How to Stay Productive When You’re a Mom With Kids Running Around
As you know, I live near Jacksonville, FL which was recently affected by Hurricane Irma. Thanks to the hurricane and everything we had to deal with, I was inspired to touch on a subject many mompreneurs face every day…
How to stay productive and manage your time when you have kids around.
You guys know that struggle. When you get consumed by the mom guilt of paying attention to your business over your kids.
You are not alone!
Being a work- at- home mom, it’s hard to remember that it’s totally okay to focus on your business, you just have to know when and how. So today I have some tips on how to do just that.
Number one: Keep it separate.
What I mean is that you will find that if you are constantly on your phone replying to messages for your team, checking Facebook, or posting things while your kids are around, they’re going to fight that much more for your attention. The best way to avoid that situation is to keep it separate. When you’re with your kids, you’re with your kids. When you’re working your business, you’re working on your business.
Now the next few steps will help to make tip one a smooth reality.
Number two: Create a schedule for the week, but use it as an outline.
Life happens and you absolutely need to make room for those unexpected events, so you want to keep your schedule flexible just in case.
What I like to do is schedule work when the kids are asleep. This might mean you have to wake up early, but even if you just get up to give yourself 30 minutes before your kids get up, it’ll set the tone for your entire day. Get a little bit of work in and you’re going to feel so much better and be more productive later on.
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Number 3: Ask for help.
Don’t be martyr, because you’re just going to end up hurting yourself in the end run. Ask a neighbor friend to watch the kids for an hour and return the favor. Or set up playdates, so that they are occupied enough to let you work.
It’s hard to ask for help, but think about how If somebody asked you for help, you would help them in a heartbeat. So don’t be afraid to ask for help or reach out. It really does take a village.
Number 4: Outsource what you can.
You can’t outsource being their mom, but there are some tasks you can outsource or delegate. You can hire a babysitter to help a couple hours a day, a couple times a week. Or hire a cleaning service so that you can stay focused. Sometimes you can even hire a virtual assistant, or VA.
When I had the baby, I had a really hard time keeping up with my Facebook page. I hired a virtual assistant to help me out by responding to messages, responding to comments, and things like that. I let her know how I wanted her to respond and that was something that I realized I could outsource.
This decision helped me spend time with the baby, which was precious to me as I know I couldn’t get that time back. I was hesitant at first because I was so focused on doing it all myself and quite simply, I didn’t want to spend the money knowing it was stuff I could do on my own. What I realized is that I was making up for in the amount of work I was able to get done. Ultimately, it was worth it. So outsource what you can!
And lastly the most important tip…
Number 5: Remember your why.
I know that for any mom that I talk to who has a home-based business in multi-level marketing, network marketing, or direct sales, their kids are their why. They’re not your excuse.
If you’re not seeing the results that you want in your business, don’t be so quick to say, “Oh, well, I don’t have the time with the kids.” Be rigorously honest with yourself. Look at your schedule. See where you can create some more time. Even an hour in a day, that’s all you need. You can create some serious results if you’re consistent. That’s huge.
So to quickly recap, you can totally be productive in your business when the kids are around. Just remember to keep your kids and the business separate, create a flexible schedule, ask for help, outsource what you can, and remember your why you started this business!
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