If you’re a mom, an entrepreneur, and a woman with a full or a part-time job, more power to you.
It takes so much of time and energy to raise little ones, let alone work and create a business. There may be days when you’re really tired or just want to give up, but you keep trying anyway. That, my friend, is true dedication.
However, are you running from from task to the next in hopes of gaining momentum in your business but never feeling like you’re getting very much done? I’ve been there and understand you. I used to create whenever I thought I had time and I never spent time on this blog that I spent money on because I never had the time for it. I just went from one thing to the next.
Recently, I started making changes and it has been awesome. For example, last night, we had a bit of a scare and my husband had to take off, so it was just my son and me at home. I had two choices: get my chores done with him awake or do them when he went to bed. I chose the first.
You may be wondering, what this has to do with you achieving a growth mindset. It has everything to do with that. I could have chosen to do my chores later, but that would have taken away from my work time. That’s why I went with the first choice. However, I won’t lie to you and tell you that it went beautifully. Absolutely not! There were some tasks that had to be completed later as my son needed attention but it cut my work in half.
This is just one action. There’s so much more we can do to make sure we make our businesses a success while raising wonderful children.
In either your journal or planner, write down everything you want to accomplish in your business this year. Think about the products, blog posts or podcasts you want to create. Then write down any education you need to accomplish those goals – what books or courses do you need to purchase to acquire the skills that are needed to make these goals a reality.
For this section, you’ll need your planner. Block out any chores or activities you need to do during the day for your family first. For example, from 7am (sometimes earlier) to about 10pm, I need to spend time work my family. During this time, I need to have the food ready, do laundry, play with my son and so forth.
After that, figure out if you work best in the morning or at night. I’m an night owl. Therefore, I work on my business from 10pm to 1am. When my son naps, I deal with marketing and emailing. In the night, I complete what I couldn’t do during the day and start working on either creating a new product or working on a blog post. So, block out your work times.
In your journal or planner break down all of the big goals for your business into smaller tasks. Put these tasks into your planner to work on during your scheduled work time. In this section, also include any books or courses you need to work on as study and implementation time is also an important part of growing your business. and creating a growth mindset.
Planning for the full month is ideal but may be difficult as so much arises at the last minute with your little ones. So, if this is too much for you, at least have your big ideas for the year – let’s say 1 big one for each month. Then, in your journal, break it down into smaller components and only include what you can do for one week. If at all possible, do not plan for less than a week, because it is really difficult to thrive when you’re running from one idea to the next without clarity. This will give you the focus that you need so that you can easily check it off your list and see your growth. It is also helpful, when you’re feeling like you aren’t able to continue, to look at your week and see your progress.
Beyond work and your family, you need some time for yourself. If you don’t focus on taking care of yourself, you won’t be any good to anyone else. So, slot in some time every day. It may only be 5 minutes at the end of the day to drink a cup of tea. It doesn’t matter what you choose to do during this time, but block out some uninterrupted time for yourself. Treating yourself to some much needed “me” time will help you feel rejuvenated and will provide you with the white space you need to come up with new ideas for your life and business.
Now that you’ve put everything into your calendar AND set reminders for yourself, head into this year with grace. Keep working on your big dreams because the world and your children need all of the gifts that you have to offer.
Thank you so much for joining me. I would love to hear about your progress in the comments below. For now though, grab your FREE planning sheets for this post and enjoy dreaming big and gaining momentum.
While the above roadmap is a great starting point for goal-setting, the following, which is a more comprehensive guide, will go into more depth and will focus on my 6 step goal-setting plan for success.
Take care and Happy New Year,