Whether married or single, the title MOM is filled to the brim with To-Do’s. We have kids to raise, dinners to cook, a 9-5 to work, and businesses to build. Our day planners are inundated with reminders and tasks from dentist appointments to business meetings, yet we somehow manage it all with a proverbial super hero cape swinging behind us!
But the biggest inside joke between moms near and far; is this concept of work life balance. It scores right up there with leprechauns, pots of gold, and unicorns as the biggest myth of all time. How can we prioritize and balance the business of motherhood when it has no quitting time, days off, or personal time? *rolls eyes* We moms know that our time is not really our own anyway. We may make the rules but our kids truly lead the ship. When we want to read our favorite magazine for an hour, a crying baby will stop our reading cold turkey and the magazine gets put down. We may have events we want to attend, but a child under the weather will immediately change our plans and schedules. We can plan and prioritize until we are blue, but the sacrifice associated with motherhood is one call we will ALWAYS answer.
Halle Berry once said you can be all things, just not all at the same time, and that may be one of the best definitions of “balance” to date. It’s nearly impossible for us as moms to perfect balance in our lives and that’s totally ok. This week we may commit all of our free time to business projects, which means the kids are eating take out all week. Next week we may have ballet recitals and basketball games to attend so work may only get done in the wee hours of the night under the midnight oil.
Instead of claiming life-work balance, we are much better off admitting that our lives are complex and therefore must be managed closely on a day to day basis. We plan then un-plan, occasionally we have to reschedule and sometimes things just don’t get done. We don’t balance; we adapt, and try harder every day to increase our efficiency to make the best use of our time.
As an entrepreneur and mom I personally know this complex lifestyle all too well. Getting the job DONE at home and work is no easy feat! Best advice I can lend to my fellow supermoms raising businesses and babies?
Prioritize your To-Do List, give items a time estimate, and delegate what you can – So if you know you only have 15 free minutes, pick a quick task off your to do list, not a big project. Separate your to-do list by priority, rocks for large important revenue generating tasks, pebbles for personal tasks, sand for items that need to be done but no pressure for you to personally complete them (delegate these to someone else).
Ride the Wave – Interruptions are inevitable, how you react to them is up to you. If you’re working, but your toddler just asked you to play Barbie for the 3rd time today, maybe it’s time to take a break for 15 minutes to satisfy their request, enjoy the moment and remember that they are going to grow up before you know it!
Do you ever struggle to achieve work-life balance? Tell us your best tips to master the work of business and babies in the comments below.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]