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When Entrepreneurs are Mothers, Too

Posted on 14 May, 2013

Maybe you’ve heard the phrase mompreneur before, or maybe it’s an entirely new concept. But for entrepreneurs who are also mothers, or mothers who are also entrepreneurs, this buzzword encapsulates everything you do and gives you the credit you deserve.

It’s hard enough being just one or the other, but when you take the frantic schedule of an entrepreneur and add a kid or two to the mix, you’re pretty much guaranteed to have some days so overwhelming you question everything about the lifestyle. And that’s ok. That’s completely normal. But, to stay sane when all feels lost, here are three tips for maintaining the balance you need.

Take time for you

It can feel selfish to take time for yourself when you have people pulling you in a million directions, but it’s critical to being successful mothers and business leader.

At the end of a busy day of meetings and work obligations, most moms feel compelled to go straight home to maximize time with the kids. But, if you’re still wound tight from the day’s activities, you won’t be an active presence in the kids’ lives.

Take an hour to go for a walk, or head to the gym. Grab a drink with a girlfriend if that calms you down. Do whatever you need to enter your home with a clear head and a genuine enthusiasm for the mom tasks ahead of you.

Streamline schedules

When you work full-time, and you’re a mom, you might be tempted to make work engagements on your smartphone’s calendar and keep a separate schedule for the kids on the fridge at home. That’s a recipe for disaster.

Use one calendar. Keep it with you at all times. Make all appointments in the same place, so you don’t schedule an important meeting at the same time your youngest child has the final soccer game of the season. A streamlined plan might look frightening because of how jam-packed it is every single day, but fear not. A single calendar makes you much less likely to double book your time.

Be in the moment

When you’re essentially working two jobs, it’s tough to remove yourself entirely from one part of your life. You don’t have to abandon your mom-ness when you’re in entrepreneur mode, but you do want to compartmentalize as much as possible. Just like your colleagues and business partners don’t want to deal with childcare issues during the workday, your children don’t want you to be focused on work when you’re spending time with them.

If you’re always multitasking, you’re never fully present for either party.

No one said it would be easy to take on the role of mother and business person, but if anyone is equipped to juggle schedules and make the magic happen, it’s s mom. Take these three tips to heart so you can be the best mompreneur you can be!

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