Posts with Category: Time Management
A couple of months ago I made the big decision to merge my two websites, Motivating Mum UK and Mum’s the Boss. The merger took place on 21st September 2016, and all links from Motivating Mum UK are now pointing to Mum’s the Boss.
Procrastination is the thief of time – so they say
We’ve all had one of those days. You’re sitting on your own in your office and you know that there is something you absolutely need to do, but for some reason you just can’t bring yourself to get going at it.
It’s holiday time again and already you may be beginning to wonder ‘How am I ever going to fit in any work?’. Most of us are self-employed because of the flexibility this affords us to be able to be with the children during their school holidays. But how do you keep everything ticking along?
Nobody said it was going to be easy….but mums are incredibly clever at multi-tasking and time management, and work at home mums even more so. Try not to feel guilty about finding time to do some work in the school holidays – you are still spending more time with your children than normal, and it is good for them to know you have to work sometimes, and that it is for the whole family’s benefit in the long run.
Working from home can be tough. Sometimes when you run your own busness and you are also responsible for home and family there just are not enough hours in the day to do everything. So what do you do? Leave something in your business unfinished? Neglect your home? Ignore your family? Is it any wonder that work at home mums get stressed?
Here is one possible solution for your busy times – it’s called Mum’s Little Helper and it is a service jointly provided by Mum’s the boss and Sooqini. Basically it is a concierge service -you can dlegate business or personal jobs, one task at a time, and so free up time so that you can do the things that matter most to you
Are you a mum on the move? In today’s runaround world we hardly seem to have time to sit down to eat, let alone raise a child and hold down a career at the same time. Thankfully, smartphones and tablets have come to the rescue to aid us in life’s everyday activities and to keep us sane. Here are 5 of our favourite apps for working mums.
If you constantly find yourself on the go and without the luxury of a car, The Trainline App is the go to guide for up to the minute train times, delays and cancellations, with information on platform numbers to save you faffing before you get to the station. What’s more, you can buy tickets up to ten minutes before the departure of your train, meaning you won’t have to spend hours searching through your baby bag before you hit the tracks.
Seven out of ten of us now own a smartphone (according to research by Deloitte). Whilst it has revolutionised our way of living and working by enabling us to constantly keep in touch, does your phone actually save you money?
Having the ability to send and receive emails on your smartphone when away from your office can be highly useful and means no missed opportunities for responding to quotes etc. However, how many of us are guilty of using our smartphones for nothing more than status updates on Facebook, checking the football scores or reading the latest news!
Who doesn’t have a resolution or goal that they make at some time of year? We all do and of course the New Year is the most popular time for setting new resolutions. It is also the time of the year when most resolutions and goals fail, why is this and what can you do about it?
It seems that just about everyone you know has some kind of dream or goal that they want to have come true. While having lots of dreams and ambitions is a great thing it can also be distracting. Too many dreams can lead to confusion and to wasted time.
At some time in our lives we’ve all had a Christmas day where we’ve been not been on top form: either a sickness bug brought home by the kids; or the dreaded flu right when you should be relaxing and enjoying yourself! It’s an experience best not repeated!
I’m often haranguing the children at this time of year to wash their hands thoroughly and to keep wrapped up warm to avoid the winter bugs. But what about us Mums? We’re dashing about doing all the shopping, cooking all the food, preparing the house for visitors, making outfits for nativity plays, writing the Christmas cards, as well as attending all the school plays, concerts and services. It’s easy to forget about looking after yourself at this time of year when all your energies are concentrated on ensuring your children and family are having a lovely time!
As a successful business woman, I wish I could say that I did it all on my own without the support of anyone. The truth is my husband has been the rock for which I lean on when things get rough. He has been the perfect sounding board and my “go-to” guy when I need help balancing our family dynamic. How does this wonderful man get me through my day and make me realize how much he means to me?Children – With two daughters in the house, it can be difficult at times to balance what needs to be done while keeping the business functional. Instead of sacrificing time from ensuring the continuation of my business, my husband takes care of the children and their needs. Sometimes, they’ll even surprise me at the office. Fortunately, my husband is keen on my emotional states and knows when it’s a good time to visit or just say hello and leave. Housework – In our family dynamic, we believe that everything is a concerted effort by everyone to pitch in. Although I’ll try to get a few things done around the house, my husband usually beats me to them. He understands that he has more time than I do as he works from home anyway. Even when he had a regular job, he still managed to get more of the housework done than I have. To be honest, it’s very liberating to come home after a harsh day and relax in a clean living room – no minor feat considering our children are extremely messy.
I suppose the above could be more for men to read than other women of business. This is how my husband keeps my sanity and helps me succeed. He has made a conscious effort to keep the tops spinning for he knows how important this is to me. If you have a man in your life, I hope he is as understanding to your situation as mine. You’d be amazed at how well the business can function if there is a team effort within the home.