You can be all things but you also need this! Written by our Mum Support Expert, Sunita Pamamull.
Being a mum of a 10 year old and having my own business, I’ve learnt some important lessons along the way and wish I was told these at the start of my biz journey!
Becoming a mum often leads you to start questioning your deeper purpose in life and how you can make a contribution to the world your kids are going to grow up in.
This leads to some amazing biz ideas being birthed and many of us leaving corporate careers to have the freedom and flexibility to work around the kids.
What this also means is that you can end up overwhelmed, overworked and totally exhausted as you work around the clock to get it all done and there is no 9-5 schedule where you end the work day!
These 3 tips will help you gain back the balance and clarity:
Have a schedule or to do list, however leave some room for uncertainty and unexpected events such as a sick child who can’t go to school. The only thing that is guaranteed in motherhood is unpredictability! This can take away some of the guilt if you don’t get it all done, and know there is always the next day to start over! Each day is different, some days you will get a tonne of work done and the next day you would be lucky to send 1 email! Becoming comfortable with the ebb and flow will make you more productive and harness the energy when it’s there.
Schedule in time for yourself everyday – “Self care is not Selfish, you cannot serve from an empty vessel” whether it be a 15 minute walk, yoga class, or coffee with a friend make sure you do something everyday and make it non negotiable. You will actually find yourself being more productive, calm, and organised. Coming back to something with a clearer and more focused mind will give you a fresh perspective on it.
Seek out support and a tribe that has your back! I have been fortunate enough to get to know many mums on a similar journey as me, we get each other and it makes having your own biz a lot less isolating. You will also realise your challenges are shared by many of them. It is also important to share your wins and bounce ideas of each other! This inspired me to run a mums in biz meetup!
Above all be kind to yourself, and take it one step at a time, as your life and children evolve, so will your business as you transition from one phase to another!