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Effective time management for moms in business

Tuesday, June 28th, 2022

Being a full-time mom and a business owner is not an easy feat. Especially if you are blessed to be a mom to more than one child and have other responsibilities outside of your home. Going beyond your comfort zone to have your own successful business is possible when you are equipped with the best time management tips. Continue reading to get effective time management tips that are extremely helpful to all mom entrepreneurs.

Time management

Whether you are a new mom thinking of starting your own business or you already have a successful business but you are struggling with having time for your kids. Being able to manage and save time is so important.

To achieve that balanced life we all long to have, time management is a skill that is necessary for all busy mompreneurs. This skill simply requires creating an every day system that helps you to focus.


Before we go into the important time management tips in this blog post. let us talk about how your mindset and expectations affect your time management and productivity in your business and family life.

Have a vision

As moms with big goals and different challenging tasks, it is helpful to create a realistic image of who you want to be. This is because it will help you focus on your priorities. It also guides you to know how to write a schedule and manage your everyday tasks and responsibilities. This simply means planning how your family, business, and even you as a mother can have success in different areas of life.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself as you create the picture of who you want to become in a matter of time.

What kind of mom would you like to be?

Do you want to work from home or have a work space out of the home for your business?

Are you willing to make your business a full-time job?

How would you want to balance your mom life and business as you work at making more profit?

Will you need someone to care for your kids while you work?

Do you desire more flexibility?

Can your health handle the stress that may come with starting or managing a business?

There are so many other questions that you can ask yourself as you create images that would lead to your goal.

Looking at the lives of other moms in business can give you more insight into what to expect as busy mompreneurs.

Best time management tips for a successful business

There are so many tools that are used to manage and boost productivity in businesses. Take a look at these awesome tips.

Building habits

Are you a mom that claims there is not enough time to be as productive as you want to be? Consider taking a look at how you can improve your habits.

Here are some helpful habits that keep moms on track and increase productivity:

  1. Every evening, try to write a list of the tasks for the next day.
  2. Try to do a few things like washing the dishes, tidying up the rooms, and setting out clothes for the kids and the meals for the next day before going to sleep.
  3. Planning and creating a schedule for your kids to follow will help you not to lose track.
  4. As a mom, you need to get up an hour or 30 minutes earlier than your kids. This will give you some time to knock off a few tasks on your to-do list.
  5. Fill a cup of water to drink in the morning before having coffee. This helps to gently awaken your body and it keeps you healthy.
  6. Create time for yourself in the morning, whether it is to work out, pray, meditate, or read a book.
  7. Don’t give up if you don’t complete all the tasks you planned to accomplish. Get up, try again and conquer those challenging tasks!

Creating a schedule

When we started researching time management, we noticed that many moms struggle to create an effective schedule.

Coming up with a realistic schedule is the most important time management tip that will help save time, increase productivity, and guarantee success in managing your home and family life.

It is necessary for you to be able to distinguish between important tasks and menial tasks. Your schedule should cover not just your business but must include your home life, social life, and any other area.

Following a schedule requires discipline to complete a task within the time required. Determination to be disciplined is helpful because it will push you to complete your goals, one task at a time. This is especially necessary when you have kids.

Before writing a schedule, list the tasks that you expect to do within the week. You can decide to use your Sunday or Saturday evenings to plan your tasks for the week. Make a list of the things you want to do. Include your domestic chores and any business-related work.

This is an idea of what your list of tasks could look like:

1. Clean the kitchen

  1. Do the laundry
  2. Take Lucas to his appointment with the dentist.
  3. Respond to emails
  4. Call your best friend Melissa
  5. Mow the lawn
  6. Help decorate your neighbor’s living room for her granddaughter’s birthday.
  7. Go on Instagram
  8. Call some clients
  9. And most importantly, saying NO to distractions.

More on creating a schedule

Time audit

You may not be able to excel in time management without carrying out a time audit. It is so helpful and important because it lets you know how you’ve been spending your time.

This is done by observing and keeping track of the time you spend doing different activities (like cooking, cleaning, responding to emails, using social media, and playing with your children) every day.

