Finding time to pursue your passions and build a business can seem like an impossible task, especially if you have a demanding schedule and limited free time.
However, building a profitable business with limited time IS possible, and Heather is living proof of that!
This episode of The Teacher Biz Podcast takes you behind the scenes of Heather’s daily routine as a mom and business owner. Hear her advice for implementing a structured daily routine, setting yourself up for success, and protecting your work time.
Whether you have small children at home, a full-time job, or a busy schedule, Heather’s routine can provide valuable insights and strategies to help you make the most of your time and build a thriving teacher biz!
- (06:00) Setting yourself up for success the night before
- (08:30) Heather’s wake-up routine and her secret to waking up early
- (14:25) The most productive time of day
- (19:55) Different routine on different days
- (24:20) Afternoon work block; family time and bedtime routine
- (29:40) Protecting your work time
- (33:30) Why overcoming perfectionism is crucial for productivity
- (35:10) Encouragement for finding a routine that works for you
Listen to Episode 28: Lessons Learned from a Failed Business
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Balancing Business and Family: A Day in the Life of a Mom Entrepreneur
In this episode, Heather opens up about her daily schedule, revealing how she carefully plans around quiet times and family moments to ensure both her business and family thrive.
From productive mornings to structured family time in the evenings, she exemplifies how she makes the most of each moment.
Maximizing Productivity During Quiet Times
Heather’s most productive work time occurs during her daughter’s nap, so she prioritizes tasks that require more focus, such as live coaching and teaching, during this period.
It’s crucial to identify one’s peak productivity hours and allocate important tasks accordingly.
Structuring Family Time
Heather created a structured routine that allows for both work and family time.
She stresses the importance of spending quality time with her children, especially in the mornings and she sets specific times for snacks, lunch, and activities before her daughter’s nap.
Outsourcing to Achieve Work-Life Balance
As her businesses grew, Heather hired a small part-time team, which enabled her to spend more time with her family after her kids go to bed.
Outsourcing tasks that don’t require your direct attention can create more space for family and personal time.
Setting Boundaries for Work
Heather stresses the importance of setting boundaries and protecting her work time, avoiding housework or outside appointments during dedicated work blocks.
It’s important to establish clear boundaries around work to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
Overcoming Challenges and Perfectionism
Learning to prioritize and letting go of the need for perfection are key to achieving success with a limited work schedule.
It’s essential to acknowledge and work through challenges to succeed in balancing business and family.
Maximizing Early Mornings
Heather reveals her preference for waking up naturally without an alarm, between 4 AM and 5 AM, to kickstart her workday. This early morning routine allows her to focus on high-quality, challenging tasks and sets a productive tone for the rest of the day.
Making the Most of In-Between Time
Heather has honed her ability to fit things in the margins and make big progress without a huge time commitment.
Utilizing even small pockets of time effectively is important.
Embracing Simplicity and Adapting Strategies
Flexibility is key when juggling multiple responsibilities, and finding strategies that work for your unique situation is crucial.
Heather encourages simplicity in daily routines and adapting various strategies to fit individual lifestyles and schedules.
Heather’s daily routine is a great example of balancing business and family life with grace and determination.
Heather’s emphasis on simplicity, prioritizing family time, and setting boundaries serves as an inspiration for those striving to achieve a harmonious balance between their professional and personal lives.
Her ability to efficiently manage her time and tasks while nurturing her family demonstrates that success in business need not come at the expense of cherished family moments.
With dedication and smart planning, it is possible to thrive in both business and family life.