Mompreneur overwhelm is a real thing! Over the years I’ve learned (and am still learning) how to set reasonable expectations for my life as both a mom and an entrepreneur so that I can wear both hats. Or as I like to say: fill both shoes. The slippers and the heels, that is.
How do I keep balance? Honestly, sometimes I don’t. But, here’s what I’m learning.
(If you’re a visual here’s a video for you!)
How I beat mompreneur overwhelm
Set small and realistic goals.
It’s so important that as mompreneurs we ensure our values and priorities in line. Family and spirituality is first. Everything is else is second.
I do mean this. In my life, if I have to choose between spending a week digging into a project that will make me a nice income for the month but I must choose to ignore my family for the week…I’m going to choose my family first. It’s okay if you would choose to dig in for a week and catch up with your family later. I just choose to run by a different beat and the thread of family life is the fabric of my life right now. I must…no, I need to have the kind of balance in my life that allows for flexibility to be a mom and a wife. Seasons are important, and in this season I am a mom.
So, in order to beat mompreneur overwhelm I set my goals small and try to remain realistic. I have three blogs currently, with a fourth in the works. I also run two podcasts with a third in the works. For many of you this might seem unrealistic. For me, this is the bread and butter of what keeps sponsors and clients coming my way and is part of my marketing goals.
That said, I must set realistic goals if I expect to be successful at any or all of these blogs. In my blogging life, this means that I don’t blog every day at each blog. I don’t even blog several times per week, or even weekly on some of my blogs. On all but one of my blogs I post every few weeks with a podcast or tutorial and try to remain active on my Facebook groups. If I tried blogging every day, posting to my social media accounts every day I would drive myself nuts. So I don’t do it. Which leads me to the next tip…
Don’t over schedule.
Why pack in so much at once when you have a lifetime to grow and achieve in your business? I’ve been there, done that when it comes to over scheduling and it just doesn’t feel worth it and the end of the day. Beat mompreneur overwhelm by not overscheduling.
Granted, there are those times when you’re just having a really busy week in business. But as I mentioned in the video, if you’re attempting to launch your website and a membership site all in a month and post to all your social media 8 times per day all while developing your product line- things can get a wee bit crazy. You’re stepping into a spin zone.
Don’t over schedule. Take your life and your business at stride. It will grow with you. You don’t have to do everything at once.
Embrace your season.
As mompreneurs we want to love the season of motherhood we’re in because it won’t last forever. Our kids will grow up and we’ll have plenty of time to work and throw ourselves into our passions.
Life with littles can make working business a bit tricky. You’ll have to find ways to work around the kids’ routines and schedules. Maybe nap times work out best for you. Maybe you work late in the evenings or early mornings. But the kids do grow up eventually, so…embrace your season. Being a mom is truly special. Enjoy it!
Check out my interview with Stephanie who is raising four children while running a business. And Andrea’s been able to figure out her sweet spot in balancing life with kids and blogging. I hope these moms are able to encourage you.