Keeping Sane + Productive

Mompreneur_Chispa MagazineMompreneur, you know the delicate juggling act that includes the many different aspects of managing your tasks, supporting your family, getting things done—and feeling like you have a life of your own. Yes?

One of the critical areas successful mompreneurs learn to master is managing time effectively. To do so, we must become experts at planning, task management, quickly prioritizing with the winds of change, and making effective decisions.

One of the keys to staying sane as a mompreneur is establishing good habits. Routines, practices, and even rituals built from your core values will help to ensure the vital tasks are completed daily, family needs are met, your home and family are maintained, and your growing business goals are achieved.

Systematize Your Sanity.
Each of us defines sanity differently for ourselves. The great Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again yet expecting a different result. So, to avoid driving yourself and everyone around you insane, it’s important to create systems and strategies that put those niggling, but important maintenance tasks on autopilot.

One person’s sanity strategies may not be the same as another’s. But, examining these five areas (what I refer to as your Sanity Dimensions) will reveal the small shifts you need to make to take steps toward more sanity and achieving your big business goals:

Create Sane (and Sacred) Spaces.
Where do you work, play, and live? What is the sacred space you’ve set aside for yourself? Examine your spaces. Take a snapshot of each and then look at that snapshot in another location. The snapshot will reveal an objective look at what is going on around you in the spaces you choose to live and work. When you view the snapshot, what needs to be changed? What could be tweaked to create more sacred space for you?

Create Sane Systems.
Most of us have hundreds (if not thousands) of meta-systems in place to make our lives run smoothly. If you constantly feel behind, take a moment to breathe first, then examine your day-to-day tasks to uncover anything that you repeatedly do. What happens daily, weekly, or monthly that must be repeated again? What routines and processes do you use to support your day-in and day-out activities? Identify what those are, and ink them. Write them down in an easy to follow, step-by-step format that allows you to review them and then potentially delegate them to others.

Create routines for maintenance tasks. Scheduling routine maintenance tasks for both your home and business will ensure these tasks are completed and alleviates stress for you and your family members. For the work-at-home-mompreneur, create maintenance routines for office cleaning, organizing, inventory, billing, as well as such things as laundry, groceries, and home cleaning. Sane maintenance systems can truly help you save time and get more done.

Photo by Damian Zaleski

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Mavian Arocha-Rowe

Mavian Arocha-Rowe

Editor-in-Chief at Chispa Magazine
Mavian Arocha-Rowe is known as an asset to the business and communications industry and is motivating and advocating “your authenticity should be your strategy,” for all women, regardless of their season and roles. For the past 20 years she has directed magazines, plus multiple art and marketing departments as creative director and brand manager. What supersedes all of her great career moves is her role as wife and mother living in Atlanta. Challenging herself to discover and bravely pursue the calling for her life, Arocha-Rowe helps other women discover and pursue their life’s assignment. She is a passionate, and loud-laughing speaker on the topic of purposefully redeemed, and mentors young women so they can exercise a mind that is doctrinally pure, along with a heart that beats toward sanctification. She will almost never turn down Marlow’s Tavern double-tavern cheeseburger, a cooking-demonstration from Leaning Ladder, or any opportunity to head to Miami to spend time with family.

Mavian Arocha-Rowe

Mavian Arocha-Rowe is known as an asset to the business and communications industry and is motivating and advocating “your authenticity should be your strategy,” for all women, regardless of their season and roles. For the past 20 years she has directed magazines, plus multiple art and marketing departments as creative director and brand manager. What supersedes all of her great career moves is her role as wife and mother living in Atlanta. Challenging herself to discover and bravely pursue the calling for her life, Arocha-Rowe helps other women discover and pursue their life’s assignment. She is a passionate, and loud-laughing speaker on the topic of purposefully redeemed, and mentors young women so they can exercise a mind that is doctrinally pure, along with a heart that beats toward sanctification. She will almost never turn down Marlow’s Tavern double-tavern cheeseburger, a cooking-demonstration from Leaning Ladder, or any opportunity to head to Miami to spend time with family.