No one battles unproductivity better than mumpreneurs!
Their constant need to do everything for everyone but ourselves is why most mothers complain about never being able to complete tasks and ultimately achieve their goals. This is why you hear mothers say things like “there’s always so much to do but so little time.”
Successful women like Katy Garner and Peace Mitchell, co-founders of AusMumpreneur, and Liz Atkinson, Founder of Zest Possibilities and many other supermums have also struggled with finding the perfect work-life balance. Thankfully, they figured it out, so you no longer have to struggle.
Here are eight proven tips to help you be more productive and blossom into a supermum!
Proactivity is the first and most crucial habit listed by Stephen Covey in the book Seven habits of highly effective people. Proactivity involves taking complete control of your mind and emotions.
This means that instead of being sad and blaming others when bad things happen, you take time to think about it, give proper meaning to it, learn a lesson and keep moving.
A proactive mom shapes her thoughts to believing that she no matter how many times life tries to screw her over, she’s going to win at motherhood, business, and life.
Investing time into learning to be proactive and shaping your mind is essential for maintaining a productive lifestyle.
Set clear and achievable goals
If you’re going to win at motherhood, business, and life, you have to cultivate the habit of goal setting. Setting goals helps define the exact actions you need to perform to get work done. Here’s how;
- Define your starting point, midpoint, and endpoint.
- Evaluate where you are and decide where you want to be.
- Ensure your goals are S.M.A.R.T, i.e. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound.
- Write them down, preferably on a white board or sticky notes.
- Get to work!
Research consistently shows that multitasking isn’t as helpful as we might think.
As mothers, we are used to meeting everyone’s needs and even worse, doing it all at the same time. Becoming a successful mumpreneur is going to require taking out time to focus on yourself and your goals. Here’s how to battle multitasking;
- Schedule a time for distractions. Working from home with your kids around is going to require you checking on them in between tasks, and that’s okay. You have to keep multitasking to the barest minimum.
- Eliminate outside distractions. The easiest way to do this is to turn off your notifications to help you focus. Also, try listening to music with your headphones.
- Prioritize your tasks.
- Be mindful. Staying mindful of a task means redirecting your attention back to your primary priority when distractions arrive.
- Complete each task before moving on. Don’t hop from task to task, take one responsibility at a time.
- Strengthen your focus for mentally challenging tasks. Oprah.com says that scheduling a small amount of time to deal with an intellectually challenging task helps to achieve this.
Get help with the kids
Even Parents.com recommends getting quality child care to aid work-life balance for moms. Support can come in different ways.
You can get help from relatives, as well as hire a babysitter or a nanny.
Hiring a caregiver can take a lot off your plate if done the right way.
Sharon Tepper, the president of recommends hiring nannies with a history of long-term commitment to families. This shows they have an excellent experience with caring for kids of various age groups.
Get help for yourself
Yes, you’re a super mom, but even Batman needs Robin.
To achieve primary life goals, you need to spend the bulk of your time focusing on important tasks. According to inc.com, virtual assistants are the best-kept secret of modern productivity. The best things about virtual assistants are that they;
- Work within your budget
- Can fill up multiple roles
- Help you stay connected with customers
- Bring valuable skillsets to your company
- Allow you to delegate
- Grow with your company.
There are many platforms that connect you with a virtual assistant from around the world.
Eat well, rest and exercise
Eating healthy cannot be overemphasized. Research shows that people who ate less high-fat meals and more fruits and vegetables were happier, more engaged and creative.
Exercise in its many forms is said to boost creative thinking and relieve stress. It also wards off a mental block and distracts you from daily pressure.
Lucky for you, your kids are your ever present and ever ready exercise partners! Take a short break, play with your little ones. And if you can, enjoy a quick nap, you deserve it!
Improve your environment.
This is especially important if you’re working from home.
The calmer your environment, the easier it is to concentrate. Creating a separate space for work, away from all the chaos going on in the house may be what you need to increase your productivity.
Less mess equals more focus, which leads to a more productive lifestyle. Understanding color psychology when painting your office or workspace also helps.
The colors blue and green help rest the eyes, reduce stress and anxiety, and lower blood pressure and heart rate. The colors yellow and orange bring feelings of warmth & happiness.
Know what works for you.
It’s about you! Your productivity. This one fact can change your entire work-life balance. You have to know yourself and what works for you. Find out if you get more work done in the morning, fresh out of bed, or at night.
Although the internet is filled with millions of tips and tricks aimed at helping you be more productive, you’ll never find what works for you if you don’t study yourself.
So, try things out, validate them for yourself and see what works or doesn’t work for you.
“If you want to do something, you will find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse” Famous Author and Entrepreneur, Jim Rohn.
The life of a successful mumpreneur is only a few lifestyle changes away. Decide to be more productive today and start winning at motherhood, business, and life.