The life of a mumpreneur is certainly never dull and rarely quiet. This hectic lifestyle can be exciting, exhilarating, extremely rewarding and utterly exhausting all at the same time! Mostly we just about manage juggling everything but there are times when we push ourselves too far and risk dropping all the balls; this is business burn out.
What use are we as a mother, a business owner, a wife, daughter, sister, friend then? What use are we to anyone if we have reached the end of our tether and just can’t function like a human anymore?
In this post I will share with you my top 5 tips to avoid business burn out as a mumpreneur and stay in control.
1. Get your systems in order
Being disorganised is linked to feelings of confusion and overwhelm. One of the first steps to taking back control is to organise yourself. This means your desk, your diary, your paperwork and even the files on your computer. It also helps to take this approach with other parts of your life outside of business including your wardrobe, the kid’s toys or the kitchen cupboards.
The catch is this means taking time out of your day to day business and this is what prevents many business owners taking this proactive step. We worry that if we stop for just a moment, we step out of the race and we somehow loose. The truth is that at times, stopping is the most powerful, productive step we can take.
Stopping to organise yourself will give you the chance to take stock of where you are and where you are going, to organise your systems and make them more efficient. It might take you a day to organise your desk but it could save you endless hours looking for things in the long run.
If organising everything in one go is too much just tackle one thing a week. As you make progress you will feel more in control and motivated to organise other areas of your life.
2. Block out time for you
Look in your diary; between work commitments and activities with the kids, find time for you. Physically block this time out and do not allow other appointments to be booked at the same time.
Use this time to connect with yourself; take a bath, do some yoga, take a walk, meditate. Do whatever feels good and ideally do it alone. Although meeting with friends and spending time with family is a very positive thing, you need time with just your own thoughts too. Allowing time and space to just be, is proven to be good for the brain, when we are around other people we might be trying to solve their problems or adjust our behaviour to meet their needs, when you are on your own, you have no one to impress but yourself.
The bonus of this alone time is that people often find their most inspired business ideas come to them in solitude; they simply gave themselves the opportunity to listen to their thoughts, the results of which can be magic.
You may have an absolutely huge to do list and if you’re anything like me, you will never get to the bottom of it. Think carefully at the beginning of each day; what are the three most important things that need to be done by sundown? Prioritise these and then anything else that is achieved is a bonus.
We all know how some days simply don’t go to plan, it might be the husband, the children or a client, but we can find ourselves tackling tasks we never considered necessary at the beginning of the day. This is why the prioritising is important; no matter what happens you can surely complete three tasks; this will stop you feeling like a failure when you don’t tick everything off.
4. Be assertive
Saying no is difficult as a business owner; the fear is that if we turn down work then we lose customers and our business completely fails. The reality is though that if we take on too much we are not able to complete the work to the best of our abilities. The result will be dissatisfied customers which is far more dangerous for our business than politely turning down work.
Know how much work you can genuinely handle and if your work load is getting too much simply communicate with any new customers that you are fully booked for x amount of time. Be clear when you will be available and be flexible in your approach offering them space when your diary is clearer.
If you communicate well and they are willing to wait for your services then fabulous, but if they go elsewhere, don’t worry about it. Saying no (nicely) gives you the time and space to look after your current customers, your family and yourself to the high standard you all deserve.
If you feel like you are swimming upstream trying to tackle a side of your business that doesn’t bring you joy, you will probably waste hours and not get anywhere fast. There is a myth with outsourcing that it’s expensive but if you consider the time you save going around in circles and the speed in which an expert can do the same thing, it is actually a cost effective way of spending money. You could be using your time much more effectively and physically growing your business as a result.
This might include content writing, social media or, your tax return or your accounts. Recognise what doesn’t excite you and find the right man (or lady) for the job.
Here at Mums Tax Break, we specialise in keeping your accounts well organised, balanced and up to date. If this is an area of your business that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and on the verge of burn out – get in touch for a free consultation, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org