Finding Balance as a Momtrepreneur
If you’re reading this blog post, it’s safe to assume that you’ve read the previous post “3 Things To Consider Before Becoming a Momtrepreneur” and you’ve decided beyond the shadow of a doubt that this is for you!
Here are 7 tips that I use to help keep me balanced. These tips are not cookie-cutter but I’m sure you can find ways to adapt them to your lives.
1. Creating a Routine.
Healthy routines breed healthy outcomes. A mom’s daily task list is always a mile long. To ensure that momtrepreneurs meet their goals, we’re gonna have to create an intertwined routine for everybody… And I mean EVERYBODY!!! Yourself, your partner, the kids, even the pets! (I’m serious, down to the goldfish). Schedule your day to include important tasks; from meditation/devotion, exercise, morning chores, nap times, letting the dog/cat out, homework, auto maintenance, yard work, and whatever other activities are part of your family’s life. Getting everything and everyone to work in unison for the greater good of our momtrepreneurship will pay off. After all, we’re home managers!
2. Sticking To The Routine.
Now that you’ve created beautiful colour coded task lists for every family member, even Bruno (the dog lol), I’ll need you to actually stick to it. I assure you those little humans will put up the resistance of a small army at first but eventually they’ll get the hang of it and even enjoy it. At our home, we have a reward system in place for chores and household responsibilities. Starting your day on time is of dire importance, especially on days when you don’t feel like it! As difficult as it is, stick to it. It will pay off in the end. Starting your day in a positive way is also important. Whether it be meditation, yoga, devotion, exercise… Do what you must to start your day recharged and motivated.
As mentioned in “3 Things To Consider Before Becoming a Momtrepreneur“, an attitude of gratitude can accelerate your success. Have you ever heard the saying “as a man thinketh, so is he”? Positive thoughts and expectations bring positive outcomes. The more you dwell on the positive rather than the negative, the more you invite more positivity into your life. And don’t forget those affirmations and manifestations. Put into the universe what you want to get out of it!
4. Your Community.
I discussed this in my previous blog post. Having family, friends, neighbours, and caretakers you can depend on, particularly at short notice, is one of the cornerstones of being a successful momtrepreneur.
5. Employing Help.
As moms, we always try to be all things to all men. We did not die on a cross. We can’t save the world. If your family is in a financial position to do so, I urge you to employ help. Whether it be a housekeeper, maid, nanny, pet groomer, landscaper, it’s ok to pay for these services to allow you either more time with your family or more time with your business… or both!
6. Remembering Your “Why”.
Sometimes I get discouraged or burnt out. I feel like giving up. Then I remember my “why”. I look at those precious little faces (human and fur babies). I think about the fact that I never again want to be put in a position to rush them out of the house on a morning to get to work and pick them up tired after a long, hectic day, lashing out at them in frustration. Especially since the onset of the pandemic, more so than ever before, I want to be here with my babies at home, living life on our terms. Enjoying each other’s company and living an awesome life. I want to be there when they wake up and go to bed. No rushing off and long days away from home.
7. Switching Off.
Finally, there comes a time in momtrepreneurship when we occasionally need to switch off from social media, answering emails and calls, planning and goal setting… and just reset. This helps us to recalibrate and return in an even better mental condition to take our businesses further. It also allows us to spend time on important things… Play that game with them, build those blocks, get muddy with them outside, go for a drive, go siteseeing, just sit and listen attentively to their silly stories. Go on a date with your partner, engage in some form of self care, read a book. From time to time, our family needs 100% of our attention, undisturbed by customer calls and emails, or meetings, appointments and deliveries. Switch OFF to your business and ON to your family.
I hope these tips are helpful to my fellow momtrepreneurs out there.
Remember, do good and good will follow. It may not be today, it may not be tomorrow… But good will ALWAYS follow!!!
Peace & Love, CStar!