This blog post is dedicated to all you hardworking work-from-home moms who are feeling unbelievably frustrated, tired, and, honestly, completely worn out. It’s that feeling of always having your phone as a barrier between you and your kids, or constantly peering at them over the screen. You can achieve work-life balance as a WFHM and I am here to tell you how!
I know how incredibly frustrating it is to reach the end of your day and feel like you accomplished absolutely nothing, except maybe working on your phone or computer. You realize you don’t even know what your kids wore today. You fed them, but what did you really feed them? It can feel like defeat, like utter failure.
But deep down, you long to truly connect with your kids, to love them wholeheartedly, while also showing up for your business, your passion, your side hustle – that project you care so deeply about.
I’m here to tell you that if you build a strategic plan for your daily work routine, you can not only enjoy the journey of being a mom who works while raising kids and managing the house, but you’ll also make significant progress in your business. So, are you ready? Let’s dive into all four steps to create a strategic work plan!
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Work-Life Balance as a WFHM – Preparing for Success
Whether you’re thinking about starting a business, engaged in direct sales from home, already have a business, or managing a side project or side hustle – if you’re juggling these responsibilities and trying to find a balance, this blog post is for you.
The Early Days: Balancing Business and Motherhood
In the early days, I found myself managing a business while also caring for my children. I vividly recall wearing my baby while running an event-based business. My oldest was just learning to walk back then, and she joined me everywhere. She even got to be a part of the action, helping with floral design at weddings. It was a unique experience we could share.
As my business evolved, I made the transition to an online platform. However, this meant my kids were witnessing me constantly connected to electronics. It was heart-wrenching to realize that they couldn’t distinguish between me texting a friend and me working with clients. This prompted me to seek a clear separation between my work and home life.
At one point, I was also managing a corporate job while running my business. My oldest child observed me getting dressed up and heading to the corporate world, which was a significant shift. However, my youngest didn’t experience this. Circumstances changed rapidly, especially with the onset of the pandemic. I knew I needed to make significant changes.
Unlocking Laser-Focused Productivity Through Systemization
Chances are, you’re already contemplating making changes. That’s precisely what this blog post is designed to help you achieve. After over 5 years, with more than a decade of combined experience across two businesses, I’ve distilled the essential steps you need.
These steps are critical to enable you to sit down and achieve laser-focused productivity during your work blocks. This way, you won’t feel tethered to your mobile devices or hastily grabbing your laptop while on a road trip.
“It’s easy to get caught up in the idea of squeezing in an hour here and there. However, it’s crucial to recognize that systemizing our lives allows us to be incredibly intentional with our time.”
It’s easy to get caught up in the idea of squeezing in an hour here and there. However, it’s crucial to recognize that systemizing our lives allows us to be incredibly intentional with our time, laying the foundation for everything we do. While I often discuss systems in your home, today, we’ll delve into systems in your business that profoundly impact your home life.
The Prerequisite: Establishing Work Blocks to Have Work-Life Balance as a WFHM
Before we dive into the four essential steps, it’s crucial to address the prerequisite: establishing dedicated work blocks. If you find yourself still scrambling, struggling, and unsure about what work blocks entail, or how to create them, then it’s time to address this.
If your life seems chaotic, your house is a mess, and your schedule is in disarray, you’ll want to listen in to episode 315 of my podcast. It’s a comprehensive guide that will help you regain control.
You can strategically plan your power hours, whether it’s your morning work block, those precious hours during nap time, or if you’re a mom with a 6-hour window while your kids are at school. Perhaps you’re a homeschooling mom who can carve out 2 hours after your kids have completed their lessons.
Your work blocks may vary, and that’s okay. They evolve as your life does, aligning with the life you’ve envisioned: one where you can nurture your children, savor your life, and show up wholeheartedly for your podcast, business, team, community, and passions.
Time to Dive into the Fourth Step: Building a Strategic Plan for Your Work Block
Now that we’ve laid the groundwork, in this blog post, we’ll dive into each of these steps in detail. By the end, you’ll have the tools and knowledge to create a strategic plan for your work while maintaining a healthy balance with your family. It’s time to take control and make the changes you want!
Step #1 to Achieve Work-Life Balance as a WFHM- Establishing Your Foundation of Tasks
The first and most critical step is to plan out your daily, weekly, and monthly tasks. These are the activities that repeat themselves in your life and work, things you must do every day, every week, and every month.
