Guest Blog by Poledra @allaboutfamilyandfood
Picture this a young first time mum with an 8 day old baby and a brand new business, this mum is learning to do the books and breastfeed at the same time. This mum is me, I's Pol from All About Food & Family, my famillies moto is don't do anything by halves and that is no diffrent to how Wade and I started our parenting journey. So after having made it out the other side of having a new business and a newborn I thought I share with you 5 important things I learnt along the way. These dont just applied to mums with a bussines I think each of these applies to any mum just trying to get shit done!
1. Dedicate time to play with your kids
When you working or even just trying to get everything done it is so easy to get caught up in your to do list. You easily forget to stop get down on the floor and just play with your kiddies. I find playing with Connor gives me a break and a chance to give my mind a rest, research suggest that you should take a break every 50 minutes to be at your most productive and that the break should be a mimium of 20 minutes. I also find that giving Connor my undivived attention for 20 minutes helps him to feel acknowledge and therefore he is more liekly to play nicely on his own.
2. Clean and Tidy the room your are woking in
I have a lovely office with a huge desk (I "may" have forced Wade to buy so I would have room to work), it a has a beautiful piece of artwork above it and... I only use it when Connor is asleep (AKA -NEVER). I mainly work fromm the lounge room with ABC Kids blaring in the background. I have found that if I give the lounge room a quick tidy (I mean shove all the toys in the toy box, pick up any old food off the floor and mabye if im feeling super awesome vaccumm) I am less likely to be distracted trying to figure out what the hell is smeared across my couch and actually get some work done.
3. Keep a detailed to do list and calendar
This is something I have only started doing in the past few months and it has been a life saver. I have actually been keeping a bullet journal but thats a whole diffrent post on its own. I put all my appointments and commitments straight into iphone calendar. This means that I dont ever double book myself or (almost never) miss an appointment. But remeber when putting it into your phone to put as much detail as possible otherwise you might look back at the appt and go WTF?. I also have 2 to do lists, my master to do list and my daily to do list. Anything that has to be done today goes on my daily to do anything that I can do at another time goes on my master to do. I find this keeps my mind clear so I can focus on the task at hand rather than trying not to forget whatever thought is rattling around my mind.
4. Never stop asking questions
So people may say I ask alot of question (and say sorry to much) and its probaly true, okay its totally true but to me its important to ask questions, if you dont ask you will never know. When we first started out our business and I had a tiny human who I had no idea what to do with and a big scary accoutning program I didnt understand I asked alot of questions. Such as "Is his poo supposed to look like that?" to "I deleted an invoice that I need, do you know how to retrieve it?". Asking questions is how we learn so never be afraid to ask.
5. I AM NOT WONDERWOMAN
This took me a good nine months to figure out. I cant do everything! sometimes Im going to need help for example when Connor, Wade and I all had gastro at once (yep all of us at the one time and Connor was breastfeeding..*shudder*.. thank God we have to toilets) and my employees still all had to be paid, I asked for help and my best friend/also a business owner stepped in and helped me out. I soon learnt that asking for help doesnt make me any less of a mum/boss/ friend it makes me a human.
So there are my top 5 most important things I learnt, I really hope you enjoyed the read and got at least on little nugget of gold from it.
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Behind the blog...
‘The Mummysomniac’ is a lifestyle, motherhood and most recently, pregnancy blog, founded in 2015 by Kirsty McKenzie. She’s a mum of three, blogging about the highs and lows of motherhood, with a straight forward and honest approach, as well as a little bit of humour. Kirsty is passionate about sharing the realities of #MumLife, not the cookie cutter, high gloss version