Want to Work Less? - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How to Work Less as a Mompreneur

Are you looking to work less? Um, yes please!

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I am doing a bit of practicing what I preach and scaling back my workload this month. And how do I know that my business won’t completely disappear? Or you won’t forget my podcast for the next 4 weeks? Because I have made a practice of analyzing my numbers on a regular basis so I can lean into my priorities and work less.

And if “analyze” sounds complicated or scary to you, we can call it knowing your numbers. Or charting your numbers. Or tracking your followers…tracking of course meaning how they are responding to you and not like they are a wild turkey. 🦃

Knowing your numbers helps you to see patterns and growth. It helps you identify where to lean in. And where you can let go. It helps you develop content your community will respond to based on what they’ve already told you they like. And all of this helps you work less by working productively.

If you can take some time on a regular basis to chart all the measurable numbers in your business, you too will start to see patterns. And these patterns are what will help you focus your efforts and show up where your customers are delivering what they want from you.

How Can Tracking Help Me Work Less?

It’s very easy to think “I just don’t have time to look back, I want to keep moving forward.” Trust me, I’ve been there. But all the hustle in the world doesn’t mean you’re connecting with potential clients. A viral Instagram post won’t necessarily translate to dollar signs. Burning yourself out doing all the things in all the places won’t grow that “know, like, and trust” factor with the people you want to work with.

As we head into the busy holiday season and the start of 2021, you might feel overwhelmed by trying to plan what the future of your business looks like. Or you might be thinking “screw it, it’s the holidays, I’ll worry about my business in January.” It can be very stressful when you find your brain in so many places at one time.

But when you can start the practice of knowing your numbers, you can see the places to scale back when your mom life gets busy, like during the holiday season. And when you start to plan for January and quarter 1, you can create content and promotions for your ideal audience based on what they’ve told you they want in the places where they want to hear from you.

Knowing your numbers can also help you create content when your exhausted mom brain just doesn’t know what to say any more. You have a list of what your audience liked in the past…all you have to do is figure out a new way to present it. Or drill down deeper into the topic they’ve told you they want to hear about.

And finally, knowing your numbers helps you stay present with your family. Hear me out…the numbers tell you where to be and what to present, from content to products. They also tell you what is most important…your priorities, if you will. Once you know those priority tasks on a daily or weekly basis, you can schedule a time to complete those, knowing the truly urgent and important tasks will be done. Leaving you plenty of time for family game nights, holiday lights, or caring for sick children. Because, tis the season, unfortunately.

Start Knowing Your Number to Work Less

Creating a way to track your numbers is easier than you might think. Of course, you can make it more complicated if you want. but honestly, a basic Excel spreadsheet works.

To start, in the first column, list all the places you show up for marketing. Be sure to include social media platforms, email opt-ins, blog posts, and website statistics. Next, create columns for each month by name or week by date.

If you are just starting out, tracking monthly may give you enough data so you know where to lean in. If you want to dive into weekly recording, be my guest. What’s most important is that you are consistent so you can see the patterns. Where are your followers connecting with your content? Which items have the most purchases or views in your store? What do your potential customers respond to when it comes to social media posts? This is part 2 of my know your numbers process.

It’s not just the numbers of followers, email subscribers, or sales but also the types of content your community responds to. Are there certain angles of your product pictures that received more likes on Instagram? Is there a certain opt-in that resonates more with your potential clients? How are your website visitors finding you? And which sites refer the most viewers?

All these data points from where you are growing to what your audience is responding to helps to inform what you do going forward. Does your audience love when you post quotes? Incorporate more of them into your feed. Do they like a particular style or color of shirt in your boutique? Search out additional items based on what they like. If you are spending tons of time creating content for Facebook but it isn’t referring any traffic to your website, lean into Pinterest more because customers are actually finding you there. You don’t have to be all the places. And you don’t have to constantly recreate the wheel.

Your numbers tell a story. As a result, that story can help you scale back or ramp up. And giving your audience more of what they want where they want it is only going to improve your reach and, in turn, your bottom line.

