Starting and running a business as well as being a mum can be the ultimate juggling act. Being a Mom and running a business is like having two full-time jobs. There are currently more than 9.1 million women-owned businesses in the world and this is a clear indicator that you are not alone. Juggling motherhood and business building (or working from home) can be rewarding and challenging.

Your best bet to pulling through this is to create a work schedule that works and organize your life. Mornings will go a lot smoother when you are organized. For example, lay out your children’s school clothing the night before and pack lunches in advance. Have everything your children need for school by the door, as well as your own essentials (e.g., purse, keys, wallet, and phone).

Create to-do lists for each day of the week and be sure to schedule enough family time so your children and spouse won’t feel left out. Sharing responsibilities with your spouse is another great way to stay organized. One day your spouse might get the children ready for school or prepare dinner and the next day can trade off. Having a great support system will help you go a long way.

The Internet is a fantastic tool for parenting and entrepreneurship, but it can also be a major distraction. Limit as many distractions as possible each day. Avoid multi-tasking and bench those 5-hour Netflix binges to your days off or holidays. Discipline will help you succeed as a mom and in business.

It’s no secret that moms tend to put themselves last on the “people to take care of” list. When you look down at your schedule it may seem laughable to think of carving out time for yourself. But this is an important step.

Take good care of you.

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