How to Stay Productive as a Mom and Business Owner
Being a Mom and a Creative Boss is possible all the power of things we do naturally, like organization and structure!
eing a mom and a business owner has some striking similarities, and it’s safe to say that both can be a juggling act.
I’ve had to make sacrifices in order to prioritize certain things, but most of all, I’ve had to be strict about my time. Nights out were traded for nights to get work done. Lunch dates were traded for virtual chats or special events and so forth. It’s not to say that this year hasn’t been tough for everyone, but I have found a lot of my friends are seeing (just like me) that it’s a task to stay productive, teach your kiddos and run your business owner.
However, we pivot, and we adjust where we need too. In this season of life I made pivots and changes to serve both my family and my clients – so I want to share some of my top hacks to stay productive!
I Keep a Priority List
It’s up to you to decide what takes priority and what doesn’t. As a mompreneur, time is my most valuable asset, so I use it wisely. This is why I keep a priority list. Sometimes it’s helpful to braindump everything and anything that I need to do just to see it all in one place. Then, I prioritize each task by importance and by the deadline. My rule of thumb is choosing to prioritize starting with the business and marketing tasks first!
Bonus tip! Things that fall to the bottom every time could be outsourced if you’re finding that they are still higher priority items when it comes to growing your business.
Automated systems have been a lifesaver for me. They increase my productivity levels and make my workdays more efficient. If you’re not already, then it’s time you start. When you schedule your social media posts, email newsletters, blogs, invoices, etc. to automatically go out, you’re spending less time on smaller tasks and more time on essential areas of your business.
Getting your systems automated takes some time in the initial setup because you’re spending a chunk of your day planning and scheduling your content. However, once you complete it, you don’t have to worry about it until your next content batch, and you can focus on other things that are making money or growing your business.
Bonus! This also helps you a TON when you are getting ready to hire a VA or other team members that can help assist in scaling your business.
Block Out Times in Advance
Take some time to sit down and look at everything going on for the month. Do you need to take the kids anywhere? What needs to get done in the business? Are you planning any getaways? Brainstorm everything you need and block out those times in advance. When you know what to expect for the day, you boost your productivity and are more likely to get things done more efficiently.
My day usually doesn’t start until 9am. I know by then I have done breakfast, coffee, kids are settled into their online activities and I can tune in to focus. I intentionally don’t schedule ANYTHING before that because once the kids are set the day flows much smoother.
Bonus! You run your schedule Momma! If you’re feeling overwhelmed find time to create space in your schedule. Curb your expectations and thanks to Covid you can get away with kids running around in the background!
It’s not easy being a mom and a business owner, but there are ways to stay productive and get things done. Know your limits, what works for you, and what doesn’t. Have a clear vision of your daily tasks and set aside time to focus on each one as you go. Staying productive can be tricky, especially when you’re working from home, but put these practices in place and you’ll be well on your way.
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