When you combine motherhood and entrepreneurship, you’re faced with a whole new set of challenges that are impossible to overcome on their own. Your work-life balance is thrown off by the demands of both jobs. That doesn’t even take into account the internalised guilt (mom guilt and entrepreneur guilt) for putting everything else on the back burner, difficulty asking for help, feeling like you have to be everything for everyone all at once, and having no time left for yourself. Momtrepreneurs, or female business owners who are also mothers, face the challenge of juggling their personal and professional lives, which can feel like an impossible task at times.
Your personal and the professional lives, as well as your mental and physical health, can suffer if you have an unbalanced work-life balance. Whitney Wolfe Herd, CEO of Bumble, is a great example of a female CEO who stresses the importance of a work-life balance. “You must take time to call your grandparents or an old friend or take an afternoon off to spend time with your parents, no matter how tired, busy, or overloaded you are in your day-to-day.”
As a mompreneur, are you having difficulty finding the right work/life balance? Here are a few pointers for striking a work-life balance and keeping it there. You’ll be more productive and happier if you can find a happy medium in your juggling act.
3 tips for momtrepreneur:
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When it comes to our children and business, we have very little control. Controlling things that can be controlled reduces stress and provides a sense of accomplishment and empowerment for a momtrepreneur. You can take control of your life by becoming hyper-organized.
As you wind down for the night, write out a detailed daily schedule for the following day. Set the tone for the next day by including a work-life balance in your plans. Adding all of your activities to your calendar, from conference calls to workouts to self-care, is the next step. You’ll be more likely to stick to a schedule if you physically block out time on your calendar. This will make your day run more smoothly and enable you to complete each task.
2. Make sure you ask for help and delegate tasks
Reconfiguring your work-life balance can be difficult when you have to give up control of certain aspects of your life. But getting help from a coworker, partner, or friend can be invaluable. Asking for help and delegating tasks are the best ways for momtrepreneurs to get better at both jobs. Sara Blakely, the billionaire founder and CEO of Spanx, is more than happy to accept help when she needs it. Assistant Blakely is Blakely’s right-hand man. As far as I am concerned, she’s an all-around genius.” My child has a passport and is on his way out of the country thanks to her. Sara couldn’t figure out how she did it.
Take advantage of professional assistance if you can. Like asking the parents of your child to extend their playdate so that you can get more work done, or using an app to order food. That’s all right! At times, being a working mother and a business owner can feel like a lonely endeavour. Asking for help from your friends and family can help you achieve a better work-life balance.
3. Stubbornness is a virtue
Although the new Apple TV show “Severance” may be extreme, it has something going for it. The series focuses on the idea of separating your professional and personal lives. It’s critical to keep work and personal life separate and to live in the present moment when trying to maintain a healthy work-life balance. As a mother, it’s impossible to focus on work when you’re in mom mode, and vice versa. As a result, you’re more likely to make mistakes at work and miss out on important family moments if you’re constantly distracted.
Being in the moment while multitasking is a lot easier said than done. When it comes to achieving a healthy work-life balance, practising mindfulness or meditation can be extremely beneficial.