I shared in my post yesterday the two essential daily routines that will help you overcome overwhelm and be a happier mompreneur or dadpreneur and I promised I’d share with you my other two routines today.
A home based business needs as much TLC and nurturing as our kids do, and luckily in network marketing we’re able to build it around the needs and demands of our family. We can’t let the needs of our family be our excuse why not, instead of our reason “why” if we want to have a successful network marketing career and a successful family too.
I’m finding my rhythm in some basic routines that will help you be more successful as a mompreneur or dadpreneur:
For me– although I’m not perfect in my mompreneur role by any means and I’m still tweaking things as I learn more–it’s working to use the two routines I shared with you yesterday combined with a weekly and a monthly routine, which I’ll outline for you below. You can adapt these routines to your life and your family and I promise that you’ll see results from them. How could you not?
Mompreneur and Dadpreneur Weekly Routine
My weekly routine allows me to build my business, take care of my home, family and have a life too.
Fly Lady breaks her weekly routines down into days that group similar tasks together: home blessing day, errand day, desk day, anti procrastination day, free day, family fun day, renew your spirit day.
To simplify my life I’ve done the same thing with my business, and broken down some areas into days that fit with my life and my family.
My weekly “home blessing day” is on Tuesdays, because my son has therapy in our homes and it forces me to have a deadline to get it done. (You can’t imagine how huge this is for me…having a deadline.) I can’t let the job take over my day and I can’t put it off for another day. By 10:30 Tuesday morning, our speech therapist is here and I will have gotten the girls off to school, my house shaped-up, a load of laundry done, showered and gotten both my son and me ready for the day.
- Face to face appointment day (meet face to face with people in your local market)
- TIP:Combine this with your grocery shopping or errands you have to run and make sure to include time the night before in your bedtime routine to sketch out some meal ideas ahead of time, so you don’t waste your time at the grocery store.
- Phone day (team calls, checking in with teammates, coaching calls, clients, etc.)
- Writing day (write your blog posts, newsletters, articles, thank you notes to clients, etc.)
- Video day (create several videos in one sitting while you have the camera out & ready)
- Anti Procrastination Day (work on projects you haven’t completed yet, or tackle things outside of your comfort zone that you’ve been avoiding)
- Planning Day: I pick a weekend morning before everyone’s up to get my calendar out and make some plans for the week. Note what I’m thankful for that week, what I accomplished (Yea me!), what I struggled with, what I want to focus on for the next week, set goals based on my 90 day goals, etc. Don’t forget to schedule your family time-date nights, etc. and put them on the calendar so they actually happen!
I also take off my mompreneur hat on the weekends. It’s our family time, my planning time, time to relax and renew my creative spark for the week to come. We are great in our family about planning family outings, and as often as possible a date night for my husband and me to stay connected.
Mompreneur and Dadpreneur Monthly Routine:
For me, my monthly routine keeps my marketing, motherhood, marriage, and money all running smoothly.
- Flylady breaks the home into zones and each week of the month focuses a little extra attention to that specific zone. Each day of the week there is a ‘mission’ for the zone and 15 minutes of de-cluttering.
- Front door and entry way, dining room
- Bathroom and one extra room
- Master bedroom
- Family/Living rooms
- I apply the zone concept to my business: Focusing for a minimum of 15 minutes a day for one week a month on the “zone” I’m working on in my business creates huge momentum for me. You create the categories that make sense for your business.
- Customers/Clients: create monthly newsletters, customer care calls, client relationship building, renewal reminders, etc.
- Paperwork and taxes (paying bills, adding up receipts, phone bills, etc. to make tax time easier, etc.)
- TIP: Paperwork and taxes do not take me an entire week, one or two days does it for me and since I hate to do it, I combine it with something super fun for me like personal development!
- Marketing (What can I plan to focus on for the next month that will grow my business, establish my credibility, grow my list, etc? Do I want to create a product this month; get my blog set up; my free offer created; etc.)
- Training or personal development week: (any books or training programs you want to focus on for the month: mastering video marketing, grasping a deeper understanding of SEO, learning some copywriting secrets, blogging, etc.)
- Relationship week: Have a week every month where I focus on relationships is really beneficial. I don’t do this with an agenda of doing business, but to just be a better friend, better wife, better mom, etc.
I hope these routines will help you as they’ve helped me in my business. Please leave a comment below and share what spoke to you in this post and/or what routines you do regularly in your business or family.