The biggest mistake that moms transitioning from corporate to entrepreneurship is believing that everything has to be perfect makes that keeps them stressed and in chaos and how to move beyond. I get it for years in corporate you had the kids with a nanny or daycare and your home was not lived in i.e. looked it a model home. Then you were the together mom. Now you have decided to start your own venture to be at home with your own kids. And you decided to do it “cold turkey”, as in without the nanny or daycare. Of course it will work, because you have it all together. Until you realize that nap times can not always be productive and now you forsake sleep for a few good hours of focused work. It is now all coming to a head because your patience is running short, contracts are not closing or even getting drafted and your waistline is expanding.
It wasn’t supposed to be like this!
Something has to give, right?
How will you have the time to eat the meals at the right time and actually have meal time with our kids? When will you be able to manage your dreams (your other baby, the business) and maintain a healthy waist line? Will you be able to use all of that knowledge you have about nourishing with wholesome food, energizing your body with movement and how to implement that sweet talk?
Here is the formula. Start will this acronym: C.A.L.M.
Collect information – Know your seasons. When I say season, I don’t mean winter, spring, summer and fall. I mean we all go through different ‘seasons’ in our lives. For example, my seasons are Reflect, Renew, Replenish and Action – packed. In my reflect season, I journal more really looking at what works well, where I can improve and what needs to change. Maybe your seasons are Market Research, Implement, Launch, Follow-Up. Give the patterns of your life or business a name.
Act on it – Be intentional in each one. In Market Research season, be sure to match your research to a product idea and make the collection of data seamless. This gives you less stress as the surveys go out, come back and in information deciphering. This is a season to implement a meditation practice, food preparation techniques, and find two times during your day that you can exercise. One time could be mid-day to energize with weights and the second to slow down with pilates or yoga as part of your bedtime routine. Close your day with sleeping earlier by half an hour each night until it is a reasonable hour that will allow you 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
Linger – Take pause when it appears that external forces will take over your routine. This could be a very simple fix. Sometimes nature has a way of telling us to stop and be one with the moment. Let’s say you have an article due in the morning and you are within an hour of bedtime and the baby wakes up. If you take pause, you also maybe having a writer’s block moment and need the cuddle time to refresh and reboot your muse.
Manifest – Stay mind, body and soul in line with your desired outcomes. So you had to take a cuddle pause, get back to it or if your muse is also on pause reconnect with it in the morning. Nothing like a good night’s rest to reboot. I know you might think, I will throw my spouse at the baby and hammer it out. And how has that been working for you? You may be blessed with a super compassionate and supportive partner and it works. Or even so, you may end up pushing your body past its limits and suffer later in the week and fall off on something else. Manifest your self-care goals by simply taking care of yourself.
In short go from chaos to calm. Try it for a week and leave your comments below or connect with me at https://workoutaroundmyday.com.