Time management fundamentals – daily, weekly, monthly planning; vision work; accountability systems; priorities—remain the same over time. But over the last quarter century our collective view of time mastery shifted.
Your passion for family time prompted you to organize your business around your kids, spouse, etc. You cherished the flexibility to juggle things and the freedom not to miss those important events. But is that really how it has turned out?
Handling People Who Are Negative About Your Business
Like they say, it’s a good thing we women have the babies. I’ve become adept at tuning out non-essential verbal data after spending close to two decades hearing my husband describe with great detail any slight physical discomfort he might be experiencing.
Well, I got it wrong this time.
The Dish guy had to come to the house because our Hopper didn’t work. My spouse took the opportunity to have him help us rearrange and set up our TV sets. Joe’s dad had given us a large flat screen TV that needed a home. A few other sets needed to be relocated and connected.
While holding one of the sets, my husband let out a scream. Somehow the TV shocked him, and he immediately dropped it on his arm. After two weeks of misdiagnosis and various shades of purple and blue, Joe ended up in the office of the orthopedic surgeon.
Within twenty-four hours he was in the operating room so the doctor could repair his torn biceps tendon.
I spent eight straight hours between taking Joe to surgery and sitting in the waiting room. This followed an entire week with our oldest middle-schooler being sick.
While both scenarios were a bit distracting, those are mompreneur shining moments. I get to be there for my family when they need me, and I’m still able to move forward with what I need to do in my business.
It’s all possible because I’ve been on a journey to make space for both my life and my business.
Making space is critical to balancing business and family. You make space for your life and your business when you
Know what you need to do when,
Are organized with both the technology and the supplies to do it when and where you need it,
Have a variety of systems in place that keep your home running relatively smoothly even when you are extremely busy,
Lead a team of competent, cooperative family members who know how to pitch in without complaint when things need to be taken up a notch,
Embed yourself in a community that allows you to “tap into the village” when you need to,
Develop relationships with personal and professional support people who can help pull your weight when your load gets too heavy
Make Space Before You Need It
There is a distinct difference between mompreneurs who arrive at the life of their dreams from those who either have not enough revenue or those that have clients but painfully no time.
Smart mompreneurs create the space before they need it.