When you have done this, write it out and analyze the result. Adjust areas you feel have taken too much of your time or need more time.

Doing this will improve how we manage our time.

Time block

Have you ever heard of time blocking? If you haven’t or if you are not sure how to apply it. Now is a good time to grab a notepad and a pencil. You may wonder, why pencil and not my favorite pen. This is because writing a schedule isn’t something you get perfectly the first time. You’ll need to make changes many times before arriving at the best time management game plan made for you.

Time blocking is one of the major time management tips. It is simply a blend of your to-do list and a calendar. It helps to ensure that you can work on all your tasks.

The first step to take in time blocking is to list the activities and tasks you are involved with on a daily or weekly basis and the approximate time you need to do it. The next thing is to map out a plan of how you will spend your day by blocking certain periods to do each task.

This makes it possible to tick off many tasks on your list within 24 hours because the way you will spend your time is all planned out.

Ask for help!

There is absolutely nothing shameful in asking for help. If you are result driven and want to check as many tasks on your to-do list, you need to be able to ask for help.

Many mom entrepreneurs are trapped in the “do it all by yourself” mindset. They belittle themselves if a situation or task pushes them to delegate tasks, hire someone or even ask their family or friends for help

Hello, supermoms out there!! Make life easier for yourself. Be a wise woman and ask for help!!!

Let us be honest being a mom and a business owner is normally not easy, but this can change if you delegate jobs. You may have some challenging tasks that are on your to-do list. Take advantage of people or businesses that offer services that you can use.

Here are some helpful tips for handling certain situations and tasks

  1. If you need to attend a conference that will greatly impact your business but you are not sure of what to do with your kids. Try asking your spouse, a trusted friend, or a family member to help watch them. You can also hire a reliable babysitter.
  2. Let’s say you’ve swallowed up business activities and active kids. You haven’t had the time to attack your ever-growing laundry. This is the time to search for a good laundry business you can hand over the task to and pay for their services.
  3. If you have noticed you spend a whole lot of time sealing and packaging your products at the expense of making lasting memories with your family. Hire someone to take over the packaging aspect of your business.

Self-care

As a mom with a full-time job caring for your family and business, the expression ” all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” is so true. Especially for busy moms. Unfortunately, many women entrepreneurs overlook this and instead fill their week with many tasks.

Busy mompreneurs have a hard time giving themselves a break. This is because so many things (kids, partners, work, etc) are pulling for their attention and they find it difficult to press pause and take a deep breath.

Having quality time set apart to rest and refresh yourself will not only help you to spend valuable time by yourself or with your family. It will also help you to be more productive in your businesses.

There are some key areas that mom entrepreneurs must not ignore.

• Physical wellbeing

•Spiritual wellbeing

•Emotional wellbeing

•And mental wellbeing

Self care Ideas
  1. Take morning walks
  2. Engage in spiritual activities like praying and meditation.
  3. Treat yourself to a massage session either once a month or once a week.
  4. Eat well and exercise.
  5. Or simply make a nice cup of coffee or tea for your to enjoy while you work.

All these are great tips that will always help you manage your time, ease the pressure and enjoy your everyday life.

Repurpose Your Blog Content

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

REPURPOSE your BLOG CONTENT (CREATE CONTENT FROM OLD BLOGPOST)
I share how you can repurpose your old blogpost. We know content is everything, repurposing your content is one way you can create content for social media. This is a marketing tip plus it is time saving as well to ensure that your social media shares great content.

 

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE:

 

I’ll see you around…

Nike

Fellow Momleader

How To Improve Your Focus As A Mom-preneur

Friday, March 1st, 2019

FOCUS! FOCUS!! FOCUS!!!

“I can remember the lyrics to songs from 1992,

I can remember all the things my husband did wrong;

but I can’t remember where I put my keys!”

– Unknown

Being a Mom-Prenuer – Mom of two lil ones and Enterprenuer that works from home (literally anywhere in the home: from the kitchen to the bathroom!lol). I am usually asked this:

“Nike, How do you stay focussed?”

