On the surface, choosing to be a mompreneur is a little crazy.
Not only do you have a little person (or multiple little people) constantly vying for your attention and literally relying on you to sustain life, but you have a fully-functioning, day-in-day-out business that you are running.
Either–or both!–of these things could be happening single-handedly, by you and you alone.
And, yet, we do it. All day, every day. Even when we’re asleep.
And we love it.
If we didn’t love it, of course, we wouldn’t do it. But that’s not to say there aren’t pieces of this life that we would love to change.
For most of us, our biggest desire is balance.
True balance, though, is often unattainable. Living the life of a mompreneur is sort of like looking at an old-fashioned scale. Sometimes, it might be all even and in balance. Then, a kid gets sick, and everything goes into the family side. Or, you pick up a new client, and more goes into the business side.
And that doesn’t even account for self-care and your marriage, let alone sleep.
But that’s OK! Balance doesn’t have to be perfect to exist. Sometimes, more will go into a certain bucket, but having balance means that you account for those times and create space to put a little extra into another bucket.
How do you make that happen? Simple scheduling.
Taking a little time upfront to be more intentional with your schedule can be truly life-changing in creating the balance you desire. Here are 5 steps to make it happen.
1. Start by taking an honest look at your time and how you’re using it.
Sometimes, when you feel out of balance, all you need to do is make some simple changes to the way you spend your time.
How often do you find yourself cruising Facebook when it’s your “work” time?
Making some adjustments to the way you spend your time can help make the time you do spend working a lot more productive, which, in turn, helps you be more present in the time you have with your family.
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2. Look for your “prime” times.
You might have heard of “prime times” in regard to the times of day when you are on top of your game. You will likely hear the suggestion to do your hardest work during your prime times.
Well, as a mompreneur, you likely don’t have that luxury.
So, I want you to search for the prime times in which you are most likely able to do certain tasks.
Does it make your heart sing to spend the early morning hours playing with your little one and reading books right after she gets up? Devote those mornings to family time.
Does the baby nap regularly between 12 and 2? Sounds like work time!
Are you usually able to occupy the kids with some coloring or a TV show after lunch? This might be a great time to do some light chores.
Notice, prime times don’t just apply to work. There are prime times for family, chores, sleep, and self-care. Give all of them attention; they are all important!
3. Create blocks within your schedule.
Now that you’ve got your prime times all sorted out, create blocks in your schedule.
Start off simple and just block off your big categories: Work, Family, Self-Care, Chores, Sleep, etc.
This gives you a great opportunity to step back and look at the big picture of the balance you are creating. Does one vastly outweigh the others? Now is the time to adjust your blocks until you find the big-picture balance you are looking for.
Then, break down your big blocks into smaller ones. At the end of each day, I go through my work blocks for the following day and break it down into chunks based on the tasks I need to get done. It looks something like this:
When you’ve got your schedule blocked, you can stay much more focused and on-task, especially when you have a big to-do list. It eliminates the overwhelm of sitting in front of your computer and deciding where to start.
4. Allow for flexibility.
I firmly believe that the only good schedule is one that allows for flexibility.
If you let your schedule get too rigid, you run the risk of ruining the whole day if a curveball gets thrown into the mix.
Notice that my time blocking from above never extends longer than an hour. I think the most I have done is an hour and a half (except for workshops and similar events that are set blocks of the day).
Here’s my logic. Let’s say my internet goes down at 11:15, and I can’t work on my blog like I planned. Once the Internet comes back on, I can easily pick up where I left off, and drag-and-drop my blocks into different spaces, or even different days, if I need to.
This way, when I’m able to work again, I’m not reinventing the wheel after my unforeseen distraction.
5. Don’t schedule it all away.
This one is probably the most important, so read carefully.
There is a reason–probably several–that you became a mompreneur. If you were to truly break it down to your major “why,” it probably comes down to a desire to enjoy your life.
So, resist the urge to schedule every chunk of time in your calendar.
The feeling of balance ultimately comes down to having the freedom to enjoy all the aspects of your life. When you aren’t able to enjoy certain important parts of life, the others suffer.
Those spontaneous, unplanned moments can be some of the most fulfilling in your life. When you over-plan and don’t allow for those spur-of-the-moment, beautiful experiences to happen, you rob yourself of the exact reason you chose to build your life this way in the first place.
Balance doesn’t equal perfection. Some days, work will take over the day. Other days are all about family.
When you take a step back and get intentional about your scheduling, you can truly live that balanced, low-stress life you have been looking for.