Being a working mum running your own business is not an easy task but it can be a worthwhile one if you do it right.
It’s important to understand that none of us get it right all the time. There will definitely be good days and bad days. Times where work is pressured with deadlines looming and days when the kids might be sick.
It is possible to be a business mum and a good mum though. This post will highlight my top 5 tips for how to be an organised mum and a business owner.
Many of the business mums I work with complain about lack of time and lack of understanding from their kids and families. I mean, we are often based at home working in the home office so why isn’t the house organised AND the business thriving?
It’s true that time is our most precious resource and that we need to use our time wisely but it’s even truer that we cannot control our time. What we can control is where we put our attention and energy.
Ok let’s dive in to learning how to be an organised mum and business owner.
1. Look at the roles you have and how they affect your week.
Perhaps your personal roles are those of mum, wife, daughter or sports coach. Then your business roles are marketing manager, accountant, creator – work from home business owners often wear all the hats – there are many different roles in a week.
Plan your week to take into consideration all the different roles you play and where your attention needs to go to fulfill the tasks you have within those roles. It’s important to separate your personal and work lives. If you have lots of commitments with the kids on a certain day, then try not to also work at the same time.
It’s also really important to make sure your kids understand why you work and run your own business. One of my main drivers is to have flexibility to be there for the kids when they come home from school, to run them to their activities and to be able to attend school events. It helps if they know that you do it for them as much as for yourself.
Plus what a great role model you are – building your own business!
You may also like to read: 21 Tips for Working From Home Productively
2. Good Planning and Organisation
Planning comes into both personal and professional lives too. Lists, templates and scheduling are my go to, especially for repetitive tasks.
Plan ahead as much as possible so you can book in your work time. Knowing exactly what you need to be working on when you do have work time is essential to being productive (see “switch on’ below).
Lists allow us to get the information out of our head and onto paper. By writing things down, you are not only calming your mind but you are also creating an opportunity for the tasks to be handed over to someone else (see ‘delegate’ below)
Templates are life saviours for repetitive tasks. If you regularly do the same tasks for work or home, then create a system. Write down the steps to follow so that you don;t have to reinvent the wheel each time you do something. Similarly, templates for social media, email marketing, web pages are all useful tools that will keep you organised plus save time and energy.
Use time blocking as much as possible to schedule your working slots each week.
But also schedule certain tasks to happen on certain days. As humans we like knowing what is coming next and a neat schedule allows us to plan our other roles around tasks that are non negotiable. E.g If you iron each week, create a day so you know it’s ironing day. Or mop the floor day. Or shopping day.
3. Ask For Help / Delegate
If it takes a village to raise a child then it takes at least a small town to build and run a business! Find other business mums or working mums and help each other out; especially in the holidays. Also, handover any household jobs that you can. Celebrate that you are providing employment for another female business owner when you employ a cleaner or someone to do your ironing.
Spend a week auditing where your time is spent. Literally take a note of each job you do then categorise them into professional and home tasks. From there you can work out a good system for the tasks and who should be completing each one.
4. Switch On When it is work time & limit distractions
We’ve established that our time is limited so when you do get your “work time” make sure you are switched on and focusing on the task at hand. This means limiting distractions. Place your phone in the other room. Concentrate on one task at a time. For example, do not try to cook dinner whilst also finishing an important job for a client.
Invest in a good pair of noise cancelling headphones so that you can block out any family noise and concentrate fully on your work. If you only have 1 hour, you’re going to want to make the most of it.
A good way to focus is to set a timer and actually limit the time you have to finish a task. This helps you focus wholeheartedly and will often see you finish a task quicker than if you let yourself have longer.
You may also like to check out my training video “How to Overcome Feeling Stuck’
5. Make time for you
A large part of staying organised and productive is down to the energy you have to commit to all your tasks. Although taking time out seems a bit of a juxtaposition to being a present parent and switched on business owner, it is the one thing you NEED to schedule into your week in order for you to function well.
Don’t feel guilty about going to the gym or having a quiet coffee by yourself in a cafe because in the long run that is what is going to refresh you and sustain you to keep pushing forwards with everything.
If we run ourselves dry (otherwise known as burnout) then both our family and our business will suffer. Me-time is a non negotiable in my book. How will you squeeze some me-time into your week?
I hope this has helped you learn to be an organised mum and business owner.
What else would you add to the list?
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