It’s essential to have a clear understanding of these tasks because, let’s face it, your to-do list right now is probably a chaotic mess, and it won’t cut it. I can promise you that I’ve helped countless individuals transition away from to-do lists in both their personal lives and businesses because, frankly, they are often ineffective.
Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Tasks: Being Strategic
Your daily, weekly, and monthly tasks include those routines you perform often. For instance, you’re probably checking emails daily – great, that’s a daily task. But what else do you do daily?
Maybe it’s checking your social media accounts. Set a specific time limit for these activities. How much time do you truly need to spend there? Be strategic about it and commit to showing up consistently. Perhaps this becomes your daily “power hour,” carving out an hour each morning before your kids wake up to tackle your daily tasks.
Then, consider the weekly tasks, which might include marketing efforts, nurturing your audience, creating content, and providing support to clients or customers. Finally, think about the monthly tasks, such as cleaning, file backups, and managing your finances. All of these recurring activities have a crucial place in your business.
By structuring and organizing your daily, weekly, and monthly tasks, you’ll establish a solid framework for your business, making it easier to manage and allowing you to focus on what truly matters.
Step #2 to Achieve Work-Life Balance as a WFHM – Managing Recurring Tasks
When it comes to managing your work and home life effectively, the second critical step involves recognizing and dealing with recurring tasks. These are those responsibilities that pop up periodically, whether every few months, every two months, or on some other recurring schedule.
Recurring tasks can take various forms. They might be events you need to plan for, like a quarterly meeting or a bi-monthly event. Additionally, they could represent specific processes that you need to execute regularly. These tasks all share a common characteristic – they repeat themselves.
Examples of Recurring Tasks
Consider your work context. If you have clients, it’s highly likely that you encounter recurring tasks related to client management. In the world of network marketing, numerous recurring tasks exist.
For instance, whenever you acquire a new client or customer, a predefined series of actions must unfold to nurture and support them. Similarly, adding a new member to your downline triggers a specific set of steps. In these scenarios, each event necessitates the same actions.
The Importance of Documentation and Streamlining to Obtain Work-Life Balance as a WFHM
Here’s where the value of documentation and streamlining becomes evident. You need to capture and document these recurring tasks. By doing so, you create a structured process that saves you from reinventing the wheel every time a similar situation happens.
Understanding the exact steps required for each task is so incredibly important. Equally important is knowing how long it takes to prepare for and execute these tasks. With this knowledge, you free yourself from the burden of constant mental calculations and planning.
You gain the freedom to focus on the task at hand, knowing that other responsibilities are well-managed. No longer will an unexpected request disrupt you making dinner! By streamlining your recurring tasks, you’ll find yourself better equipped to maintain a healthy balance between work and family life.
Step #3 to Achieve Work-Life Balance as a WFHM – Organizing Your Content
Step number three in building a strategic plan for your work block revolves around organizing your content. Whether or not you’re actively creating social content for your business, it should play a pivotal role. When you start your work block, keeping up with socials and content, in general, should not be a constant nagging concern.
Raise your hand silently if you find yourself frequently asking questions like, “What do I post? What do I share? When should I comment? When should I follow up with DMs? What content should I create?” If these questions clutter your mind more than once a month, you’re not alone. I’ve been there too.
Streamlining the Content Process
The key here is to streamline the content process. You need a clear plan for the next three months, outlining what you’re posting and why. Let’s say you’re posting on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday across various platforms like Facebook. That’s great, but where is all that content leading? What’s its purpose, and where is it guiding your audience?
In my case, everything I post ultimately points back to my podcast because that’s where I want people to go. It’s my primary communication channel. But what’s crucial is defining your focus and ensuring that everything aligns with it. Your business may have its unique approach, and that’s perfectly fine. The goal is to organize your content so that it consistently directs attention where you want it.
Once you have your content strategy organized, the next step is to create templates for everything. Whether it’s email templates, Facebook post templates, or templates for any other content, having a structured approach makes a massive difference. This level of organization allows us to even hire interns effectively.
Lightening the Burden
By following this approach, you’ll lift a significant burden off your shoulders. You’ll find that 100% of the stress related to content and socials will disappear. It’s all about optimizing your workflow, making your work block more efficient, and freeing up mental space for more impactful tasks.
