I still can’t believe that I’ve been a mummy for seven months now. In some ways it feels like only yesterday that Dominic was born and in others it feels as though he has always been here. With seven months working mummy experience under my belt, I wanted to share with you today how I juggle being a mum and running my own business.
I won’t pretend to have all the answers as every parent (and every child) is different but this is what has worked for me.
Make the most of nap times – I have my laptop turned on and ready to go so that as soon as Dominic goes down for a nap, I can go into my office and get straight to work. I will admit that I don’t use this time to work on any big projects that require my attention for more than an hour as there is every chance that if I did Dominic would decide to only have a 20 minute nap. I use this time to reply to emails, check social media, plan blog posts or source suppliers for my couples.
Work after baby’s bedtime – We are lucky in that Dominic has pretty much always been a great sleeper and now sleeps through from 7 to 7 every night (I bet I’ve jinxed that now). This means that once he has gone to bed, my husband, Dean, and I will have dinner and then I will head up to my office for a few hours. It is during this time that I get big projects done such as design proposals or business planning. In order to feel less guilty about not seeing my husband as much as I would like, unless I have a wedding or a client meeting that can’t be made for any other time, I won’t work on Saturday or Sunday evenings. This then becomes our time to stay in and watch X-factor or go out for dinner with friends.
Utilise childcare where you can – We don’t currently put Dominic into a nursery however I am lucky to have my mum nearby who is happy to look after Dominic when I have a client meeting or need to spend a solid 6 hours getting some work done. This does mean that I need to plan ahead and factor in an extra person when booking meetings however this is a necessary factor to make it work. We have looked at nursery’s and put our name down for Dominic to start one or two days a week come February.
Set at least one day a week for the two (or more) of you - Our day is Friday. On Friday’s Dominic and I spend the whole day together without any work interuptions. We go to baby group and then we meet our NCT friends for lunch and a catch-up.
Download productivity apps – I try not to use my phone too much when I’m around Dominic however my iPhone is my definite saviour when it comes to running my business. I check and reply to emails, make notes of any ideas on the Evernote app, draft out blog posts using the WordPress app and pin styling ideas for my clients with the Pinterest app.
Do not procrastinate – It’s so easy to lose hours on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest however these are complete time suckers and before you know it you will have wasted valuable time that could be spent with your family or working.
Prioritise what’s important – I have to wear so many hats; mum, wife, daughter, sister, friend and business owner so I prioritise whats important and what’s not. What usually slips? The housework. As much as I would like to say that I clean my house every day, the reality is I don’t and that’s okay because my family and my work are my priority.
Oh and lastly, invest in a Jumperoo… No really, this amazing, bulky piece of plastic is a life saver. Dominic would happily bounce in it for hours if I let him (I don’t).
It really is amazing how much you can get done in a short space of time and if I add up the hours I work during an average day, it is usually about five or six hours which whilst isn’t ideal, is definitely enough time to run a successful business.
And when did I write the bulk of this post? Just now whilst Dominic played happily with his toys and bounced in his Jumperoo.
Let me know if this post has helped you or what you do to juggle being a mum with running a successful business. It would be great to hear from you.