As we start this final month of 2020, I encourage you to take a little time to look back as you move forward. Create a list of where you show up and how many people engaged with you on that platform or in that space during the previous month.Next, look at what your community responds to…which posts, which products, what platforms lead someone from your community into potential client territory. And finally, as you start to plan for 2021, use the information you find from your monthly review of your numbers to create content and products based on what your audience already wants from you.

In conclusion, my mom entrepreneur friends, that is how you use the power of your numbers to minimize tasks. How you eliminate extra steps. How you use your time wisely and more effectively to complete tasks quicker. And spend more time with your family during the holidays or at any time of the year.


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Abundance Mindset - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How Your Abundance Mindset Develops a Successful Life

What exactly do you mean by “abundance mindset”?

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Yesterday we talked about the importance of creating a gratitude practice and how it can influence our physical and mental health. Today we are going to expand on the idea of how our we influence our thoughts and how that can influence our success. In other words, let’s talk about abundance mindset versus scarcity.

And let’s be real…there is a lot of scarcity around us right now. We may not be able to do things we want to do. Or see the people we want to see. We may not be as successful as we thought we would be in 2020 or we might have even given up on the idea of our business because of outside forces. But you need to kick that scarcity mindset to the curb because all that “I can’t” talk is holding you back way more than any actual physical or economic barriers. Where there is a will and a positive abundant mindset, there is a way.

Can you commit to a regular gratitude practice? Get super clear on your goals and what it will take to achieve them? Focus on your strengths, how you can use them and put energy into developing them more while surrounding yourself with a super supportive community? Then you to are on a path to developing an abundance mindset.

You may be thinking “but output and effort increase results, right?” And that is what we’ve been taught for years. But a major component that we just started including is how our mind and our thoughts affect our outcomes too. How can we pre-plan for positive pro-active action versus negative reactive over-reaction? Is it possible to embrace and adapt to change versus continuing to put effort into the same tactics we’ve been using with lessening results? Can we use another mom’s success to signal we too can juggle work-home-and family versus festering in jealousy and resentment?

And you may be thinking “Yeah, Christy. All that woo-woo stuff isn’t for me. Or I barely have time to get my actual work done how can I possibly include all this mindset mumbo jumbo too?

What if I told you that leaning into and developing your strengths means you get more done in less time? That clear goal-setting streamlines your to-do list. The gratitude helps you appreciate all you have while inviting even more. And that community you will find can save you time and money not to mention provide you with support.

You can show up during your “work hours” excited about the work you’ll do and the impact you’ll make. Your attitude will invite others into community who want to know how you do it or how you can help them. You’ll feel more accomplished and you’ll start to see your efforts working.

And when you have a positive impact on other’s, they love to tell their friends. When you feel grateful and fulfilled in your work, you’ll show up happier for your family, for your employees, and for yourself.

Shifts to Make for an Abundance Mindset

Ready to make an impact, show up happier, reach your goals, and open yourself up to a more abundant life? Here are 3 shifts you can make starting today to start thinking more abundantly:

  1. Think “How will I” versus “I can’t”. For instance, how will I show up for my community versus I can’t make money because there is a pandemic. Remember positive and pro-active “how will I” or “how can I” versus “I can’t do things the way that I want or the way I think they should be so I won’t do anything at all.” This can even work with your family in terms of “I can’t take a vacation so our Christmas break is ruined” versus “how will I make Christmas special and memorable even without our annual ski trip.” Use an abundance of creativity to problem solve versus wallowing in a vat of scarcity.
  2. Next, choose to focus on the positive. We can all fall into the trap of focusing on what needs to be fixed. We need to lose weight, we need to make more money, we need to stop working so much. But what if instead we leaned into the positive, let that carry us more, and see if those negative attributes take care of themselves (hint, they often do). For example, instead of “My IG following isn’t growing at all, I hate editing pictures. I might as well give up” you could try “I’m really great on video. Maybe I could learn more about how to use IGTV or IG stories to grow my community rather than staying frustrated trying to edit pictures.” As Marie Forleo says “Everything is figureoutable.” And I can guarantee you, those successful business owners and mom’s that you don’t know how they do it…they are leaning into their strengths rather than focusing on their negatives, embracing change rather than fearing it, and constantly learning & adapting versus thinking they know it all.
  3. And finally, stop using failure or lack of perceived success as your excuse. Yes, this year has been a doozy for business owners. Absolutely, we are in uncertain times. Of course, things may not go to plan. But what have you learned? How can you grow? You could spend time and energy whining about what could have been. Or you can take the opportunity to learn how you can serve your community. To create something unique to the times. To become a beacon of positivity and resilience. And when things turn around, who do you think is better prepared to exploded…the wallflower or the person who kept working towards their goals, kept showing up for their community, and kept working when times weren’t so great.

