So you have started a business and have a new baby. Never before has there been so much information available about how to start and run a business. But with crazy sleep cycles, feeding schedules, entertaining and educating your kids (while trying to look after yourself), it can be challenging getting a new business off the ground. With endless to-do lists and distractions, it is important to remember to do the most important things first, as you never know what your kiddos are going to throw your way.
Here are five tips on how to balance motherhood and run a new business.
1. Establish a routine
Parents all know how important a routine is with kids. Even those who refuse a schedule, usually fold. However, your own healthy morning routine can put you on the right foot to have a successful day. Create three achievable steps every morning to start your day. For example, wake up and drink a large glass of water, have a quick shower (cold if possible) and spend ten minutes meditating.
This one is easy to forgo when there are so many other things to get done. Yet, the research is staggering on how great meditation is for brain development and productivity. Keep it simple and set a timer if necessary. One great way to meditate for many entrepreneurial personality types is first to focus on your breath, then visualise where you see yourself and your business in the next three months, year or 2-5 years. Feel it and see yourself there. It’s pretty powerful! Creating June Superfoods took a lot of visualisation and continues to grow from visualising the future.
3. Try to fit in exercise
This is another one that often gets pushed down the to-do list. It is so important to get your brain firing and blood flowing to keep you feeling empowered. Keep it simple, such as five sun salutations to get your body limber, followed by 2-3 sets of squats, lunges and planks. It’s even better if you can get outside for a jog or walk. This time in the morning is incredible for creating energy and momentum for the day ahead.
4. Schedule in emails and social media
We can waste so much time checking emails and social media constantly throughout the day. It’s a good idea to schedule times when you can check emails and then post on your social channels. You can also set a timer and scroll through your feeds to like, comment and follow other accounts to keep your business front of mind with your audience. It can get exhausting trying to juggle a toddler while looking at your phone and trying to respond to a message all the time. Just wait until an allotted time to sit down and get back to everyone.
5. Create a nighttime work routine
Forget about TV – after the kids are asleep it’s time to work. With uninterrupted time, you have the opportunity to get creative, write blogs, work on the website, fulfill orders, create collaborations – whatever is necessary to push your business to the next level. Of course, make sure you make time for your friends or partner. Schedule in a couple of dinners or a movie night at least once a week, even if it’s just at home.
Starting a business and being a mum is a full-time hustle, but there has never been a better time to do it. Don’t focus on the end goal, instead enjoy the ride and love what you are doing along the way. Jump in, follow your purpose, stay true to your values and in turn watch your business grow.