After doing some hardcore math, I’ve calculated exactly how much time I have during the day. Rounded up, I’d say it’s roughly 2 hours after taking care of my little one, the house, and the furbabies.
Such is the life of a mom-entrepreneur.
See, I’m not at the point where I can drop my son off with a babysitter and power through a few hours of blog prep and socials – nope.
I got BILLS.
Add that to the hundreds of monthly courses and groups I participate in (okay, like two) – I can’t afford a babysitter, not even close.
I believe honesty is the best policy, which is why I’m being so candid. I’m not going to lie and tell you I’m making bank WHILE taking care of a baby full time and going to school. My money goes towards INVESTING in my business, not fun money. I’ve managed this far, I can keep on keeping on.
For me, it all comes down to time-management.
And I mean down to the minute time-management. Just not in the way you’re thinking.
Here’s how I manage my time as a mom entrepreneur:
P.S. These are pretty great tips even if you’re not a mom 😉
HA! How many times have you heard this one?
Then again, if that many people recommend it, it must be true. For me, a routine is like a guideline. We do a slight schedule:
We end up with two good naps during the day, a lot of food (hey, he’s a growing guy), and a full night of sleep! What’s different?
The only set time is bedtime.
Neither of us have a set time to do ANYTHING except go to bed. He tells me (no parenting judgement please) when he’s ready for food, sleep, and snacks. Why do this matter?
I don’t make time expectations.
While I have a general idea of how much time I have to work during naps, I’m not stressing over the little things. Instead, I plan them out in a way that lets me have the freedom to work when I can – even if I can only work for a minute. Which brings me to my next tip…
Obviously, writing a blog is going to take me consecutive time, approx 1-2 hours depending on the topic. So working by the minute won’t help, but I can draft my Instagram post in < 2 minutes.
Both are things I NEED to get done during the day, but one I can do quickly to save me time later!
Take a minute in the morning (or the night before) and make a list of things you need to get done, want to get done, and things that could get done (if you had the time). Why?
You’ll prioritize and realize that you might be able to hold off on one or two things. You’ll also be able to get a better idea of what you ACTUALLY think you can accomplish, instead of what you DREAM of accomplishing.
*Yes, I literally dream of knocking out my to-do list.
If you’re like me, you know what you can manage in a spare 5 minutes and what will take you 2 hours. Go ahead and slip that 5 minute task in if your little one is just chillin. If you don’t like working and watching, try making mental lists and writing them down during nap time!
Either way, you’ll have a general idea of what you need to get done during your long work hours.
Trello has saved my life, no joke.
Cool thing is, I can pull it up on my computer and type OR open the app on my phone. The ability to quickly switch devices is oh so useful AND it’s keeps me on track!
For easy access to photos and free resources (those email things that you sign up for and horde in your inbox, yea, like this one.), I use Google Drive.
Luckily, Google has pretty much every resource of theirs on almost all platforms. Which means quick access no matter where you are!
How to Manage Your Time as a (Mom) Entrepreneur has been planned since Sunday. Additionally, I have three more posts planned for this week (assuming I am able to write them all in a TIMELY manner).
Also, all of my Instagram posts for the next two weeks are pre-planned, my facebook posts are scheduled or planned, and my group threads for the next week are scheduled to post.
All of it was accomplished last Sunday.
I like to, no, I NEED to have everything scheduled or planned that I can. Do you know how much time it saves me during the week?
I don’t have to struggle for topics, I can plan out releases, I have posts ready to just copy & paste. It’s like a little ‘brain vacation.’
The only thing I don’t plan out is my emails – which I’m fixing to do this upcoming Sunday because, well, why not?
That’s it from me for the day! If you have anything you’d like to share, want to collaborate on, or just feel the need to talk, shoot me an email at email@example.com.