 

Today, I share 7 of my secrests to staying foccussed as an enterprenur-mom:

1. Prioritze your life:

We all have an endless to-do list! We know how overwhelming it can be when we are distracted or taken away from our current task. The distraction may be from well-meaning friends, our children or family members. To improve my focus, I have embraced the power of “NO” or “NOT RIGHT NOW”.

 

2. Nourish your concentration:

Coffee is great but too much coffee can be counter-productive – I’ve mentioned this is my previous post on Mom-exercise. I noticed that being a Mom-prenuer sometimes has an adverse effect on my food choices. Eating Vegetables, fruits (especially blueberries) and using Supplements (Such as Omega-3) helps boost focus.

 

3. Create Time blocks:

I love this concept of “Time blocks” – I teach this to moms in my Take Charge coaching program. This is a concept that allows me to group tasks into “Time – blocks”. It allows me to concentrate on that particular task and most importantly, because I have a rough idea of how long it will take to carry out the task within a particular Time – block, I can easily schedule when it will work or if my circumstance will allow each “Time-block”.

 

4. Don’t give in to overwhelm:

Overwhelm is the killer of focus. I ensure that I rid myself of things, circumstances that would make me feel overwhelmed. Having a To -Do list helps greatly because not only does it make me stay focussed, it also allows me to do a brain dump and I can clearly see what needs to be done!

 

5. Self care:

Take a Break. Schedule this! I can’t over stress this. Check out my post on Self Care Ideas for Ideas. When I see that I am loosing focus, I detach myself to care for myself.

 

6. Tackle the biggest task first:

I find that when I have a big task on my to do, it affects why concentration. I am constantly thinking about that big task and I dot focus on the task Im currently carrying out. To overcome this, I try as much as possible to deal with all my big tasks first. That way, I feel accomplished throughout the day and I also banish that “dreadful” feeling of a Pending big task!

7. Have a morning routine:

This is actually one of the most important point. The way I start my day sets the tone for my day. The things I do in the morning are: Pray, Meditate, Stretch/Exercise and then start my day. My mantra is this: “Don’t let your emails rule your life”

I love learning, please let me know if you have any other suggestions.

I’ll see you around

Nike

 

10 Simple Romantic Valentine Ideas for Moms

Friday, February 15th, 2019

Valentine Ideas for Moms for the Valentine’ Weekend.

“Everyone says that you fall in love once that is not TRUE

because every time when I see you,

I fall in love with you all over again”

– Unknown

 

Valentine is here!

Love is in the air!

 

 

Valentine is always a time when the sale of roses, chocolates and cards are at their peak. I find that most Valentines, people lack Valentine ideas for moms; so moms are given gifts they don’t really like. Gifts like: Fake flowers, gym membership, sugar free candy, self help books or ill fitting lingeries or night dress.

 

Here are a list of 10 Simple Romantic Valentine ideas for Moms, especially new moms or moms with little ones.

Moms, get inspired with this list and pass it one to your Valentine!

 

1. Sleep in:

Weekends can be a chore; instead of being up and running around to get everyone ready; how about taking time off. You can also go into work later in the day to have some time to sleep-in on Valentine’s Weekend.

 

2. Make Breakfast together:

Making breakfast with your Valentine is a great way to spend Valentine. Especially if it is just you two 😉

 

3. Take Bubble Bath:

Interesting how most  moms take a bath because they think they deserve it. Having a bath doesn’t have to be a treat! It can be something you do everyday. If you still feel it is a treat, here’s a Valentine Idea for moms -“Valentine’s Weekend Bubble Bath”. Treat yourself to some nice scents, candles, fresh flowers, great music – all the works.

 

4. Watch a Romantic Movie together:

There’s nothing as romantic as watching a romantic goofy valentine movie with your Valentine. I mean uninterrupted. If you have to get someone to watch the kids, take the time off. You can either watch the movie in your living room or go out to the movies.

 

5. Dress up and go somewhere nice:

Dressing up brings up a great feeling. It is a good time to wear that “One-day-I-will-wear-you” dress. Dress up and go somewhere really nice. Visit those “one-day-I-will-visit” restaurant.

