Ah, the glamorous life of a mompreneur. Sipping lattes while taking conference calls, attending PTA meetings in athleisure, and typing out emails with one hand while tending to a child with the other.
Pure bliss, right?
Pause for hysterical laughter.
But seriously, juggling your high-octane career with the equally demanding job of being Mom is no small feat—especially when your office is also a laundromat, cafeteria, makeshift school. Here’s how to master the balancing act, set those crucial boundaries, and actually “clock out” when working from home.
The Importance of ‘YOU’ Time
First of all, let’s get one thing straight: The term “self-care” is not just for Instagram influencers who have all the time in the world for sheet masks and bubble baths. You deserve some “me time” too. The dishes can wait; your mental sanity cannot.
Scheduling is Your New Best Friend
Remember those romantic comedies where the female protagonist writes everything down in a cutesy planner? Life imitates art, ladies. If you want to have a semblance of work-life balance, scheduling is essential.
- Set Work Hours: Even though your office is in your home, it doesn’t mean you should be at work all the time. Set your work hours and stick to them.
- Plan Breaks: And by “breaks,” we don’t mean pausing for two minutes to put in a load of laundry. Plan a real break for yourself—even if it’s just 15 minutes of quiet tea time.
- Kids’ Activities: Have a list of go-to activities to keep the kiddos entertained while you catch up on emails or take a crucial call.
Physical Boundaries: Not Just a Geographical Term
Create a designated workspace that’s off-limits to everyone during your work hours. Whether it’s a small corner of your bedroom or a full-on home office, this is your sanctuary. Train your family to understand that when you’re in this space, you’re off mom-duty (unless someone is bleeding or the house is on fire, of course).
Tech Tips for the Win
- Separate User Profiles: Use different profiles on your computer—one for work and one for personal use. This will help you mentally clock out when you switch from your work profile to your personal one.
- Notification Settings: Adjust your notification settings so that you’re not being bombarded with work emails during family time. Your smartphone should be smart enough to respect your boundaries!
Get Your Tribe Onboard
Be clear about your boundaries and enlist your family’s help in enforcing them. This means that unless it’s an emergency, your partner should redirect the kids when they want to stage an invasion of your workspace.
Clocking Out Rituals
Remember how Fred Flintstone used to clock out by sliding down a dinosaur’s tail? Well, you need your version of that. Create a ritual that signifies the end of your workday. It could be as simple as closing your laptop and doing a little happy dance.
Setting boundaries as a mompreneur is a constant work in progress, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be a bona fide superstar at balancing your work and home life. So go ahead and break out that planner, adjust those notification settings, and prepare for a future where you can be both a business mogul and a super mom. And don’t forget to squeeze in that “me time”; you’ve earned it!