Work-at-home moms: Fall is the perfect time to refocus and prioritize

I have always found that fall is the best season for a new beginning. The kids are back in school, summer vacation is over, and everyone seems to have a renewed focus. This is the perfect time to start prioritizing your business and get back on track.

I’m not saying that it is easy. Between helping the kids with homework, taking them to after school activities, and volunteering at their school, while managing the home and their business, it’s a challenge!

Being an entrepreneurial mom requires flexibility. Since our children’s schedules often change each season, take advantage of the next three months, before the holidays creep up on us, to boost your business.

Tips to help you get into a groove

Where do you start?

Here are some tips to help you get into the swing of Metromom:

o Limit yourself to three top priorities to accomplish in one day. For example, your day might include scheduling appointments, spending quality time with each child, and exercising for an hour. This way it is easier to see the results and feel accomplished.

o Schedule one week at a time. It’s not what you do in a day, but over the course of a week that counts. (As with diet, what you eat over time is what matters.) It is very important for moms to remember this. There may be days when you are so busy with mom-related tasks that you don’t have time to work on your business. Let go of the guilt. It’s just one day. Don’t lose focus on your priorities for the week. Return to a place of consistency and remember the diet analog.

o Work in periods of time to be more efficient. I personally color-code my calendar into little blocks of time for all the different activities, from personal to professional to kid-related. The small pieces allow me to stay focused. If you easily get off track, use an egg timer! For example, block “time to make calls” or “pay bills” or “diary” or “manage housework”.

o Begin each day with a few journal moments about what you intend to bring into your life that day. Imagine what you want to create. Visualize your success. And, write it down.

o Commit to your office hours and stick to them. At the appointed time, close your office door and turn off your computer so you don’t get distracted by checking “one more email.” Allow yourself to enjoy the other activities in your life.

o When performing any task, ask yourself “Is this getting me closer to one of my priorities?” Create your “non-negotiables” list and stick to it. This list can include personal, professional, and mom-related items. For example, if you don’t want to give up watching her son’s soccer game, schedule the time in her calendar and follow through on this commitment as if it were a business meeting.

o Build in personal connection time each day. It’s easy to hide behind email. Make sure you spend enough time actually connecting with a live person, over the phone or in person. That is what will really add richness to your life, make your business much more fun, and ultimately much more successful.

o Have a support system you can count on. If you have a partner, be sure to use them as a sounding board, or seek out a friend, mentor, or coach when you need guidance.

Following these tips will help you stay on track so you use your limited time wisely. Remember that the best part of running your own work from home business is that YOU create the rules that work best for YOU. So use fall as a time to refocus and prioritize.

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