I have been getting this question a lot lately, "How do you do it all?" I’m humbled that people think I’m doing an OK job of juggling a few businesses and caring for my husband, myself, and daughter. I’ll share a few tips that work for me, but keep in mind that one size definitely does not fit all!! And giving the disclaimer that I sure don’t get it right all the time.
To be an entrepreneur, you need to love what you do because it certainly won't be easy. I really put my heart and soul into the projects that I start and if I wasn’t passionate about them, I would get burned out really fast. Right now my main projects are Mint Leaf Media and Pepper’s Closet. Helping other small businesses grow and making cute clothes - what’s not to love? As much as I do love my job, finding a work-life balance is paramount. I am a better and more creative worker and a more patient and supportive wife/momma when I can find the right balance.
Here are three things that help me:
- Scheduling - My google calendar is my BEST FRIEND! I schedule everything - work outs, play dates, dates with my husband, work meetings, swim lesson, music class, etc. Planning my week ahead allows me to find help on the days I need it whether it’s from my brother, husband, mom or friends. Owning my own business gives me the freedom and flexibility to take my daughter to swim and music class during the day, but in return I am usually working nights when she goes to bed. Like the old saying goes, 'owning your own business means you get to pick which 80 hours a week you work.'
- Communication - Being honest with yourself and others about what you can and can’t do. Do not be afraid to say no or ask for help.
- Outsourcing & Delegating - I outsource and delegate as many tasks as I reasonably can, both at home and work. I use Peapod and Amazon in lieu of grocery store and Target runs (though somehow I still find myself wandering around target). I share household tasks with my husband and daughter. Lately, I’ve been thinking about strapping Swiffer pads to Pepper’s knees and letting her crawl around the house! Go, Pepper, Go!
No matter how hard I try and schedule and plan sometimes things don’t go the way I want (especially with a baby), so my advice to myself and everyone else is LET IT GO and go with the flow.