Part 1 of a 3 part series on the challenges of being a Mompreneur & working from home!
Can you really do it all?
…well at least not all at the same time.
Moms are turning to the entrepreneurial adventure to supplement family income, secure financial independence and to support children as a single parent. Self-employment does offer a degree of flexibility, particularly in scheduling. However, if you’re trying to support yourself or your family as an entrepreneur, it’s is not at ticket to easy street.
If you just want to make a few bucks on the side with a direct sales opportunity or work-from-home business, ignore the rest of this series and go for it. If you are serious about your business as a way to provide for your family and you want it to grow, the points we discuss this week will be critical to your success.
One of the key ingredients in Black Belt Mindset is Focus. One of the biggest pitfalls for self-employed Mompreneurs make is a lack of it. The fact is that multi-tasking is an illusion- despite the Mom folklore on the subject, the human mind cannot handle two important tasks at once.
What you can do is shift your focus rapidly from one task to another. This is a learned skill and Moms have a lot of on-the-job training doing it. This is why you can quickly drop everything and respond to the screaming baby’s distress call.
However, it still takes the average person about 20 minutes to get back on task after a distraction. You’ve got to condition yourself to get back on task quickly.
Best is to schedule critical business tasks, including sales and prospecting calls for times when you know you won’t be interrupted. This is where a spouse or partner can be very helpful. Or- some Mompreneurs hire a babysitter for short periods even when working from home.
It’s also helpful to have a designated work area free from distractions. The kitchen is for cooking, the family room is for TV, the bedroom is for…sleeping. You’ll perform much more effectively when you create a space for your business- even in the home. A dedicated workspace filters distractions and puts you in a business mindset.
Focus is one of the key characteristics of Black Belt Mindset. Focus cannot be forced; it’s a process of letting go of distractions and filtering anything that isn’t important in the moment. Create an environment and schedule that filters any but your business priorities, focus on the present moment and you’ll operate effectively and efficiently.
Wednesday we’ll talk about juggling the priorities of family and business…
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