Juggling four children and a thriving business is not easy but it can be done.
Many women find themselves at one time or other trying to be superwoman. After all you have to be if you are going to have a career and raise a family at the same time – right? The problem is when we are trying to be superwoman, but sometimes can’t keep flying, we come crashing out of the sky. It is then we realise that it is not possible to be everything to everyone all at the same time. However, if you follow a few basic principles it is possible to manage mayhem. You can manage the craziness of life that comes when you are walking the tightrope between ‘Domestic Goddess’ and ‘Successful Business Woman’.
How do I know?
SAY HELLO TO MY FAMILY:
My husband and I have been married 13 years. We have four beautiful children that are lively, spirited and definitely have a voice. Our oldest Kayden is 11, Lucius is 9, Marcello is 2 and our little girl Priseis is just 2 months old. She comes into the office with mummy every week… a business woman in the making.
SAY HELLO TO MY BUSINESS: KIS MARKETING (AKA BABY NO. 5)
Kis Marketing is a boutique marketing firm that has been created to offer simple effective marketing solutions for small to medium businesses. We have an office in East Maitland and a second office is opening in Newcastle in February 2015. The success of the business has been beyond expectation. Since opening in 2012, we have become an award winning agency and have experienced 500% growth in the past financial year with clients stretching from Brisbane to Sydney.
15 TOP TIPS TO HELP YOU MANAGE MAYHEM:
- ACCEPT YOU CANNOT BE SUPERWOMAN. The sooner you realise this the better you will feel.
- BE ORGANISED. If you don’t have a diary and use it things will fall through the cracks. Everything should be in there from business meetings to the kids out of uniform day. Remember to schedule some time out for yourself at least once a week.
- LEARN TO DELEGATE – Surround yourself by great people at work and have systems and processes in place. This way you can leave the office to go that parent teacher meeting and everything will run smoothly in your absence.
- GET HELP – It may be a cleaner, ironing lady, nanny, gardener or an Au Pair but get help. It is impossible when you have kids to do everything yourself at home and work full time. Getting the right help will change your life! Imagine you can get home from work and spend time with the kids because someone else has already washed the floors.
- USE TECHNOLOGY TO YOUR ADVANTAGE – Having your emails on your tablet or mobile can be great. You can get work done while the kids are in swimming lessons and they won’t even notice. You will also be very efficient and respond quicker to clients this way.
- EXERCISE – Don’t say I don’t have time! Download an app called TABATA. It takes 4 mins at home and will get the endorphins pumping. Alternatively, go for a bike ride with the kids. They will love it and you will get your exercise.
- ACCEPT THAT ALMOST PERFECT IS GOOD ENOUGH – Nothing is perfect accept this and you will be happy more often.
- DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF – when things get tough ask yourself ‘In the big picture is this really going to make a difference’. If the answer is no, forget about it or fix the problem and move on.
- DON’T BRING WORK HOME (Most of the time) – Sometimes it is inevitable but try.
- BE PRESENT IN THE MOMENT – When you are spending quality time with the family be present in the moment. No phone, no work talk, no distractions. For now you are just mum.
- MULTI TASK – You need to learn this skill to survive.
- SAY GOODBYE TO TIME WASTERS – If people are dragging you down and wasting your time get some happier, healthier more positive friends. Surround yourself with good people.
- HAVE A TAKEAWAY NIGHT – At least once a week don’t cook. Get takeaway or accept that eggs on toast will do just fine.
- LAUGH AT YOURSELF. When we are tired we sometimes will make mistakes. Learn to laugh at yourself and then tell yourself you are wonderful and move on.
- The most important rule of all DON’T LET GUILT WIN. You are teaching your children to have a good work ethic by example. They will also learn to turn on the dishwasher and maybe even how to cook a meal or two. Guilt about being a working mother will only stop you from enjoying the precious moments with the kids and will stop you from being successful and productive at work.
Just follow these simple guidelines and remember it is possible to walk to tightrope between ‘Domestic Goddess’ and ‘Successful Business Woman’. Just focus on the goal ahead, remember what is important to you, and above all follow the Kis Marketing Moto ‘Keep It Simple’. ‘Be Passionate’ & ‘Do What You Love’.