Motherhood Time Management 101

Motherhood is not necessarily put on the “to do” list every day, but it sure takes intentional time and effort. Sometimes more time than I anticipated when the “curve balls” come into play like sick kids or your mother intuition kicks in and you just KNOW you need to spend those moments cuddling with your kiddo.

All that to say, as mothers, we know that life can be hectic, stressful and some days, just plain crazy. So, how do we manage our time? Whether you are stay at home, working full time or developing a side hustle while staying at home – being a mother already entails a lot, so how do we manage our schedules, while keeping sane?

Here are a few quick tips from the mama who always overdoes the daily “to do” list.

    • 1. Set daily goals that are attainable
      I tend to never do this just quite right. I fill my daily to do list with EVERYTHING that probably should get spread out in the week. Set goals that you can attain and That make sense for your workload of the day. You want to set goals that are attainable without overstretching yourself. Begin to get familiar with your time and always keep in mind of the “curve balls” that might come up. The more you set goals that you can reach, the more you will keep going at your to do list because you will stay encouraged!
    • 2. Step away from the block in your hand (aka your phone)
      I am talking about the phone, social media, or internet. Put away the time wasters in your life. This might not be your phone, but figure out how you are wasting your time and remove it. Start to be present with your kids, with yourself, and with your intentions for the day. Sometimes we give ourselves a “break” to scroll on social media and then we end up spending hours there. STOP NOW. Become present. The more present you are then the more productive and intentional you will be with your day and your time.
    • 3. Set work hours + do not forget to schedule in fun!
      This is so important. Give yourself work hours. Figure out times when kids are napping, playing or being cared for that you can claim as your work hours. Honor and respect this time. The more of a schedule you can give for yourself in the constantly changing unknowns of motherhood, the more intact you will feel and a bit more in control of your day. Get to know your schedule and own it. Do not let time slip away because of lack of planning. Set it up and be persistent.

      OH AND – do not forget to have some fun in the process. Schedule it in. Take time for yourself and make time to have fun on the weekends with your family. The more fun you can have – the more balanced you will feel.

    • 4. Know that you have permission to say NO.
      Did you know this? You do not have to be supermom and say yes to everything. In fact, you can say no and encourage you to do so. Be empowered in the No and respecting your time and boundaries. This is where you need to evaluate your priorities and what you want in your life. Start asking the questions like, “Is this life giving? How do I feel after I am a part of this? Is this necessary right now or can I possibly help or be a part of this at another time/season? Learn what works for you and do not feel guilty for respecting your time and space and saying no to things that do not match your priorities in this season.
    • 5. Sleep mamas, please sleep
      I can always continue to take this advice for myself, but seriously, this is so important. Learn to sleep – more. We all have different bodies, sleep schedules and needs. Learn how much sleep you need to fully and joyfully function and start to plan for it. I find that most of our problems is rooted in not the motion of getting to bed at the right time, but it is the fact that we scroll on our phones for hours after laying our heads on our pillows. PUT THE PHONE AWAY. Turn it off or put it on do not disturb mode, or plug it in across the room. Do not let the phone dictate your mental and physical health. SLEEP mamas, you really do need it. Start taking better care of yourself please.
    • 6. AND BONUS: Let go of being “perfect”
      Seriously, let it go. You are not perfect and this “perfection” you are striving for does not exist, so just let it go.

My hope for you is that you know to have grace on yourself. Every day is different, but you can keep your sanity by setting up some structure as well as new habits in your life. Stop making excuses mamas and manage your time wisely. We only have 24 hours in the day, how are you using them?

From your overly ambitious ‘to do’ list mama,

Being a Global Entrepreneur

Being an entrepreneur already has its challenges then adding another culture that is not of your own, always adds another dynamic. If you have started a business overseas or are thinking of doing so then here is some quick advice on what I have learned over the years.

  •  Know the Culture

You have to know the culture you will be stepping into. You will learn a lot on the ground that cannot be taught ahead of time but educate yourself on where you are about to transition to. Even if you are not living there full time, you need to know the country you will be working in and the people you will soon get really close to.
You need to know religions, tribes, cultural traditions that will affect your business. You do not want to come in naive, ignorant and as if you know it all – because, you do not. So, get off that high horse and begin to humble our heart. Learn about your people because they will become YOUR PEOPLE. You will need to know how to love, respect them, build trust and wonderful relationships.

Start becoming teachable now because if you have not already, you are about to step into a new global classroom.

  •  Learn the Environment

This is similar to culture, but in more detail. KNOW YOUR ENVIRONMENT. Know the people, how they think, work, pace of life, how they conduct meetings, etc. Know the demographic you will be working with specifically, know their average income, and financial stability, know facts. Start to learn about the politics, economic
situation of the country, the challenges the people face and more.

These challenges are not going to change overnight, so you need to prepare yourself to step into this and ask if this is a country you want to be in?

What is your motive?
What is your why?

Those two questions are very important because on the hard days – you are going to want to be grounded in those answers. Know your WHY.

  •  Find a Mentor

I would not only find a business mentor that has international business experiences, but I would also find someone on the ground that can walk you through legal advice. Legalities of any country are confusing, and you need someone who can help you with this from the beginning. You want to make sure you are doing it correctly from the start or having to pay penalties later or get in unnecessary trouble will be a headache and a waste of time. Find your person, register your business correctly, follow labor laws and ethics, etc.

Just do it right from day one. Save yourself the heartache.

  • Embrace the Locals, become one.

You will get nowhere if you put a clear line between yourself and the locals. You are not better than them nor that much different either. Stop acting like the foreigner and embrace the awkwardness and throw yourself into the mix. Let the locals educate you on their culture and you educate them on yours. Find a mutual understanding and instead of putting a big wall between one another, slowly mesh together and become one. The more you immerse yourself, the easier the journey becomes. You will also start to make amazing friends in the process. Create your community and thrive in it.

  •  Find a Partner on the Ground

Find someone you trust who wants to walk this business journey with you. This is key to the success of what you do in any country. You need to find someone that understands you and has the passion for this business like you do. Someone who will run as fast as you and embrace changes as they come. You need someone on the ground who can help with communication, clarity and diffusion of the cultures. They can help simple logistics run smoothly and be a person to vision with. Find your person. When you know – you know.

My biggest advice is to just enjoy the process. Every day comes with a different challenge or celebration, but in the midst of building something you love – do not forget to look up and enjoy the community and culture. Not many people can say they are a global entrepreneur, so embrace the journey and the unforgettable moment.

Close that computer every now and then and go have some fun.

From your global, third world living, entrepreneur – keep your head high,