Most people who own business admit that managing it is much more time-consuming than having a full-time job. For a better understanding, we might say that running a company is like raising a child. Both of these “jobs” demand your full attention almost all the time. So, with this being said, imagine the stress and responsibility that an entrepreneur mother has to face on a daily basis. It’s incredible how tough these moms are.
As we stated before, a business is like a child. It asks for your attention, and if you neglect it, it gets “sick “or “disobedient”. So, trying to manage both, your business, and your children’s development, might at some point become unbearable. In this case, what’s the solution?
The solution is simple. You need a plan – a type of plan that will allow you to be in control of your life and work. Keep in mind that organizing your daily life will make your life much easier and in the same time your family life will improve.
Through this article we would like to give you a few insights that will help you in developing your “battle” plan.
1. You Should Establish Your Daily Mini-Habits
A daily mini-habit can be everything from making your bed to a power-sleep of 30 minutes. These are actions that take little time, but they are vital mood enhancers. In order to be focused, you must have a good mood. Establishing habits is a great way to discipline yourself. For example, right after you wake up, drink a fruit or a veggies smoothie. Start creating your habits right now. After you grow and maintain several habits, developing new ones shouldn’t be a hustle.
Diane Mitchell, a co-founder of Careers Booster , wishes to share her story with us:
“When I first tried to implement these mini-habits it seemed like such a hard thing to do. Now, after almost 3 months of sticking to them I feel much more confident. And because of this “training” I can easily adopt more habits.”
2. Don’t Neglect Your Children
Dear mother, please remember that the time you spend with your children is extremely vital for them in order to ensure a healthy development. Therefore, in case your business is taking too much of your time, take a step back, and consider the impact this will have on your children wellbeing.
Your kids don’t need a lot of money or toys. They need you, and they are suffering when you are not around. So, there are only two solutions: pass some of your company responsibilities to someone else, or, create better systems that will feat the business requirements. Remember, your children are your number one priority.
3. Focus on Your Core Abilities
Most entrepreneurs consider that their job is to take care of everything. Even if sometimes it may be a good thing. For a single parent, it’s an impossible job if he wishes to spend time with his children. So, what should you do?
Start delegating all non-important matters to your most trusted employees. You can go by this rule – focus on what you do best. Start trusting your workers by giving them more responsibilities. And use this free time to spend it with your kids. Even grocery shopping can be outsourced. If you afford it, why not do it? Time is much more important than money – trade money for time not vice-versa.
4. Stop Wishing for Your Life to Be Perfect
Everyone wishes for a perfect life. People wish to become millionaires, sport stars, and many wish to build a legacy. These are great dreams which require great sacrifices. Unfortunately, as a single parent you can’t afford “sacrificing” your children’s development.
So, please keep in mind that no goal is more important than your children. Therefore, stop wishing for perfection, otherwise you’ll put yourself through a lot of suffering. A perfect balance does not exist, but you can at least strive for perfection.
5. Find Your Pace
Everyone has a different pace. There are a few factors that must be taken into consideration before establishing a productive routine. Frist of all, you should find out in which parts of the day bring you the most productivity.
Next you should think about your children’s needs and when they need you the most. These are things that will help you a lot in creating a useful plan. Take a pen and a piece of paper and start writing down your daily responsibilities. Once you’re done with that, try to squeeze a few mini-habits between them. Lastly, test your new routine. If something goes wrong, change it. Work on your routine until the balance is restored.
Life is a constant struggle for balance. Every one of us seeks this. But only a few of us get to live it. Therefore, dear moms, from this day forward stop wasting time on meaningless tasks, and focus on the well-being of your children and your company. Remember, only you can change your life, no one else!
About the author:
Eva Wislow is a career coach and entrepreneur from Pittsburgh, PA. She is on a mission to help people find their true calling. Eva finds her inspiration in writing and peace of mind through yoga. Connect with her on Twitter