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How to Avoid Burning the Candle at Both Ends

As a mom, you know all about the struggle of balancing your business and taking care of your kids. Raising children is a full-time job, and running a successful business can be just as demanding—so how do you juggle both without burning out? It’s easier than you think, yet we almost never allow ourselves to do what's needed. Here are some tips on how to avoid burn-out while managing the demands of being an entrepreneur and raising children.

Take Time for Yourself

This may seem counterintuitive when there’s so much work to be done—laundry, dishes, cook, meetings, playtime, story-time, spreadsheets and dealines, but it’s essential that you make time for yourself. Taking even just 15 minutes each day for yourself can help you re-energize and stay focused on your goals. Whether it’s reading a book (my personal go-to lately), going for a walk, or meditating, make sure to carve out this time in your schedule every day—you deserve it!

Set Boundaries

Setting reasonable boundaries with clients and family members is one of the most important steps you can take in avoiding burnout. You don’t have to do everything yourself; delegate tasks whenever possible so that everyone is doing their part. When it comes to clients and customers, it’s important to set expectations early on regarding turnaround times and availability so that nobody feels like they have been left hanging or taken advantage of.

Say No (Sometimes)

This one is hard for moms because we often want to say yes to everything our kids ask us—but sometimes saying no is necessary in order to meet our own needs. How does that saying go? "You can't pour from an empty cup?".. something like that. Don’t be afraid to turn down requests from others if they will interfere with the goals you have set for yourself or take away from precious family bonding time. Saying no doesn't make you a bad person; it makes you realistic about what you are able to do given the finite amount of time available in any given day! Read that underlined part over and over if you have to.

Balancing motherhood and entrepreneurship can be quite challenging, but by taking care of your own needs first and setting reasonable boundaries with clients and family members alike, it's certainly achievable! Don't forget that taking time for yourself each day can go a long way towards avoiding burnout. It will take practice and you likely won't get it all right from the start, but with these tips in mind, juggling kids and business won't feel quite so overwhelming!

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