Where Do I Start?

I have 3 small action steps for you today to start you on your path to a more abundant mindset.

  • First, write down something you’ve told yourself you can’t do or you won’t do. Now change it to a “how will I “ question. Instead of “I can’t grow my business during a pandemic” say “how will I grow my business during a pandemic.” Then start to brainstorm ideas.
  • Next, what is a negative statement you find yourself saying. Write it down then flip the script by leaning into something positive you have that can solve that problem or replace it with. Instead of “My family never lets me do anything by myself” becomes “I’m really good at arranging playdates for my kids. I’m going to see if this other mom wants to trade off one a week so we can each have a little self-care time.”
  • And finally, write down a goal you made for 2020 that you have not yet reached. Then write the steps you have taken towards it already and celebrate those. Then brainstorm the steps you need to take to reach it by the end of the year. Get those tasks onto your to-do list. I can 100% guarantee that pandemic or not, you will not reach your goal if you don’t try. So what’s the harm in trying and believing?

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Leah Ellis – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet Financial Coach Leah Ellis…

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My next guest on “5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur is mom to 2 and financial coach Leah Ellis of Endeavor Financial Coaching. Leah pivoted from an in-home daycare to finance coach when Covid hit. She and her husband used their own financial journey as the inspiration to help other families pay off debt and live with financial freedom.

Mom and money teacher by day and financial coach by night, Leah Ellis is all-in to help eliminate money stress in America’s families. Her money management classes for kids and teens help the next generation learn how to plan for the future and avoid debt. Through Endeavor Financial Coaching, she is dedicated to helping millennials break the paycheck to paycheck cycle and reach their money goals. No matter your age or financial situation, Leah is ready to help you create a plan to take control of your money. Find her online for students here or for adults students here.

You can listen to my chat with Leah at the link above. Or read a summary and connect with her below.

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1. What do you do in your business and why did you choose it?


We help broke people break the paycheck to paycheck cycle and reach their money goals. Our clients learn how to handle money in order to build long term wealth. I chose to become a financial coach because we were living paycheck to paycheck. When we realized that it was possible to reach our goals, we wanted to share that knowledge with others.

2. What is your greatest strength when it comes to running your business?

I am good at creating a plan and executing it without too much procrastination.

3. What is the area entrepreneurship where you could grow the most?


I am terrible at marketing, and sometimes let my business take over my personal life.

4. If you were to start your business over today, what piece of advice or lesson learned would you emphasize to yourself?


Don’t expect the clients to start rolling in the first time you send out an offer. Give yourself time and grace.

5. What is your best advice for balancing business and home life or creating intentional family time?

Add family time to your schedule. It isn’t something you will get to when work is done, it is the most important work you will do. Add one thing every day that you can do as a family or one-on-one with a child. Even if it only takes 30 minutes, it will help your children feel loved, appreciated, and safe.

Where can we find you online and on social media?

Website

Facebook


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Wake Up Earlier - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How to Wake Up Earlier as a Mompreneur

When you say “wake up earlier”, how early are we talking???

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Let’s talk how to wake up earlier. Like 5 am earlier. Maybe even earlier (I’m toying with 4 am when homeschooling starts 😳🤪) I’m not gonna lie, starting an early morning routine can feel daunting. Especially if you don’t feel like you’re a “morning person”. But hopefully the strategies I share that have worked for many morning routine advocates can help you wake up earlier too.

Today’s tips help you ease into a morning routine…Even if you don’t feel like you could possibly wake up any earlier. And, dare I say, even make it that you find waking up earlier enjoyable. Yep, I said it.

