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On planning, permission and balance …

Being a mom and running a business can feel like two full-time jobs. – At least that’s how it felt like this week… sigh…😞

I felt like I was being pulled in every direction. And to add on top of it all, I was dealing with some hormonal issues myself, which made everything feel even more challenging. But you know what they say, when it rains, it pours!

Amidst all the chaos, I managed to tend to a couple of different things this week with my daughter's school. I had to talk to her teachers and principle, help her with her activities and still get her chores and homework done. It wasn't easy, but it was doable. And that's the thing, as moms and business owners, we need to learn to juggle multiple things at once and still maintain our sanity.

So how do we balance it all? Here are a few things that work for me: Be Intentional with Your Time

One of the biggest challenges of balancing business and life as a parent is finding enough time to do everything we need to do. We often feel like there aren't enough hours in the day, and we end up feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. However, the truth is that we all have the same amount of time in a day – it's how we use it that makes the difference.

Being intentional with our time means setting clear goals and priorities for each day, and then focusing on the tasks that will help us achieve those goals. It means being mindful of the time we spend on social media, email, and other distractions that can eat up our precious minutes. It also means learning to say no to requests and opportunities that don't align with our priorities or having some flexibility to shift some prior commitments around so you can still do all that you set an intention for.

One way to be intentional with your time is to create a schedule or to-do list each day. Write down your top three priorities for business and personal for the day, and then break them down into smaller tasks that you can accomplish in a reasonable amount of time. Be realistic about what you can accomplish in a day, and don't be too hard on yourself if you don't get everything done. Remember, it's better to do a few things well than to try to do everything and end up feeling burnt out.

Batch Tasks to Increase Efficiency

Another way to balance business and life as a mom is to batch tasks to increase efficiency. Batching is the practice of grouping similar tasks together and doing them all at once, rather than switching back and forth between different types of tasks throughout the day.

For example, instead of checking your email every time a new message comes in, set aside specific times throughout the day to check and respond to emails. This will allow you to stay focused on other tasks without getting distracted by your inbox. Similarly, you can batch your social media tasks by scheduling posts in advance or using a social media management tool to streamline the process.

Batching can also be applied to household tasks, like meal prep and laundry. Instead of cooking a new meal every night, consider making a big batch of something on the weekend and then reheating it throughout the week. This will save you time and energy, and allow you to focus on other things during the week.

By batching tasks, you can increase your productivity and reduce the amount of time you spend switching between different tasks. This will give you more time to spend with your family and pursue your personal interests.

Prioritize Self-Care Practices

Finally, in order to balance business and life as a mom, it's essential to prioritize self-care practices. I know this tend to be the first thing that goes out the door but here’s the reminder: if you don’t take care of yourself being one of the pillars of the family and you break down mentally, physically, emotionally you are not going to be any good to anyone else.

Some of my daily self care practices are: Starting the day intentionally by meditating to allow thoughts to come in or intuitive hits and journaling to observe where my thoughts are or get those ideas on paper. I also try to incorporate a daily walk in nature so that I’m moving and connecting with nature and my higher self. I also like to incorporate in the evenings either a bath and reading to wind down. These practices help us stay grounded and centered, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve our overall well-being so that we can be the best for ourselves and those around us.

If you enjoyed this article you’ll want to listen to this week’s episode on The Courage To Be™ Podcast where I talked with Kelly O’Keefe about her journey as high VP executive with a thriving career having to choose between starting a family and a successful career. This is all part of our balancing life and business.

So, if you're looking for some inspiration and practical tips, be sure to check out the episode!

I’m curious how do you balance your work and life as a mom?

Please share with me below. You might give me some ideas…

Have a wonderful day!


PS: If you missed our last quarter’s Connections with Intention gathering, make sure to register for the summer one, it’s coming on June 2nd.

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