Finding balance between your family and your work is the nirvana we all are trying to achieve. Although modern men participate in family errands more than their fathers used to, family businesswomen still need to handle many obligations. Because of that, if you’re planning to become a working mum, it’s imperative to master some hacks for smooth time management. The next four paragraphs will tell you more about it in a casual, yet informative way.
- Split your work day
Naturally, the most productive part of the day is morning. As the day passes by, fatigue accumulates, and we’re not able to perform our tasks the way we could in the morning. Because of that, many working people, including business women with children start their workday at 8 or 9 am.
A rule of thumb is that they finish their work between 4 and 6 pm. However, spending this long, huge shift at work will result in less quality time with your children, especially if they go to school in the afternoon.
What you can do to retain the high level of productivity and spend time with your family is to split your work day. For instance, you can come to work at 8 or 9 am and stay until noon. Then you go home, have lunch with your children and spend some quality time with them.
After that, you go back to the office at, say, 5 or 6 pm and work for another four hours.
By splitting your shift into two parts, you can find a proper balance between your work and life, to become a successful businesswoman and a committed mother.
- Plan the work week ahead
In order to improve your time management, sometimes you’ll have to plan your work schedule a few days in advance. When you get out of the box by stop making daily plans and switch to week plans, you’ll be able to find more time for all your business and personal activities.
What you can do to make this scheme work is spend one or two hours of work on Fridays planning your next work week. Repeat the same action when you come to your office on Monday mornings. That way, you’ll revise and adjust the existing plan from Friday in case you’ve received any new work tasks.
Also, you can adjust your work hours to your family needs. The decision to split your shift is only one option. Think about working from home once in a while, if your baby is still too little to be looked after by babysitters.
Moreover, this planning will help you reduce the number of overtime hours as much as possible. Long work hours affect family life, which is why parents should do their best to improve their time management and keep their families together.
- Take your folks to business trips
When talking about planning in business, it’s clever to mention the potential of business travels. Many businesswomen need to travel to business conferences, trade shows, training sessions, etc. What usually happens is that they leave their children to their partners and undergo serious stress, worrying about their dearest.
But that doesn’t have to be the pattern you follow every time you go away on business. Instead of biting your nails, thinking about your kids at bedtime, you could simply take them with you. The schedule of business events and other occasions is usually known months in advance. So, simply put some money aside, in a special fund for your business travels with your family.
While your company should cover your own costs, you’ll save some assets to cover your family members’ expenses. Taking your family to some of your professional travels will make such business trips more enjoyable for all of you. To top it all off, you’ll also have some shared memories to cherish and share in the future.
- Delegate the errands
You’ll often hear your friends referring to some mums they know as “super mums,” because they manage to cover all the bases of their family and business life. Nevertheless, those I-can-do-it-all-by-myself mums can easily experience a burnout and have serious health issues if they expose their body and mind to too much stress.
To avoid such an outcome, you should delegate some of the errands you have on your agenda. For instance, when you can’t split your shift because of an important business meeting in the office, let your partner pay the bills or make dinner.
Likewise, you should share your chores with your partner and your children. For instance, you can turn it into a game with your kids. That way, the person who first tidies their room will get an ice-cream.
Similarly, apply the same tactic in your office and perform clear task distribution. It will give your employees and colleagues a feeling of higher value. On the other hand, you’ll be able to focus on other business tasks.
The more family and house tasks you delegate, the more time you’ll have to work on your business projects, as well as to go out with your family and friends.
When you harness the time and make it work for you, it’s easier to be a successful family businesswoman. In order to achieve that goal, you need to adjust your work to your family and vice versa, in some situations. Such an approach will help you strengthen the bonds with your family while accomplishing your professional goals. Balanced and well-planned time management will give you strength to be an energetic businesswoman in the office and a caring and gentle mother at home.
About the Author:
Mark is a biz-dev hero at Invoicebus – a simple invoicing service that gets your invoices paid faster. He passionately blogs on topics that help small biz owners succeed in their business. He is also a lifelong learner who practices mindfulness and enjoys long walks in nature more than anything else.