Can commit to slow and steady progress in creating your routine? Then you will find the habit easier to maintain. And you will notice the results and benefits of your morning routine. Because you are taking time to focus on the subtle changes rather than a broad sweeping overhaul.

Because I definitely do not recommend diving headfirst into a 5am morning routine. Unless you are already waking up fairly early. It’s like when you start a diet and you’re like “I’m not going to eat sugar or caffeine or carbs starting tomorrow”. Too much change is hard to maintain and can cause additional stress. And we’re trying to relieve stress with this routine. My tips today will ease you into this new found routine.

You still might think “I could never be a morning person”. Or “I would just hit snooze until I wake up at my normal time. And trust me, I get it. I argued with my coach when she first suggested it to me as a way to get my work done while my kids were around.

But creating and committing to an early morning routine has given me exactly what she promised…more time to work on focused projects to move my business forward. More time for self-care. And more time with my family where I’m actually present. Rather than thinking about what I’ll work on after they go to bed.

On a daily basis, you can start your day with something that fills your cup…whether figuratively like reading a book you love or exercising. Or literally like drinking a cup of coffee in quiet while reading the newspaper or just sitting.

And your family will notice and appreciate your presence. You will show them being your own boss doesn’t mean you have to work all the time. You can turn off and tune in when it’s family time.

My 6 Strategies to Wake Up Earlier

Have I convinced you to give an early morning routine a go? Are you still on the fence or wondering how you’ll drag your tired mom bod out of bed? Well, here are my six strategies to get your out of bed in the morning…So you can create a consistent morning routine you love.

  1. First, start slow. Too much too soon will be hard to maintain when it comes to any new habit. Start with 15-30 minutes earlier. Then when that feel normal or easier, back it up a little more. It took me around 6 months to go from waking with my kids at 730am to waking at 530am
  2. Next figure out an alarm style that will wake you up, but not ruin your morning. You might want to try the clocks that slowly make the room brighter or waking to music. Or one of my favorite ideas I heard is a man who wanted to kick his snooze habit. So he recorded himself asking his dog if it wanted to take a walk and used it as an alarm. If you have a dog, you know there is no hitting the snooze on walkies. Google ideas or search around on Amazon to find an alarm style that appeals to you.
  3. Another way to help you get up and at ‘em earlier is to set your morning up the night before. Prep something you’ll love to eat for breakfast. Know exactly what you’ll do or work on to cut down on the decision fatigue…because who wants to wake up and immediately start making decisions about what to do.
  4. Next, try to incorporate some way of moving your body and waking your brain. It could be something like placing the alarm clock you choose across the room to force you out of bed. You might want to write morning pages or affirmations to get your focus juices flowing. Do something to help your body and mind ease into the work you will do. Rather than rolling right out of bed onto your laptop
  5. And waking your mind and moving your body can couple with my next strategy…Do something you love. It’s so much easier to wake up if you do something you look forward to rather than something you dread. Yoga, meditation, reading, jogging, dishes…because maybe you really like dishes? 🤷‍♀️ Anything that may motivate you to get out of bed because of the pleasure you derive from doing it…Do that thing as part of your morning routine.
  6. And finally, if you are struggling but really feel like you want to create a solid morning routine, find accountability. Maybe you wake and take a walk with a friend…that’s creating a plan, accountability, moving your body and doing something you love all rolled into one! Maybe you can work with your spouse or a co-worker. Or hire a coach who will do early morning check-ins to make sure you’re up. If it is important but you feel like you need extra help…find some accountability.

Ready to start working on your early morning routine? Write down your plan. Include what time you’ll wake up, what sort of alarm you’ll use, and what activity you love you’ll incorporate. Feel free to drop any questions or success stories in the comments below.


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How Eating the Frog Helps You Get More Done

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What in the world is eating the frog?!? 🐸🐸🐸

And how can it possibly help me get more done???

