essentially have THREE jobs:
- Business owner
It feels like you’re DYING.
Am I being dramatic? If you’re a mom, you probably think I’m not being dramatic enough.
So what do you do when it feels like the work day never ever ends?
First things first, schedule in some ME time
Yes, you heard me right. Schedule in that me time. It may be tricky, but if the only way you’re going to get any “me time” is if you schedule it in.
It could be first thing in the morning, before everyone wakes up.
It could be at night, after all the kids have gone to bed.
Ultimately, schedule it at a time when your children are *least* needy. They’ll always be needy, but there are usually periods of time where they don’t need as much.
If you find yourself making all kinds of excuses, STOP.
Stop making excuses, start finding opportunities.
Make this time sacred. Don’t schedule anything during this time.
Create only ONE focus each day
Ultimately, you decide on only one focus for the day, and nothing else.
Create a block of time to get it done. Even though the task may take one hour, schedule in four hours. With kids, you just never know. Again, schedule it when they are the *least* needy.
Schedule in all other tasks
Use an hourly planner to plan out the rest of your day.
- Schedule in your me-time
- Schedule in your FOCUS time
- Schedule appointments
- Schedule chores
- Schedule playtime
- Schedule personal hygiene
This may sound a little ridiculous, scheduling everything by the hour. I realize we need to be flexible as moms, so the best thing you can do is create MARGIN. Lots and lots of margin.
- If you’re scheduling FOCUS time for one hour, block out THREE hours.
- If you’re scheduling chores, if it takes 30 minutes to do the dishes, block out 90 minutes.
- If you need 5 minutes to brush your teeth, schedule 30 minutes.
Would be nice if _______
If you happen to finish well before times up, that rest of the time is up to you. In these instances, I have my “would be nice if I could _______” list. These are tasks, chores, and activities that don’t have a huge priority, don’t take a lot of time, but would be nice if they could be accomplished.
Example of a “Would Be Nice If…” List
- engage in FB groups
- post on social media
- wipe down the fridge
- clean the microwave
- mop the floor
- binge watch on Netflix
- paint your nails
- enjoy a cup of tea
These are things on your “to do” list that are not priority. That way you don’t beat yourself up if you can’t get it done.
Scheduling is going to be hard at first. It’s going to be tricky and it’s going to take a bit of trial and error.
Best thing to do is try to wake up 30 minutes earlier than everyone else (I know with babies it can be tricky, but do your best). Use that quiet time to plan out your day, and even review your month.
Often we live day-to-day. Being able to see an overview of what your life is going to look like helps us to feel a little less overwhelmed. It helps to know that our lives have a direction, a heading.
If you don’t have a planner, use my free printable daily and monthly planning calendars to help you get started.
Managing a business and a household is hard, I totally get it. But if you really want to get stuff done, stop telling yourself that “it’s too hard” and “I can’t do this.” START telling yourself , “I CAN do this” and “Today, I take control of my time.” As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” Might as well think that you CAN. You got this mama.
About Stacy Barnes
Stacy Barnes is a productivity strategist for passionate entrepreneurs. She helps you design a life you love through effective, long-term time management strategy and proper goal setting. To learn more about Stacy (and get access to your free Overcome Overwhelm guide), visit http://stacybarnes.com
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