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?
Are You Spending Too Much Time Away from Family and on Your Business?
Do these sound familiar?
“I felt being called to own a business or ministry, but fear sacrificing my family’s needs.”
“I don’t want to be selfish.”
“I need to work, but feel guilty when I’m not with family. Then I’m doubly stressed when work gets overwhelming.”
Mompreneur guilt…the mompreneur lifestyle can be tension-filled.
But it doesn’t have to be.
You can mindfully live each moment in these three simple steps. You can make it work without feeling guilty, conflicted, or neglecting yourself, your business, or your family.
It’s about doing the right things, the right way.
Guilt-free mompreneurs distinguish between community “wants” and “needs”. They break time into blocks to be fully present with either people or the task at hand.
Here’s how you “decide” about your life, instead of “slide”. The former offers clarity and peace. The latter arrives with a pile of conflicts and guilt: Know Where You Are Going and Why You Do What You Do
Does your family need more income?
What is the cost of not having the funds to do what you feel is important for your kids?
Are there legitimate needs for a more flexible schedule?
Do you have kids that need homework supervision to do well?
Do you have aging parents that need your attention at times that won’t fit with outside employment?
Do you have the self-discipline and drive necessary to be profitably self-employed?
If you, your spouse, and God have already decided that the benefits of doing your mom biz is best for your family, then you need to let go and look next to the implementation stages.
Be Clear on the Plan to Get There
Once you have a sound business model, to be successful in your business you need to
know the right things to do, and
do those right things well.
Easier said than done! Identify weekly and daily activities to be the kind of wife and mother God wants you to be, and put them in your calendar. Then schedule the work tasks that are critical for success (to do so you must know what those are).
Don’t make assumptions about what your family needs and wants. Needs change over time and may not be what you think. Use your own observations to where they need your love and guidance. Ask everyone directly what you can do to show your love for them.