So far, we’ve dipped our toes in what goes on behind the scenes of a small business. Today, I really want to talk about getting in as much time as you can; when you can! During a “normal” week, I get 1-2 hours of work done each day. It’s really simple to accomplish in your own home, with just two words: Quiet Time.
Let me take you guys back to when I first became a stay-at-home-mom. My then, only child, was three and no longer taking regular naps. We did a lot of activities to keep her occupied, and engaged with learning. To be honest, I felt guilty that she was no longer in daycare/preschool and tried my best to make up for it.
The issue with doing so much is that it is EXHAUSTING. Truly. Ot got to a point where we would spend a day watching movies because I just could not entertain her anymore. Let’s be honest though, that did nothing except hold in all of her energy. Then, one day, while in a craft store (go figure) with a tired and grumpy #threenager a woman told me about quiet time.
It’s simply the time that your child goes into their room or playroom and plays quietly. By themselves! This was the start of something beautiful. It wasn’t easy at first. No, it took a while for her to understand that if she cannot see me, I haven’t left her. Once we got that trust and understanding established, it was blissful.
There were even days that she napped! During this set time to myself, I crafted. Maybe caught up on a show or showered. I did what I needed to do, during my time alone. This is actually when I started playing with the idea of starting a business. I had time to myself to think and figure out what made me happy.
Now, come back to present day. I have 3 kids, two of which are home with me all day. I’m running and growing a business. I make time to do this by utilizing Quiet Time. My son still naps, and during that daily nap, my now threenager, has quiet time in the playroom. This is when I get to spend time in my office working.
To stay on track with what needs to be done, I have a second command center (from our early blog) in my office. I have certain things that I work on for each day of the week. For instance, Monday is media day. I take pictures and schedule posts for social media. Wednesday‘s are WIP days. I work on what’s already in progress. Whether, I finish or not is besides the point because I’ll come back to it on Tack-it Thursday.
Another great thing to utilize, is the carpool line. I’m serious, I sit in line for 45 minute every day. This is a great time to work on whatever your niche is. I crochet or reply to social media posts and emails. In the evenings when the kids are all playing togethe, I also crochet. They join in sometimes, other times they just need supervision while getting out the rest of their energy.
The point is, you do not have to constantly entertain your kids. You do not have to sacrifice your business or time with your kids. Work with what you have! Make your day happen how you need it to. You can have your cake and eat it too 😉.
Much Love ❤️