You know what the daily juggle is like. You’re prepping for an important meeting, and your child enters the room with the ominous statement, I’m hungry. Nevermind the fact that they had a snack an hour ago. Or that your meeting is in thirty minutes. You know that this situation could go from mild hunger to full-on meltdown in 2.8 seconds if you don’t handle things correctly.
For any entrepreneur, life is stressful. But for entrepreneurs who are also moms, life can often feel like a volcano preparing to erupt. You’re probably all-too familiar with those times when you sit back and close your eyes for a minute and think, OMG, how in the world am I supposed to manage all this? Can I possibly keep it together? What am I even doing?
But trust me. You can keep it together. You can be a successful entrepreneur and a stellar mother, all at the same time. The juggle will never fully subside, but here are three methods you can use to balance the pressures that come along with being a mom and an entrepreneur. They’ll help you get through each day feeling calm and confident.
Focus on Time Management and Routines
I know many entrepreneur mothers who worry they won’t be able to spend enough time with their kids if they focus on work—or vice versa. There is a bright side to being so busy, though: it requires you to become more diligent with your time management. When you learn how to effectively manage your time and create routines, you’ll waste less time, decrease your stress, maintain your work focus, and enjoy your time with your family.
There’s no magic formula for time management. Take note of all the things you need to do and schedule them. This includes quality time with your kids, grocery store runs, workouts, meal prep, etc. When you put necessary tasks in your calendar, you’re much more likely to get them done.
Treat everything in your calendar like it’s important. Don’t give in to the temptation to skip your “me time” because you are tired from working late or because your child wants to have a last-minute playdate. When you feel like there’s not enough time, this is the only way to guarantee that you make time.
Another crucial way to keep chaos at bay is to create and follow routines. For example, is tooth brushing before or after story time? Is breakfast before or after getting dressed? What time is dinner every night? Routines set everyone’s expectations and eliminate spur-of-the-moment decisions.
There’s no “right” routine because every family is different. Some parents might like putting their kids to bed a little later so they have quality time with their children in the evening and so the kids sleep a little later in the morning. Other parents like their kids to go to sleep earlier so they have their evenings free and so their kids wake up …….