September screams transition to me. The kids transition back to school, families transition out of summer mode and into new routines, women transition into their fall and winter wardrobes, and many moms find themselves transitioning back to work, even if they own their own MomBiz.
Here are 5 Tips for Balancing your MomBiz and a full time job. (At least this is how I manage it all!)
When you return back to work, your MomBiz gets pushed down the priority ladder. That means priorities are going to shift inside and outside of your business. A little soul searching is needed. Some questions to get you started:
– Do I really want to pursue my MomBiz? Why?
– What do I want out of it?
– What is my purpose?
– How realistic is it to continue building?
Once you know the answers to these questions, you can shift your priorities. Get rid of the work that doesn’t move you towards your goals.
Inside your business, there needs to be a change to your expectations – what is a realistic amount of work, and how much can you realistically achieve in the decreased amount of time you have.
2. Time Map
The biggest effect of full time work on your MomBiz is the sudden decrease in available time to work. Crystal clear vision, razor sharp focus and a tight Time Map will be your saviour. Understanding exactly how much time and energy you can put into you business is necessary. Seriously, it is unsustainable to work around the clock. You will burn out and fizzle. It’s not worth it.
Yes, it will cost you. Yes, it will cut into your margins. Yes, you will have to manage it. Yes, you are worth saving. Seriously. If you are working full time, in the name of self preservation, outsource tasks that eat up your time and don’t net return. You know how you make money – so focus on that. Let someone else deal with the tasks that are holding you back. It may cost you more up front, but in the long run, it will save you time, money and stress. You are worth it.
4. Just Say No
It’s a powerful two letter word. NO. There, I said it – you try it too. No, you do not work for free. No, you can’t do a barter at the moment. No, you can not help out with the bake sale. No, you are not able to host Thanksgiving this year. No. Embrace it, own it, celebrate and for goodness sakes, say it. You will crack if you don’t set up your personal, business and time boundaries. Guaranteed. For a little bit, until you are settled, NO is your friend.
Between kids, a spouse, full time work and your MomBiz to run… things are going to fall through the cracks. Take it easy on yourself. You are human. The most important thing you can do for yourself is to give yourself a break. There is no need to be a superhero, nobody will judge you if you go to bed early. The world will keep turning if you don’t work until the wee hours. If things are too overwhelming and hectic, then go and re-read 1-4. Give yourself a break.