5 Ways to Improve the Work-Life Balance for Mompreneurs (Mom Entrepreneurs)
Entrepreneurship is a wonderful way to live your life. It can also be hard on you, your family, and your health. As an entrepreneur, you’re often responsible for everything from answering emails to bookkeeping. You might not think it’s possible for a mom entrepreneur to take time for herself, but it is! In fact, self-care can actually make you more productive in the long run.
In this post, we’ll talk about what it means to prioritize yourself as an entrepreneur and how other mom entrepreneurs have made sure their own needs come first at least some of the time.
Both at work and at home, you are very busy. It can seem impossible to make time for yourself on some days. It’s easy to wonder how busy mom entrepreneurs manage their time. But you don’t have the time to stop and question. These are just four tips: If you’re already stressed, don’t panic. Take a break. Are you feeling overwhelmed? Do you feel like you cannot stop worrying about falling further behind? High-stress situations can make your thinking more cluttered, which can lead to less productivity.
Michele Dortch, the Integrated Mother, recommends that you take a break whenever you feel stressed. You can choose to go for a short nature walk or spend the whole day doing things you enjoy. This will help you get clear and make it easier to complete your tasks. It may sound counterproductive, but this really works. These tips can help you avoid going crazy. Spend time socializing each week.
Mom Masterminds’ Alice Seba advises that taking time off is a great idea for Mom Entrepreneurs. Alice makes it a point to make time for socializing each week with her girlfriends, partner, or just to herself. This helps her to feel energized and more focused as she returns to her business or motherhood. Alice said, “All work and no play makes you a dull mama and makes you stressed out and ineffective.” As often as you can, take a few “Mommy Minutes”.
Ponn Sabra is the author of Empowering Women to Power Network. She puts herself on “timeout” and takes “Mommy Minutes” as often as she can. Ponn can be found in her own sauna in the bathroom or enjoying a favorite treat (she often hides special ice-cream sandwiches in her freezer back corner, where no one but her husband can find them).
Penn insists that adults need to take naps too! A catnap can be very revitalizing. It is crucial to get out of stressful situations and take a nap. Meditation and clearing your mind will give you more energy.
Linda Goodman Pillsbury’s Survival Tips for Working Moms recommends that you choose a time each day when you will be “off duty”. You are always available for emergency situations. Soon, children will learn to ask before they leave the duty station or wait until the morning. This applies to children from infants to teens. However, you should not make any exceptions when talking to kids who have just returned from a date. How to make and take time for yourself
Taking time for yourself is an important part of being a mom entrepreneur. When you make and take time for yourself, you’re more productive and happier in your business.
Here are five tips from entrepreneurs who have mastered the art of taking time for themselves:
- Schedule it in your calendar. You need to schedule something as important as taking time for yourself into your calendar or planner so that it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle of all the other things going on in your life—and so that it’s easier to commit to making this happen even when things get hectic at home or work.
- Do something different each day, such as:
- Having coffee with a friend
- Going shopping alone (or just browsing)
- Swimming laps at the pool or gym by yourself
- Make sure there are no distractions while doing these activities; turn off electronic devices completely (or put them on silent mode), lock doors if needed, etc., so that you can fully enjoy the moment without having to worry about anything else!
Invest in your hobby or your business.
As a mom entrepreneur, it is important to make time for yourself. This means that you take the time to relax and enjoy your hobbies—but it also means that you must invest in your business.
For example, if you’re starting a photography business, go out and buy a camera! If you’re starting an event planning service, plan one event on your own so that it will be easier when someone else signs on with your company. You can’t do everything by yourself. You have to delegate tasks; otherwise, they won’t get done at all! It’s also crucial that we find a balance between our personal lives and our professional ones as moms who run their own businesses: without this balance, there is no way we will survive being women on the go 24/7!
You’re not defined by your career.
You are more than your career. You are a person with many interests, roles and responsibilities. You can be a mom, a spouse, a friend and an entrepreneur — all at the same time! You don’t have to choose between the different parts of your life; you can integrate them in ways that make sense for you and allow you to feel balanced and happy in each space.
If you find that one area of your life is feeling neglected or lacking due to lack of time or energy (for example: if you don’t have enough time for exercise), then step back from it and consider how to reprioritize things so that it becomes priority number one again (instead of being pushed off by meetings later in the day).
No day is the same.
As a mom entrepreneur, you no doubt know that your days are never routine. There’s always something to do and there’s always another task to add to the list.
You may not be able to predict exactly how your day will go, but it can help if you:
- set up a system for prioritizing tasks so that you don’t get overwhelmed
- make sure that you aren’t bored by finding ways to change up your routine
When you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a break.
When you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a break.
Whether it’s for 10 minutes or an hour, make sure to carve out time for yourself. Whether that means going for a walk outside, having a cup of coffee alone in your kitchen or taking a nap—do it! You have the power to give yourself permission to relax and recharge when you need it most. Take this time as an opportunity to reflect on what has been great about your day so far by writing down three things in your journal or on paper that made you smile or feel good when they happened. It may also be helpful to think about what went wrong and how you could’ve handled things differently next time around.
Take care of yourself first.
First and foremost, you must take care of yourself. You can’t take care of others if you don’t do the same for yourself, and your business won’t flourish if it becomes all-consuming.
Here are some tips on how to make room for self-care in your life:
- Schedule time for it. Plan for 15 minutes every morning or evening before work/home duties that is just yours. This could be as simple as taking a walk around the block or playing with your children outside after school until they go home. The important thing is setting aside dedicated time just for YOU!
Celebrate every small win.
It’s so important to celebrate every small win, even if it feels like you’re not making enough progress. Celebrating your successes will help you keep going when things get tough. Avoid being too hard on yourself if you don’t meet your goals; everyone has ups and downs, but the key is learning from them and figuring out how to improve for next time.
It’s also important not to compare yourself with others—you can learn from other entrepreneurs who are at different points in their journeys, but don’t try to be like them or compare yourself with them! Instead of comparing yourself with others, focus on what makes YOU unique just as YOU are right now—and then build upon this foundation!
Take time each day (or at least weekly) to celebrate any wins that happen along the way–it will make a huge difference in helping motivate you through all those challenging times!
You can still prioritize your own needs even when you have a business.
No matter what you do, you can still prioritize your own needs. You don’t have to give up on personal goals and interests, even if you have a business.
There are many ways that working moms find time for themselves: exercise classes at the gym or yoga studio, reading a good book after dinner, getting manicures or pedicures with friends—the list goes on and on!
Remember that it’s important to take care of yourself so that you can be the best mom possible. As long as there is one thing in your life that makes you happy (and isn’t destructive), then go for it!
My Final Thoughts
When running a business, it can be easy to lose sight of yourself. It can be tempting to feel like all of your time belongs to your company and its goals. But if you don’t take care of yourself, how do you expect anyone else to see their own needs as important? Remember that taking care of yourself is just as important as any other part of running a successful business—and sometimes even more so!