Let’s finish up our week of tips for balancing work at home with homeschool with a little talk about priorities. Eating the frog kind of priorities. Yes, eating a frog. And no, I haven’t completely lost my mind. <Ribbit>

The term “eat the frog” comes from the quote…

“If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”

Mark Twain

I can’t imagine there’s a lot of you who would enjoy eating a frog. And if you do, I’m not judging. But if your job depends on you doing something that you aren’t very motivated to do but needs doing (because it means you’ll make more money, get more clients, or serve your community)…do that thing first. And this same logic can apply to those homeschool assignments that your kids may not be so excited to do.

Eating the frog ensures you get the tasks you NEED to do but don’t WANT to do done. And off your to-do list. No more spinning your wheels doing things for your business that won’t actually move you forward. No more kids realizing at 9pm they have a report due tomorrow but they put it off all day. Eat the frog. Then move on to the tasks you’ll enjoy doing. Usually with a clearer mind and the satisfaction in knowing you got the task you’ve been dreading finished.

You succeed at eating the frog when you’re aware of what needs finished. By knowing your priority tasks. And dedicating yourself to completing those tasks first.

Need tips on figuring out those priority tasks? Click here to check out last week’s episode about TRIM-ing your to-do list.

Often, we are really good at making a to-do list. But then focus on what we want to do. Or what would be the most fun. Or what would be the least work. Taking the extra step to identify your priority task, even if it isn’t your favorite thing to do, ensures the most important tasks are completed to move your business forward. Or that your child’s important assignment is complete.

So if you ever catch yourself wondering why you feel like you work all the time but aren’t seeing results…it may be time to eat the frog. Does your kid always tells you about a big report or assignment at the last minute? It might be time for them to eat the frog.

Complete your urgent and important tasks first to help clear up time and brain space for the things you like to do. Or want to do. You’ll feel less stressed and make more money because you are focusing first on the tasks that will generate revenue. Or grow your community. For your kids, they will learn to get the tasks they hate to do out of the way. And learning to create a prioritized list of tasks is a life skill that benefits them when mom isn’t around. You know, to make sure they get those frogs eaten in college and beyond.

And when you focus on eating the frog, you’ll feel less stressed looking at your to-do list. Imagine a list of 7 tasks, 3 of which you are dreading to do. If you knock those 3 out first, the other 4 tasks will be much easier for you to tackle. You’ll feel more motivated to finish your list rather than letting those tasks you’re dreading hang out until tomorrow.

And when those important tasks we need to do for our work or school life are done clients are happier. Teachers are happier. Our bank accounts are happier. And really the family, in general, is happier.

So as you sit down to create your list of to-do’s, whether it is a daily list, a weekly list. Whether the list is for your business, your child’s school, or just a list of chores around the house…figure out which tasks are your frogs. The tasks you must do for your job in order to generate more revenue. Or serve your clients in an immediate way. The assignments that will have the greatest impact on your child’s grades or education. The household tasks that you’ve been avoiding but are necessary and important. Find your frog and eat it first thing. You’ll be happy you did. And if it’s hard to swallow, ketchup makes nearly everything better.

Your eating the frog action step is to pick that one urgent and important task from your to-do list that you dread doing. And do it first. Make a conscious effort when you look at your list to identify any resistance around those urgent and important tasks. And that same applies as you create a daily list with your kids…encourage them to complete work for the subjects the like least out of the way first. Then they can focus that waning, late day energy on things they prefer. I’d love to hear what frogs you’re eating. Drop me a comment below to let me know what’s on your list.


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Organize Your Workspace for Work & Homeschool - Business Savvy Mama

How to Organize Your Workspace for Work and Homeschool

What do organizing your workspace and productivity have in common?

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Let’s continue the theme of making your work and homeschool life easier with tips for organizing your workspace. Organizing creates an environment that fosters focus. It minimizes distractions. It also helps keep mom work or school work from spilling from room to room. And prevents lost homework, lost Chromebooks, lost workbooks, lost reading books, etc.

Want to see massive results in focus and productivity? Commit to creating a specific workspace. And maintain the space by putting things away in their place so you can find them when you need them. It’s literally as easy as a 10 minute clean up at the end of your school or workday. You start the following day with a clear space. Plus you have the items you need when you need them…Because an organized workspace means less time looking for lost things.

