As a mother, regardless of how old your child is, it is very difficult to keep up with the everyday tasks and the day to day life. If we add running a business to it, it becomes even more difficult. However, it may be difficult but it is not impossible. With changing nappies and dropping kids off at school to answering business calls and attending meetings, a working mother’s day can become very cramped and difficult if not executed well. This is why you need these 5 tips to help you get through your day and make it easier and smooth.
- Plan, Plan, and Plan
It is crucial that if you want your day to run smoothly, you need to have it either pre-planned or have a to-do-list. This will not only make your day go by smoother but you will be able to achieve many more goals and achievements within the day that you can be proud of. It is always best to pre-plan your day, the lunches for the children and the menus. Have surplus food and diapers at home, so no unnecessary trips to the grocery store are required and make sure you schedule your meeting and calls at a time when your children are busy with something. This is because when your mind is occupied with two things at one time, you are unable to give your best to either. If your menu is planned and your children are busy in whatever activity you have pre-planned, you will be able give more time and focus more on your business.
- Use Technology
In the modern world, it really is best that we get on board and start using technology which can really aid and ease the workings of our day. You can use a virtual receptionist service with Oracle CMS. This service will help give a virtual front to your business and will aid you in running your business. A virtual receptionist will be able to deal with clients when you are unable to or are running errands. It will be the face of your business while you can then navigate who you need to call back. You can also use applications that give you reminders of your to-do-list and help you get through your day smoothly.
Multi-tasking can be beneficial but always multi-task when it comes to menial chores and tasks. For example, you can be cutting vegetables for dinner while reviewing your social media for your business. This is because our brain tends to focus on both things but the quality of work provided in both situations tends to lack as we do not give our entire attention to that particular task. Pairing small and meaningless tasks together not only helps you get through your list faster but also helps you get done with these tasks with ease.
- Say No
Many mothers and especially working mothers tend to take on more responsibility just because society makes them feel guilty about working. You need to learn to say no. If mothers in a PTA meeting put the difficult task on you, say no and take the easier task. You must look at what is easy for and how you can manage it. Do not go for others feasibility and convenience rather focus on your own. Not only will this help run you day to day tasks better but will give you a sense of empowerment generally too.
Always take short-cuts. Get pre-cut vegetables; get boxed cereal for breakfast instead of cooking porridge. Try and save as much time as you possibly can. As a business owner, time is just as valuable as money for you. This is why it is important that you take shortcuts and try to save as much time as you can.