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CEO Of Your Home and Business: Mommy Guilt

Do you suffer from mommy guilt? If so, you're not alone.  Proper prioritizing of projects and work-life balance is not easy when you become a mom but it can be done. You can make it all work for the good!  Fortunately I have moms in my network that share the same interests and lifestyles and have a great balance.  Being surrounded by like-minded women helps ease the occasional guilt.

What puzzles me the most is how other moms can be the most critical to moms that make the personal choice to juggle it all. 

Here are a few ways to maintain balance:

1.    Block off time for your family into your schedule.
Be proactive about your schedule and actually block off certain times and days for family before your schedule fills up with business meetings, work, and other work related tasks.

2.    Stop wasting time on people that add no value.
Just think, that is time you can spend with your family and other people that matter most to you.  Everyone knows those individuals that suck the life and energy right out of you by constantly complaining and venting about the same things but they never take a look at how they are directly impacting these issues-- don’t entertain those people. Instead surround yourself with people that share common goals and help enhance your life.

3.    Manage your work and schedule.
Work hours for business owners are constant but it is important to still try and identify a schedule for the most part. For example, if you planned to be done with work for the day by 3pm because your child has a soccer game at 5pm then make the commitment to yourself and STICK TO THAT SCHEDULE!  This may also require you to manage other people’s schedule as well.  For example, if there is an individual notorious for running late then do not work that person into your schedule for the day.

Mommy, wife, plus model, freelance writer, editor, speaker, fashion contributor, and author.   Like most of you, I wear many hats. What are some other ways you maintain balance by making more time for the activities and people that matter most to you along with fulfilling your dreams?