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  • How to set boundaries in your business and avoid mental fatigue

    How to set business boundaries in your business as a solopreneur.

    The truth is, as a mompreneur, you never get to a point where your task list is completely clear. This is exactly why you need to set those boundaries in your business fast. So that you can give yourself the self-care and self-love outside of your business, and burnout-proof your business.

    Why you need boundaries

    You need to rest

    Planning ahead of time ensures that your business will still be intact if you take a weekend off or even a few days away. You can do this even when you are running your business as a solopreneur! The most important thing is that you are using the available systems and tools to automate what you can, and you plan for the time off, ahead of time. Don’t plan to launch a new product a few days before your vacation!

    Boundaries help others respect your time

    Imagine if you replied to all your emails and texts within minutes of receiving them. You immediately create an expectation that you can be contacted on any day at any time. And an instant response is the bare minimum that your clients should expect from you. When you set your boundaries, then others around you know the limits and will work within the limits. 

    Just like any game has rules, your business should also have rules. Anyone who is really interested in working with you will be respectful enough to play by these rules.

    It is a form of self care

    If you don’t set boundaries, you will always find yourself working into the wee hours of the night. Just like corporate work, there will be season where you may find yourself working a little bit more than usual but this should not be the norm. Find a way to balance your business with you.

    Avoid burnout and overwhelm

    I see so many mumpreneurs getting into the trap of overworking themselves thinking that more work means more sales. This only leads to overworking themselves even more, eventually leading to burnout and falling out of love with their business. 

    When you have clear boundaries around your business time and your personal time, you find a way to make your business work within those boundaries.

    When should you set your boundaries?

    Immediately!

    Don’t get into the habit of not having boundaries, thinking that you are losing out on sales and potential clients. 

    The very opposite is true. The more often you can take a break away from your business, the more time you can spend thinking about the bigger picture, vision and direction of your business. And making those CEO-level decisions without getting distracted with the busyness and everyday tasks.

    5 Ways to establish your business boundaries

    Set your office hours

    The same way you have office hours at your day job is the same way you should set office hours for your side hustle. You could even include these in your email so that people know when you are online and able to reply to their messages.

    Plan ahead of time

    Pencil in your holidays and leave on your business calendar so that you don’t have important business projects ongoing close to your time off. 

    If you work with other people in your business, then it would be a good idea to share your Google calendar with them. By sharing your calendar they know when you will be away. It is also courteous to drop them a reminder at least 2 weeks in advance before you take your time off.

    Plan your finances

    The truth is, there is no business that can generate 100% of its income passively. For a solopreneur some work definitely needs to be done to ensure that your business generates enough cashflow while you are away. You might want to host a promotion or a launch before you go on leave, so that the cashflows can sustain you when you are taking your time off.

    You also need to be aware of the minimum cash expenditures you should set aside before you go on leave, just in case your business generates less sales than expected while you are away. This will reduce the level of stress and anxiety that you might experience if you don’t plan ahead of time.

    Be clear on your accessibility during your time away

    Inform your team and your customers as to when you will be out of the office and how they can reach you in case of any emergencies. It’s always best to make it clear that you intend to rest, and that you should only be contacted for urgent issues. This way, your time off won’t become a working holiday, which happens commonly when boundaries are not clearly communicated.

    Unplug from social media

    Create your social media posts before you take your time off. That way your page remains fresh with new and valuable content for your followers, while you take time to rest. Use apps like Canva and Planoly to schedule your posts. Enable automatic posting if you want to be 100% off social media during your time off.

    One of the best pieces of advice I have come across is to simply delete social media apps from your phone. Do this over the weekends, and this applies too when you want to completely unplug. Resist the temptation to check a thing or two (which often leads to mindless scrolling) by deleting the apps. Then reinstalling them when you are ready to get back into the grind.

    Your settings will remain intact so don’t worry about losing anything if you delete your social media apps.

    When you are on social media, set boundaries between your business time and your social time. During social media business hours, the end goal should be very clear as well as the maximum time you will be on social media. Make sure you know what you aim to achieve so that you can hold yourself accountable to it.

    Respect other people’s boundaries

    You have to respect the boundaries other people set. This is one of the things I have learnt from some of the leaders I have worked with in the corporate world. You can’t expect people to respect your boundaries if you are constantly treading on theirs. 

    Final thoughts on how to set boundaries in your business

    If you don’t know how to set boundaries in your business, you are likely to go through overwhelm and burnout more often than is necessary. Take the time to determine what your ideal business hours are, and your ideal working style. Set boundaries to protect your time, and respect your boundaries as well.

    If you need more tips on how to maximize your productivity, check out this post or this post, that I wrote recently.

    Do you have boundaries? How do you ensure that they are not broken or compromised?

    How to set business boundaries in your business as a solopreneur.

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  • Overcoming overwhelm as a mumpreneur

    How to overcome overwhelm as a mumprene in five simple steps.

    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
    How to overcome overwhelm as a mumpreneur in 5 simple ways.

    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

    In conclusion,

    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.

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