Are you a mother or a business person? You have 30 seconds to choose one…

I have juggled many roles in my life – a sister, friend, wife, colleague, team mate in a dragon boat, and partner – but there is one role that I will be performing for the rest of my life – being a mum.

My role as a mother is probably the most important one I will perform throughout my adult life. I made the decision to bring other human beings into this world – to teach them how to be good people, to care about others, to stand on their own two feet and to be an integral part of the community.

I am also a business person, committed to building a successful and profitable venture. A vehicle to express myself creatively, connecting with other business people for mutual benefit. My business is my other ‘baby’ – something I created from scratch. I nurture, love and care for my business – it is a tool to make me money and to do something good with my skills and expertise.

Here’s the rub – which role is more important?  Do I need to choose? Or can I do both well?

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5 Systems Business Mums Need for Better Balance

Despite the rigidity that seem to come with the idea of systems, they are actually the means to flexibility and better balance.  Without them, chaos can reign supreme, and busy lives end up feeling out of control.  Burnout and exhaustion creep in, and it can all feel overwhelming all of the time.

As a busy mum and entrepreneur, systems are essential.  They allow me to manage stress and keep within the boundaries that I have set myself, so that bad habits don’t take over, or allow me to feel overwhelmed with so many things to do.

I feel much better when my systems are in place because they bring structure to a crazy busy life.  They allow me to compartmentalise when I need to, and reduce the mental clutter of having everything in my head, rolling about at once.

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6 Tips for Mums Who Run Their Own Business

It is a very appealing option to many mothers. Imagine being able to work for yourself so that you can incorporate all the flexibility you need into your working day. There may be an option to work from home so you have no commute times and to reduce child care fees. It often seems like the closest we will get to work-life balance.

There is of course another side to running your own business. The difficult side which can be riddled with problems.
Here are some tips for mums who currently run or who are looking to run their own business.

1. Being the business owner means that you are never off duty. There is a huge temptation to work day and night and to grab those extra spare moments at weekends when you can. After all, what you are building here is for you and your family. If this works out the way you want to then the hours will be worth it.

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The Real Reasons Behind Your Time Management Problems

Being a parent and having to run a business, we often have to juggle various priorities and it seems like there is never enough time in the day to “get it all done.”

We are committed to growing our businesses, yet we feel so overwhelmed by everything that needs our attention that we ended up running around like a chicken with its head cut off, and still come up short.

I often hear people complain social media being a time suck. They can’t fit in the time to write a newsletter. They don’t have a minute to reflect on their own growth. They are struggling to get even 6 hours of sleep in. Yoga… what yoga?

They wish they could get the unfair advantage of having a 28-hour day.

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Work At Home Mum

Managing Your Time and Kids When You Work From Home

The reason you are working from home is so you can spend more time with your family, right? So don’t feel guilty about scaling back your work commitments whilst the kids are off school. If they are old enough, ask your kids to help you to honour your commitments to your clients so you can give them time too. You might even find that they are willing to help you with your work if it means that you’ll be able to concentrate on doing fun stuff with them. An example might be that they will give you quiet time in the morning (or even deliver brochures) if you’ll take them to the pool in the afternoon.

Make sure you’re really present when you’re spending time with your kids. You can’t be constantly interrupting your time with them to answer your phone or check e-mail. They’ll recognise that you are only half there and resent it. Unplug and really give them your attention when you’re spending time with them.

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