Pardon the rant (and if you aren’t fond of rants, don’t read any further).
Your kids are NOT your excuse for letting email pile up in your inbox, ignoring the telephone when it rings, or skipping out of a VIP meeting half way through.
I know you don’t mean it the way it sounds (and we all do it out of habit when we feel guilty for not getting stuff done). “Gosh, I didn’t get that post written because my 3-year-old was up all night with a fever.” You mean it as an explanation – perhaps a throw back to your days in corporate when your boss raised his eyebrows every time you arrived late and left early for family responsibilities.
Your kids are your reason: no excuses needed…
That email piled up while you were enjoying a much-needed holiday with your family, that telephone call came during afternoon story time and that very-important meeting just wasn’t as important as the call from the school telling you your 7-year-old fell during recess and hurt (and possibly broke) his wrist.
Stop blaming them for what you don’t get done – even if it’s only in words. Your kids aren’t an excuse; they are your reason. You started a work-at-home business BECAUSE you wanted to be there for them. The problem isn’t them. The problem is your business (or how it is designed and managed on a day-to-day basis).
5 no excuses needed ways to design your work-at-home business around your kids
‘Balancing’ building a work-from-home business around your family is a challenge every mom entrepreneur faces. Don’t blame the kids, blame the business model and instead try these 5 no excuses needed ways to work around your kids:
#1: Manage expectations – By setting realistic goals for yourself and communicating what can be done and by when to your clients. Don’t forget to build in a bit of extra contingency time for those days when you need to drop everything for your kids.
#2: Back-up plan – Follow the Boy Scout rule: Always be prepared. Plan for childcare that doesn’t show up, sick kids or the sudden need to play hooky with a special little person who needs your attention. That means entering in as many details as possible in your calendar so you or an assistant can quickly clear your calendar in case of emergency.
#3: Get help – Hire an assistant to manage the day-to-day business tasks while you focus on growing the business or find a business partner who shares your vision.
#4: Define clear boundaries – Yes working from home means you can effortlessly move from family tasks to business tasks and back again in a matter of seconds (and that’s often the only way everything gets done), but it’s important to designate clear boundaries. Set daily office hours where you focus on work and turn it off during family time.
#5: Simplify and automate – Start by simplifying everything you do on a daily basis – eliminate steps, cut out the complication and go for radically simple, then tap into technology to handle what can’t be simplified.
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