Define the boundary between business & Motherhood
When you can completely separate these two, you foster the efficiency of running both effectively. Do not jumble them up. When you’re tuned into work, exclusively commit yourself to the set number of hours needed and then you can switch. Then when you’re at home, challenge yourself to disconnect from your business. Luckily, My husband and I were able to find a Nanny that is able to help at both our home and my business a few nights a week.
Be aware of self-care.
Taking a break and going for a walk with Isabelle does me a lot of good. I make sure I take several smaller meal breaks in a day instead of a couple of big meal breaks. Also, I stop occasionally to stretch and do a little dance (Isabelle and I do a lot of dancing) or jog in place. The trick is to give myself a chance to get some blood flowing, change my perspective and have little indulgences to look forward to. This keeps my mind fresh, light and positive. Nothing makes someone more cranky than being hungry, stressed and left with little space to breathe. A night out with friends is always great too.
Utilize your off hours
In our “off hours,” my husband and I divide family/house tasks up so we can get some decompression time (Christian LOVES cleaning). Or perhaps he’ll spend time with Isabelle on a Saturday so I can work. He’s very supportive of my need for a break here and there. I try and do the same for him.
I’ve found that planning for a healthy business is essential, but planning for healthy family life is even more essential. Without proper planning, I feel like life runs me rather than me running my life. You’ve got to believe in what you’re doing, whether it’s creating a product or offering a service. You’ve got to believe 100 percent in it because if you don’t, you’re not going to make it through the stressful times.
Finally, I think being a mother has made me a better businesswoman. I can multi-task like nobody’s business.