By Mindee Doney

Finally it’s here! Some of us are happy, some sad, some with mixed emotions. No matter how you settle into your families new Back to School schedule it is just that = new! A change of pace and a new rhythm. More time without the kids in tow.  You have never been here before, with kids this age doing these things while you are where you are doing your things. It’s all new! The trick for me in keeping cool through transitions like this is planning, prioritizing and scheduling.  I’m not talking about the white board with dentist reminders and soccer snack captain alerts. I’m referring to how you actually spend your new found, un-kidded up, time in your business.  Just settling back into the way you always do it or just doing more of what you did this summer is not the key to keeping your business thriving.  The whole reason we do this running our own business thing is so that we can slow down and change it up in the summer when the kids are around more.  Now that we are back into the majority of our reality, we have more time for our business! Yipee!  Let’s make the most of it to fuel us all up for next summer’s slow down. 

Here are a few tips on how to go about getting the rhythm reset in your business when the kids go back to school:

Organize your Office: Get to the bottom of those piles and when in doubt THROW IT OUT! Take note of how many things you find on your desk that you never got to, you worried about but in the end never really needed you anyway– don’t you love it when that happens? Get out the label gun and toss out the sticky raisins in the bottom of your pen mug Jr made you for Mother’s Day. Take note of supplies you might need and make of wish list of supplies and new furniture equipment you might want to save up for this year.

Fill up your Calendar with the Kid Stuff: You should know when dance and practice is now, what time they need to be to school, how they will be getting home and when you need to be back on the homemaker wagon! Color code your hours for Mom Mode and Work Mode so you can better brace yourself for those weeks of in-service and teacher planning day, an extra practice, sleepovers and soccer tournaments you will be needed in full cheer mode for.

List your Business Priorities: What top 5 (not 50) things would you like to see grow or change in your business. Be specific – saying “more sales” is not acceptable here! “More sales to doctors offices in the tri-state area?” Much better!  List what’s working and what you need to keep up with at about the same level (bookkeeping, social media, blogging, product development, shipping etc..) Set some goals and objectives, print them all cutesy with some cool Pinterest inspirational image and slap those suckers up in your office so you can see them and live them everyday.

Assign Days and Tasks: Once you have cleared your mind and set your goals you can really design your schedule in a way that maximizes your time and makes you shine.  Consider making certain tasks happen on certain days no matter what. Maybe Tues and Thurs are Facebook days, bookeeping and new business. Monday is servicing current accounts and/or website development. Fridays are for planning and scheduling meetings or networking for the next week. Each day maybe has 2-3 hours of email and/or project time in it. Align the remaining time with the priorities and goals you have set so it all works together for your optimal output. A system like this will keep your business growing on a sustainable, solid foundation.

Above all show up for where you are in your new routine and keep the schedule protected as much as possible. I say it again and again GUILT TRIPS ARE GUT CHECKS! If you are feeling bad about working, you have probably not given enough undivided attention to your family that week. If you are anxious and feel overwhelmed when you are with your family, you have probably not given enough to your business. There is no magic potion of how many hours are required in each one. It’s just whatever it takes to balance your unique set of values and priorities, what centers you and allow you to show up for every moment.  Some women need more work time, some crave more family/house time. We are all programmed a little different and at different phases in our family and career. The most important thing is staying in touch with it! A solid schedule centered around your priorities is one of the best ways to do just that.

My Dad often would tell me there is a fine line between a groove and a rut. The change in routine this time of year offers us Mompreneurs a chance to find a solid groove early on and dance our way through the season! Hope these tips will help you stay out of rut! 😉

Peace, Be Well and Happy Lunch Packing!

Mindee Doney:: Author, Inventor (Boogie Wipes®), Idea Consultant.Tired of chasing her kids runny noses, Mindee herself ran with an idea she had for a saline infused nose wipe she called a Boogie Wipe ®. In 2007, she partnered with Julie Pickens and by 2011 grew her concept, to $12 million in sales, with distribution to 50,000 retail locations in 8 countries.  She managed all PR, marketing and branding herself and landed Boogie Wipes® on the Today Show, The Big Idea with Donny Deutch, Good Morning America, in People Magazine, The NY Times and countless others.  She is the author of Get your Own Juicebox – Confident Moms raising Capable Kids and consults an exclusive group of start-ups through her company Juice Box Consulting.

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