Today we’re talking money making and momming! There’s lots of mommas currently working and staying home to raise kiddos. I am one of them. We want to be ambitious and an awesome mother. And that’s great. However, it can be tough business. The time management, the planning, the sanity. You get it. So I’ve brought in a Mompreneur expert to help us work-at-home mommas out a bit! My friend, Megan Kelly. A consultant and work-at-home momma! Let’s hear what tips she has for us today.
We’re SUPERWOMEN, right? We’re all out there trying to do it all and manage to stay out of jail from child neglect and keep a smile. It’s the story of every Mompreneur. Actually, I’m pretty sure it’s the story of every M-O-M.
The truth is, it can be done. It comes with well thought out plans and strategies. I admit, I’m not perfect but I’m definitely willing to share my top tips in hopes that it will help you. So here we go. My top 5 tips to managing the MOMpreneur life.
By the time your kids have bypassed the napping phase, we’ve all mastered the art of focused work. As soon as the eyes close, we do that road runner thing and get everything done before the cries begin. Roll those skills over to a 30/60/90 minute plan, depending on your availability. I take 90 minutes and shut everything out and strictly work. It’s amazing the amount of work you can accomplished in an undistracted 90 minutes. I try to use the same rule with cleaning. It’s usually where the 30 minutes come to play. Focus on 30 minutes of one area. It may not be ‘Kondo’ approved, but it works for me. At the end of the day, I feel so much more accomplished .
Food. Work. Kids. Schedules. None of them work well without a plan. Most people use Sunday as a plan time. I actually like to take the last hour Friday afternoon and plan the next week. It leaves Saturday and Sundays completely free. Make the list for the next week. What are we eating? What events are coming up? What work tasks need to take priority. Start your week with a plan. You will feel more empowered.
Invest in Yourself
Like a typical Mom, this one came towards the end. We’re givers. It’s our nature. What is often overlooked is the fact that every cup has to have something in it before it can pour out. The time for a full day at the spa may not be available every week. There is always 5-10 minutes during the day that can be reserved for you. ‘Me time’. That’s what I call it. Some times that means locking the bathroom door or sitting in my car and extra 5 minutes before the screaming “MOMMY!! MOMMY!! MOMMY!!” canon is detonated. We all need time. Fill yourself up. In silent times I love to put on worship music and just soak in it. On the way home, I’m either listening to inspirational podcasts or hanging out with my besties: Priscilla Shirer and T.D. Jakes. Whatever fills your tank, do a lot of it.
The saying is so true, ‘when Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!’ We set the tones, Mommas. Our babies look to us. They duplicate what we do and how we respond. It’s ok to have your moments. Try to have more positive moments than negative. Find the good in every situation. It really is there.
This is the key. Let’s be honest. You can plan down to the smallest detail. It simply isn’t going to all work out all of the time. That’s just life. Go with it. Teach your children how to respond to life’s tumbleweeds but how YOU respond. Have a plan. While you’re planning, also plan for that plan to not work out. When it doesn’t, be ok with that. As stressful as the days can be, the truth is, with our families we already have the greatest prize . It truly is in the small moments that life is really lived.
Give this Mompreneur life your very best. If you’re doing that, you’re managing it well.
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for[a] you serve the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24
–Megan Kelly (Owner of MHK Consulting, meganhkelly.com)