The Practice of Organizing Your Workspace

So many people see organizing their desk as a one and done task. They do it monthly or seasonally or perhaps when the space becomes unbearable. I’m suggesting that you work the practice of maintaining your space into your daily work or school routine.

And you may be thinking “at the end of the day I just want to be done”. Or there’s no way I can get my kid to clean up when they are done, they just want out. But the long term benefits to maintaining your workspace include getting work done quicker, working more focused, and actually spending less time “working” because you have what you need when you need it and aren’t getting up to look for it.

And let’s be real…how many of us enjoy saying “do you know where your folder with you work is”. Or “where is my laptop? I have Zoom call”. Knowing where to find the supplies we need makes working from home, whatever that work is, so much easier.

And I’m sure your family will gladly spend a few extra minutes putting things away at the end of work session if they can avoid crazy mommy time. My kids will literally do anything to prevent crazy mommy time.

Have I convinced you? Do you agree that taking the time to organize a specific workspace is beneficial for you? Your family? And your neighbors who may hear you losing your mind? Here are my steps create and keep a workspace organized.

Start Organizing Your Workspace

First, collect all the items you might need for work or school in one space. Depending on your curriculum or your work, there is a list of frequently used items you will need. Make a list of those items then start to collect them in one place.

And don’t think “I don’t have a home office so I can’t create a workspace”. Or “we have 3 kids and only one office to share so we can’t create dedicated spaces”. Sure, you may not be able to have one desk per child. But each kid can have a bin or basket to hold the supplies they need in one place. And the same applies to mom.

Organizing your workspace is especially important if you share a workspace. It makes it easier to keep track of whose work is whose. When you keep a list of frequently used items in your space, you can see what supplies need refilling. And it makes it easy to make your workspace mobile if you need family members working in different rooms.

Maintaining Your Organized Workspace

Next, make a habit of putting those supplies away in their home after your work sessions. Maintenance is a far too often overlooked step in organizing processes. And spending a few minutes returning items to their homes can save you many minutes, even hours, looking for office supplies and lost homework.

My challenge to you today is to make a list of everything you need in a typical workday. Or everything your child would need in a school day. Bonus points if you go ahead and collect all those items in one space. And bonus bonus points if you assign them a home in your home. 🤣

Got questions about organizing your space? What to put your supplies in? How to get in the maintenance habit? Let me know in the comments below…


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How to Balance Homeschool and Work Like a Mom Boss

Looking to balance homeschool and work from home?

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This week, I want to give you strategies to balance work from home and homeschool for all those mamas out there who might be gearing up to homeschool or distance learning.

Today we are going to talk about what you need to be doing NOW to get your routine in place to work from home and homeschool. And from what I see around social media, there are LOTS of moms out there who will need to balance this is some way, shape or form. It could mean full-time homeschool. Or maybe in class part-time. And possibly preparing in case your kids are heading back but there is that chance that they may be home for school at some point. My tips today will help you create a structure and routine so everyone knows expectations, what needs done when, and that everyone in the family has what they need to get their work done…whether that work is school work or mom work.

Want to know what will make you most successful when it comes to the balancing act? Taking time now to pre-plan by creating structure and getting very clear on what your work and home priorities. Winging it does not work for running a business. It often does not work for family life. And based on what I read in many Facebook groups, winging it while homeschooling and trying to run a business or work from home does not work either.

The steps we are going to talk about today may be different from what you tried in the Spring because now we have some time to plan. At least we know what is coming or have an idea of what to expect. We can start to create a structure for our success. We know what worked or did not work in the past. And we can add or subtract or change where necessary.

Can I Balance Homeschool and Work?

I know there may be mamas out there feeling anxiety over what the school year will look like. Maybe you felt overwhelmed in the Spring. Maybe you feel like your kids will fall behind and that you will be blamed for their loss of education. There is understandably a lot of fear around being responsible for the education for your kids. You might also be stressed because there are literally not enough hours in the day to do everything. Like the only thing that can make this situation any better would be a cloning machine…or a fast forward button.

