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Women and Business: Finding your balance

March 13, 2013

Annie Mullens, founder of WeePlan Baby Planners, is the first guest blogger for the women-owned businesses series.

Feeling stressed when it comes to dividing your time between your small business and family? Use these tools to find harmony.

Finding an equal balance between work/home life is still one of the biggest challenges women face today.  Over 70% of mothers are in the labor force, meaning they either have a paying job or are looking for one (U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, 2010).   Being a full-time working mother can lead to feelings of guilt and stress because of divided attention between work and family.  So what are some good ways to try to find some harmony?  Here are my top three recommendations:

Let go of the guilt.

Guilt is one of the greatest wastes of emotional energy. It causes you to become paralyzed in the present because you are dwelling on the past. Guilt can be very crippling.  Make a plan for how you will do things differently in the future. Without having a new way to approach your life, you’ll continue to do things for which you feel guilty.

List your priorities.

This is the simplest way to find your balance.  Make a list of your priorities. Set your goals and follow them. The satisfaction of living life on your own terms will direct you towards the right balance. Make a separate list of priorities for your family and career.

Let others do their share.

Delegate, delegate, delegate. Make sure you’re letting the people around you take on some responsibility and shoulder some of the workload. You might be tempted to do everything yourself, but you’ll only stress yourself out.  If you can hire someone to help take some items off of your to-do list, do it!

In my former role as manager of a very successful retail baby boutique I had encountered thousands of expectant parents. Most didn’t have the time (or energy) to research all of the baby preparation options out there and when they did attempt to research their options, more often than not, they ended up feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and even more confused.   With this experience, I started WeePlan Baby Planners.  I love that my job as a maternity consultant helps bring more harmony to the lives of working women, by assisting them in preparing for the birth of their baby and reducing their stress levels.  I even offer a back-to-work plan as one of my services.

Finding the sweet spot in work and home life can be difficult, but with these simple tips you can make sure that both your career and your family flourish.

Annie Mullens, founder of WeePlan Baby Planners, is a premier, certified Baby Planner and Independent Maternity and Child Product Consultant in the Greater Denver area. Annie tailors an individualized plan for each unique parenthood experience. For more information on how WeePlan Baby Planners can help you, visit http://www.weeplanbabyplanners.com/.

  • Great advice for all working mothers! It is a tough balancing act, that’s for sure. Having adequate help can make a big difference. When my kids were really small I worked full time with a 45 minute commute each way. I ended up having a “staff.” Housekeeper, nanny, etc. It cost money, but it still allowed me to spend my limited time with my family without having to clean house. It was the only way I kept my sanity and felt that I was doing a good job being a mom, my highest priority!

    • Hiscox Blog

      Linda, we’re glad you enjoyed this post. Guest blogger, Anne Mullens provided some great insight on making sure there’s a balance between family and work. Please continue to visit the Hiscox small business blog for more helpful news and resources. We also welcome your continued input.