Last week, I surveyed a group of around 15 women online and the results were astounding; 85% of these women mentioned that their greatest challenges as mothers with businesses was lack of time and burnout! So if these are feelings you often experience, you are not alone. It is very easy to experience overwhelm as a mumpreneur, with so much to do and the same amount of time to do it as everyone else in the universe. The truth is…..
Time will never be on your side! As a working mom of 3, I often find myself working at weird times of the day (or night), trying to literally burn the midnight oil before my kids stop my work mode!
That’s why creating and committing to using a system to make the best use of your time, will get you from constantly feeling overwhelmed as a mumpreneur, to becoming confident that you are in control of your business.
Here are 5 hacks that have helped me to build a business as a new mom of twins, while being able to spend quality time with my newborns and toddler.
1.CREATE TIME SCHEDULE
I created a time management planner for bossmoms, which you can download below. It has been a timesaver, and helps me to focus on my action plan for the week without becoming derailed by other “urgent” things that come up during the week.
2.USE PRODUCTIVITY APPS
You can view my post here to see the apps that I use frequently to keep me on track with my goals and action plans every single week. The app that I use the most from this list is To-Doist.
I stopped taking mental notes of things I need to do, and started documenting everything. The minute I have more than 5 things on my daily to-do list, I start prioritizing and rescheduling, to avoid the overwhelm as a mumpreneur that eventually turns out into burnout.
3.BECOME AWARE OF HOW YOU USE YOUR TIME
If you have an iPhone, then you know that the new screen-time functionality/app can either be a sore eye opener or a lifesaver, depending on how you look at it.
This app has helped me to be aware of how much time I spend on unproductive activities, excess time on social media and chatting on Whatsapp which never seems to be an activity that has an end to it.
If you are on Android, you can try an app like Moment.
Once you are aware of how you spend your time, then you will be able to easily pivot and make new decisions on your time-spending habits.
Trust me, you do not have to reply to every single whatsapp or Instagram comment within 5 minutes of receiving them. The world can wait. Be intentional about how you spend your time, so that
- you can have more time to build your empire
- you can have more free time to do the things you love
4.KNOW WHEN TO OUTSOURCE
Depending on the stage in which your business is, and your budget, you might be at a point where your business will not be able to grow if you do not get help.
If you already have a good system to make your tasks efficient and you are managing your time well, and still experiencing overwhelm, then this might be a sign that you need help.
HOWEVER, ensure that all your processes and systems are in place so that your team member can perform her tasks efficiently and in a way that does not require your constant monitoring.
5.KEEP EVERYTHING IN A SINGLE PLACE: SYSTEMS
I have detailed post on how I systemize my business so that repeatable tasks are efficiently completed.
The point is, if you are organized and know where to find things easily in your business (whether online or in your physical files), then
- hiring someone to help you will be so much easier
- your company can actually function without your presence
- you will save yourself A LOT of time that would otherwise be wasted by trying to find where you saved your brand logo, or what to check for when creating an Instagram post
You do not have to experience overwhelm as a mumpreneur. Commit to taking a week to doing the groundwork of putting systems in place, becoming more self aware of how you are spending your time, and committing to 3 time-saving habits for 3 months.