As a new business owner and mom, I’ve found managing my time extremely difficult. It’s not the practice of actually planning and blocking off my time that’s difficult. It’s the guilt from family and friends when I’m working on a weeknight instead of going out to dinner to ensure that I make a deadline. What they don’t consider is that with a one year old, I’ve taken a decent amount of time away from work during normal business hours to take care of personal appointments and issues.
One of the things that I’ve noticed with many of the people I’ve met through WAM! is that none of us are counting hours or doing busy work. We have a goal or a deadline and we do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done to make sure that our goals and deadlines are met.
For me, the struggle isn’t the responsibilities that come with being a wife, mom and business owner. The struggle is with the guilt that others project onto me. I’m not perfect, I make mistakes, and I’m definitely still learning how to manage all of these titles. The important thing is that I know what I want and I have a plan that my husband is supportive of. My friends and mentors see the effort that I’m putting in and are supportive of my dreams.
If the most important people in your life are supportive of your dreams and plans to achieve them, who cares about the people who are guilting you for the decisions you make about your time management. To quote one of my favorite authors and podcasters, Rachel Hollis, “Don’t let someone in the cheap seats have an expensive opinion in your life”.