Step #4 to Achieve Work-Life Balance as a WFHM – Organizing and Completing Projects
Now, let’s get into the fourth step of this transformative process. By now, you might be feeling like you’re in the midst of a monstrous challenge, one that tempts you to throw in the towel because the pressure of managing both your business and household responsibilities seems unbearable.
Nothing is more frustrating—for you, your kids, and perhaps even your spouse—than the constant juggling act, where it feels like you’re perpetually falling behind or being judged, or maybe things genuinely seem to be spiraling out of control. And amid this whirlwind, you’re not making the progress you crave.
The Game Changer: Organizing and Completing Projects
This is precisely why step number four is immensely crucial. This is where we discuss organizing and completing projects. The truth is, many business owners struggle to reach this step because they’re deeply entrenched in the previous ones. Yet, you should never find yourself overwhelmed by the details, whether you’re outsourcing or managing everything solo.
Let me share my secret for making rapid progress in my business: focusing on organizing and completing one project after another. It’s a never-ending process of building and building, and it doesn’t always go as planned.
Currently, I’m busy developing organizational and project plans that my entire company will need for the next two to three months. My aim is to equip you with the same ability.
In this step, you’ll sit down and identify the core actions necessary to move the needle even just a little in your business. I understand you might have a grand list of ideas, but not all of them need to be tackled simultaneously. Prioritize one or two or three that are at the forefront of your mind.
Building and Completing Projects
Here’s the key: estimate how much time each project will require. Always keep this in mind because, if you allocate 10 hours a week to work but the first three steps consume 12 hours, you’re in a bind. Systemize steps one through three to fit within the total time you have available. This way, you’ll free up time for the crucial task of working on projects.
Projects are the building blocks of your business. You create them once, and then you move on to the next. Whether it’s building your first website, crafting your initial freebie, launching a podcast, starting a YouTube channel, creating a Facebook group, or introducing your debut product, each project is a step forward.
Join the Four-Week Transformation to Have Work-Life Balance as a WFHM with Systemize Your Biz
These are the four steps that might sound daunting but hold the key to transforming your work-from-home life. The beautiful part is that I’ve already laid out each step for you. You can complete this transformation in just four weeks, and you never have to look back.
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A Glimpse into the Four-Week Journey
Here’s a glimpse of what awaits you if you chose to join as a student within Systemize Your Biz:
- Week One: Master the organization of daily, weekly, and monthly tasks.
- Week Two: Dive into the world of recurring tasks and how to make them seamless.
- Week Three: Learn my content management approach, a method that has helped countless business owners streamline their content efforts.
- Week Four: Uncover my project management method, which not only prioritizes projects but also offers insights on what should come first.
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Conclusion: Achieving Work-Life Balance as a WFHM
I hope you gained some insight on how to attain a harmonious work-life balance as a work from home mom. Let’s recap the key takeaways on how to build a strategic plan for your work block.
- Step 1 – Establish Your Foundation of Tasks
- Step 2 – Manage Your Recurring Tasks
- Step 3 – Organize Your Content
- Step 4 – Organize and Complete Projects
As we conclude, remember that achieving work-life balance as a work-from-home mom is not only possible but within your reach!
By embracing systemization, prioritizing work blocks, and crafting a strategic plan, you’re taking significant steps toward creating more fulfilling days and a more balanced life for both you and your family. You can do this!
Looking to Learn More About Systemizing Your Business?
To begin, this blog post shares one simple step that can make it possible to have a thriving business as a productive work from home mom. Earlier in this episode, I mentioned how I have helped countless people ditch their to-do lists! If you are curious to learn more, check out the blog post Ditch Your To-Do Lists and Get More Done.
Remember, you are not alone in this journey for work-life balance! If you are looking for a supportive community to share with along the way, our FREE Facebook group is just a click away! We would love for you to join and connect with other work from home moms who are battling your same battles each and every day.
Achieving work-life balance by utilizing systems is possible! If it can work for me, it can work for you too! I love hearing about all of your accomplishments. Please don’t hesitate to reach out in my DMs or post within our Facebook group. I will be here for you every step of the way!
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any other resources you have to help me with my busines?
Of course! I actually released a Balancing Business Series that is a great starting point! Here is Day 1, it is all about the vital steps for you to maintain a work life balance, while growing a successful business. This is a 4 part series where I get into the nitty-gritty of how to get that manageable work-life balance.
If you are ready for even more, I encourage you to join Systemize Your Biz as a student!