Balancing MOM life with BUSINESS life
Tips on how I balance MOM life and BUSINESS life.
People often ask me how I balance being a mom, fiancé, friend, and business owner. And while I would like to say that wearing so many hats is easy, it’s not. To be honest, most days, I feel like I’m scrambling to get my shit together. But, I’ve been doing it for awhile, so naturally, I have a few simple lifestyle tweaks that have help me make it all work (hint: they also help keep me sane, ha).
But, I’ve been doing it for awhile, so naturally, I have a few simple lifestyle tweaks that have help me make it all work (hint: they also help keep me sane, ha).
Read on for THREE ways I balance MOM life with REAL life.
DELEGATE, DELEGATE, DELEGATE
Like many of you, I’m a normal mom trying to get through life without having a mental breakdown. When I was younger, I tried to do it all – work, drop offs, meals, playdates, you name it. I burned out fast, and realized that I had to make a change. I started delegating tasks to others to give myself a little more wiggle room not only when it came to everyday life, but also in my business. For example, I’d ask a grandparent to do pick-up for the day, my fiancé to pack lunches for the week, or my assistant to help me make purchases. Once I started asking for help, I realized how much lighter I felt. Plus, less stress and hectiness during the day meant that I was truly able to focus my attention on what I was doing at that time. I’m also big on outsourcing help – I use a house and business cleaner, a laundry service, and instacart for groceries.
For me, making lists is HUGE! I have three lists: my HIT list, my HOT list, and my COLD list. My HIT list means that something needs to be done asap. My HOT list can wait till later in the week. My COLD list can be pushed off for months – these are usually ideas for my salon, home, things I want, etc. Making these lists helps me to prioritize what is crucial and what can wait. And for someone creative (AKA scatterbrained) like me, finding something to help me stay on track is a major win.
While running a salon means I’m pretty much working 24/7, I make it a point to create “work hours” and “play hours” for each day. While I’m at work, I’m working hard and staying focused (but let’s be real: I also work a lot when I’m not at work), and when I’m home, I make it a point to put down my laptop to disconnect. This gives me time to give my family 100% of my attention, rather than focusing a little on them and a little on work. But sometimes work can’t wait, so oftentimes, I’ll set a timer to monitor the time I’m spending away from my family. The timer helps hold me accountable because my 5 minutes can turn into hours when I’m in in the zone.
Do you have any tips on balancing MOM life with BUSINESS life? I’d love to hear them in the comment section below.
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