 

6. Listen to some love music together:

Put on some candles, set in the mood (sit by the fire place) and listen to some Love music together. Oldies does it for me – it brings up some really great memories.

 

7. Massage:
Either do a DIY – you can buy the oils from a local store near you, have some candles, good music and voila! Or you can treat your partner to a massage, pedicure or manicure appointment

 

8. Stay up Late:

Nothing beats staying up late…no more to be said here!

 

9. Create a List of “why you love your partner”:

You can either send a romantic text messages to your partner or you can write it out in a card. As long as those words are from your heart.

 

10. A night off from Bedtime Routine:

The chore of Bedtime routine can be exhausting. You either have the kids do a sleep-over or you get the nanny to put them to sleep or you get your partner to do it. Skipping this routine is such a great Valentine treat for  moms.

 

Dont forget to love yourself – Check this post on Self Care: 

Watch my YouTube Video on Self-care here: www.youtu.be/bhqhZdgYw3M

 

Happy Valentines to all Moms out there!

 

Chao!

 

I’ll See you around

 

Nike Famojuro

Fellow MomLeader

@iamamomleader

Seven Practical Ways You Can Show Love To Your Children

Friday, February 1st, 2019

SEVEN PRACTICAL WAYS YOU CAN SHOW LOVE TO YOUR CHILDREN

I get this most times from Moms in my MomLeader Coaching Programs.
I often ask this question: “Do you show love to your children, that is; 
You love your children but do they know that?”

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Pretty ironic right?!?

Here are Seven (7)n Practical Ways You Can Show Love To Your Child.

PS: It is NEVER to late or too early to start.

1. TELL THEM YOU LOVE THEM:
This seems like a no-brainer right!?

Life can get busy that all we communicate to our children is what they are not doing right or their schedules, what is expected of them etc.

We forget at times to tell them what they need to hear (even though the child will not admit it! lol).

They need to hear it from you that you love them…PERIOD!…Say it!

 

2. PRAISE THEM:

This is kind of tied in with you telling your child you love them, that is, how you show love to your children.

Praising them is something you have to do consciously especially when you are going through difficult times with your child. Because of moms “nurturer” nature, we often only see EVERYTHING that needs to be fixed and we NEGLECT the things that are going on well. Find the good in your child and praise them for it

 

3. LISTEN TO YOUR CHILD;

9 out of 10, the biggest issue we had with our parents was that they didn’t listen to us…so Mommas, why aren’t  we listening to our children?

Always adopt this Steve Covey Effective Listening style which is:

“Seek first to Understand, then to be Understood”.

That is, concentrate on what is being said; rather concentrating on your response.

 

4. BE PRESENT:

Doing more than one task at once seems great because it allows us to get so many things done in a limited amount of time.

The disadvantage is that we tend not to be present while carrying a task.

When spending time with your child, be present.

All you need to do is create a time block for your child, with no interruption and with you being fully present.

This is definitely important if you want to show love to your children.

 

5. LAX THE RULES ONCE IN A WHILE:
It is awesome to have a schedule with the children especially when dealing with younger children.

But every now and then, it is okay to lax the rules.

How about if they stay up  late on a Friday night and watch a goofy movie with you or eat their breakfast in bed on Saturday morning…whatever you know they would like, lax the rules and watch their faces light up…Priceless!

 

6. SURPRISE THEM:

Everyone loves a good surprise – not just on Birthdays!

But remember, it is about them and not about you; so bear that in mind when choosing either what to give them or  what activity to do.

Do your research and NAIL it!

 

7. CREATE FAMILY TIME:

This concept is super important because it creates and nurtures closeness between family especially siblings. It is just like how companies have Team building programs with their staff members to encourage Team Dynamics.

By taking time off and being diligent with Family Time will not only create great Team Dynamics with your children, it is also a way you can show your family that you love them!

 

There you have it, 7 Practical Ways You Can Show Love to Your Child…if you want more, you can download the 37 Practical Ways You Can Show Love To Your Child here >> >

Remember, to check out 101-self-care-ideas-for-moms

Keep Loving Mommas,

 

I’ll see you around.

 

Nike Famojuro

Fellow MomLeader