Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel

Balancing Work and Motherhood

BALANCE SCALE

Are you a mom that works outside of the home?  Maybe you are a stay at home mom but are thinking about a part time job?  Extra money for the kids activities?  A vacation?  As a new consultant told me “I wanted to wear clothes that didn’t have baby smell (the bad kind) on it once in awhile”.  But then you are wonder “how can I balance it all”, right?

The truth is that there is no magic formula but there are tons of women out there who have learned to do it successfully.  I am not going to tell you that you won’t sometimes fell like “When I’m working, I feel like I should be with my kids. But when I’m with my kids, I feel like I should be working.”  But that twinge of guilt doesn’t stop us from striving for success in both work and as a mom.  All of the mom-preneurs that I know, tell me that “what they’re doing now is the most rewarding thing they’ve ever done. It’s certainly not easy, but it’s worth it.”

Here are some common themes among the successful working moms:

1. Have a plan.  Whether it is a tech gadget or  paper, a planner is a KEY to balance.  All appointments, kid activities, work hours in one spot so that every knows what it is going on. The gift of direct sales is that you can set aside hours that fit around everyone’s schedule.  If you are with a home party company, set aside the nights that you are going to “party” ahead of time.  If you just wait for time to happen, it never will.

2. Work with your family, not against them. For me, working away from the home was easier when my daughter was smaller.  Sending her to day care each day allowed me time to work.  Even 1 day a week allows you the opportunity to work your business.  As my daughter got older and I worked from home, my office hours were when she was in school.  Then while she was doing homework, I did some computer work.  She even helped out sometimes with stamping envelopes, folding fliers or shredding paper.

3. Think nap to nap, not 9 to 5.  If #3 is not an option, break out of the 9-to-5 office hours’ tradition. Your hours as a mompreneur might start before your family wakes up, continue during nap times and go into the wee hours of the night. Prioritize appointments that need to be accomplished during the traditional day time hours. But understand that e-mail, filing, reading, and a lot of your other office tasks can be done at any hour of the day or night.

4. Suzy Homemaker who?  Let go of your need to be Martha Stewart. Your priorities are your family and then your work. Choose your priorities–your kids will care more that you’re there!  I have always said, my house is neat but the “dust bunnies” are always welcome.

5. Stay focused, and don’t get sidetracked. One of the hardest things for work-at-home moms is getting sidetracked by children, laundry, dishes…well, you name it. Make a list each week of what you intend to get done then break it down by day.  If you stay focused, you can stay committed to getting things done.

6. Take care of you. This is the most important thing!!!!! Realize now that there will never be enough time in the day to get everything done. You have to take care of yourself in order to take care of your family, your business and your home. Just mark it in your calendar! Schedule a time to get your nails done, have lunch with a friend or soak in a bubble bath.

Balance is the thing that we all hope to achieve yet many of us feel like it always escapes us. At the end of the day, however, acknowledge all you’ve done and all you’ve accomplished. The fact that you did it and will do it again tomorrow means to me that you’ve mastered it as well as anyone else.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

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