But implementing the steps we are talking about today you can feel confident in your efforts. You will know when your kids will be working, when you are working, and what the expectations for your family. And you can actually feel accomplished in your day because you focus your time on completing your priority tasks.

And having a daily schedule will help everyone in your house to know the expectations. As I’ve said before and I’ll say again…kids thrive on structure and routine. Clearly defining expectations helps diffuse arguments and helps everyone complete their work.

And when there is less confusion, frustration, yelling, or questions, the family will feel more calm. And they will get more done. There are clear and stated expectations for every day. And when those tasks are completed, you’re free to do whatever socially distanced, family activities you want. Right?

So what exactly is this framework or structure I’m talking about? Well, here are the 4 pillars I use to complete my work while balancing school.

Create a Clearly Defined Daily Schedule

First, I create a clearly defined daily schedule. I know what I am doing when. And my kids know their schedule too. I know I wake up at 5 am and I will be working on XYZ until they wake. They know at breakfast we will go over their assignment for the day. We talk about what is due today. And what we can move until later in the week if we don’t get it done.

I also make sure I set reminders on my phone for Zoom calls or important project due dates. You also do this on a written calendar. But it’s just easy for me to tell my digital assistant to add a reminder or task to my calendar.

One final note when it comes to a daily schedule…I found it helpful to write down the assignments that were due each day. Kind of like what I would do for my daily to-do list. I would check the apps our teachers used when we were eating breakfast to create our daily workflow. And to make your school day planning easier, I’ve created a link to a customizable worksheet on Canva. This is like the one I use so you can implement a similar plan and structure. I’ve made it so you can customize it with your kid’s names and subjects. Print it out daily. Or you can do like I did and laminate it so you can reuse the same copy.

Grab your free School Day Template to help create your daily routine by clicking here.

Start Practicing Your Routine Now

Speaking of implementing a plan and routine, my second pillar is to start practicing your new schedule now. Summer may have lead to later evenings, later mornings, and a willy nilly meal schedule. But think about how schools run their day…there is a clear pattern of events. A bell rings. You have announcements. You eat your lunch at a certain time. Have recess at a certain time. By a few weeks in, even the youngest kids know the flow of the day and expectations.

That is why it is so key for you to start to work on your “school day” schedule. Start waking at regular times. eating at regular times. Maybe even include some reading or learning to wake those brain muscles back up if they’ve also been on break. And to be clear, I am not suggesting a super rigid schedule down to the minute…unless of course that is what works best for your family. Create a simple schedule now like: wake at 8 am. Eat breakfast until 9 am. Read between 9 and 10. Do some sort of physical activity from 10-11…Work a structure back in place to help you succeed when actual assignments start coming in from your school.

Know Your Priorities

My third pillar is priorities…for both your work and your kids’ schoolwork, it is vital that you know what is due when. You have to know what MUST be done first. This way you aren’t struggling to file a report while your kid is struggling to write a report.

Knowing due dates, getting them on your schedule, making time to focus on them will help knock those important to-do’s off your list. You may even be able to bring in help or enlist a spouse or older child. For instance, if you have an urgent project that needs completing at the same time your kid will need help. This is why you need to know when those priorities are due. Remember proper preparation prevents poor performance. Know your priorities, get them on the schedule, and get help when things feel overwhelming.

Give Yourself Grace

Finally, you need to give yourself some grace. Actually, a lot of grace. Many of us tackling homeschool or distance learning didn’t expect to be teachers. Obviously there are going to be days when school or work is easier than others. As evidenced by the multitude of social media posts I saw last Spring, many of you worried not only about the education of your child, but about your relationship with you children…which in many cases never included teaching math or science. Do your best…make a structure, stick to a routine, know your expectations, clarify the expectations for your kids, and complete priority tasks.

Take some time today to map out what your day might look like once school starts…If it hasn’t started already. Create a loose schedule. Talk to your kids about what it will look like. Talk to them about your needs to work from home and what you expect of them. And as soon as you can, start implementing a framework. Include wake up time, meal times, and of course, play times. And don’t forget to grab my free download to help you organize your daily assignments. You can grab that by clicking here.

Got a great tip to share how you balance homeschool and work? Please share in the comments below. 👇👇👇


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