Guest Blog by Rae Steinbach, Member, Fueled Collective
It’s always tough to stay on top of your schedule while managing a business. It can seem especially impossible if you are a mompreneur taking care of your children too. You may feel drained or overwhelmed with so much going on, but taking control of your personal and business time is likely closer than you think.
Without top-notch time management skills, you may not be able to engage totally with either work or your family, so using your time more efficiently is crucial to both your company’s success and your personal happiness. These strategies will help you navigate each work day without compromising your family relationships.
Maintain a Reliable Schedule
One of the most important steps to having control over your day is establishing a routine that gives you enough time for everything that’s important to you. For example, maybe you drop your kids off at school or activities before completing projects at a nearby coffee shop or coworking space. Having an established routine will help you take advantage of your day and get work done where you can.
Whether you use a physical planner or one of the many scheduling and calendar apps available for mobile devices, creating a rough outline of each day will ensure that you don’t spend too much time on any individual task.
Having a firm routine also allows you to schedule yourself breaks, which are vital to productivity throughout the rest of the day. Americans are more overworked than the citizens of any other country in the developed world. Beyond the impact on productivity, overworking results in more than 100,000 deaths each year and a variety of negative health outcomes.
Give Each Task Your Undivided Attention
It’s tempting to resort to multitasking when you have more on your plate than you can handle, but trying to do too much at once often leads to poor performance on each individual task. While there are obviously some things that don’t demand your complete focus, all mompreneurs should set aside time in their schedule for what’s truly important in both personal and business contexts.
The same thought process explains why taking work home with you should be avoided whenever possible. Coming home for the day should be an opportunity for you to relax and spend time with your family. If you work in a home office or have to take care of minor tasks at the end of the day, try to keep those work areas separate in order to maintain boundaries between different parts of your life. This is especially true during the summer months.
Running a business and being a mompreneur are huge endeavors on their own, so it’s no wonder that being a mompreneur can feel so overwhelming. Applying these time management strategies will help you make the most of each day, both at the office and with your family.
Coworking spaces can support these strategies for working moms. Coworking spaces allow women to collaborate, network and socialize with other entrepreneurs. With flexible membership options, mompreneurs can find the one that fits them best.
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