As I write this post I have one hand on my son and one on the computer, trying to find the perfect balance between work and motherhood is frustrating and challenging. My current situation is even more complex because I currently have two jobs, the one that pays my bills and the one that I am trying to establish to replace that job.
While there is no manual or magic formula to creating the perfect balance Lisa Druxman, at entrepreneur.com has com up with 10 tips for balancing work and motherhood.
- Get and stay organized. Your work time is precious, you can’t afford to waste time looking for files, sorting through junk mail or cleaning the kitchen. Keep everything clean and organized from the start and have supplies handy.
- Have a plan. Most mompreneurs use some type of organizer whether it’s a paper version or electronic. We have reviewed several of them here. I am currently using the momAgenda.
- Work with your family, not against them. When your children are little, make sure you office is kid-proof. Keep invoices and reports in child-proof cabinets if you don’t want them to be covered in crayons. My husband has run into this situation more than once.
- Think nap to nap, not 9 to 5. Forget about the traditional 9 to 5 office hours as a mompreneur you need to be more creative. Start before you family wakes, work through nap time and after bedtime.
- Stay ahead of the game. You can make the morning routine run a little smoother by selecting the next day’s clothes the night before. Prepare bottles and/or lunch before bed.
- Suzy Homemaker who? We used to struggle over dinner time at our house. We would buy groceries to cook and would end up eating out because neither of us had time to cook. What saved us were places like Dream Dinners where you can purchase prepared meals and cook them at home.
- Schedule a mommy day. I’m still trying to find time for mine.
- Stay focused, and don’t get sidetracked. It’s hard to stay focused when there is a pile of laundry on the floor. Make a monthly to do list and break it down week to week then day to day and stay committed to crossing the items off the list.
- Get help from your partner, and then thank him for it. Figure out how to chore-share and parent together so you can stay on the same page.
- Take care of you. Find time for yourself. I have been getting up an hour before my family to exercise 30 minutes on the treadmill.
What tips and ticks do you have in balancing work and motherhood?
To read the entire story on Entreprenuer Magazine, go to 10 Tips for Balancing Work and Motherhood.