The holiday season is coming and for moms, that means a busy time of family, friends, and events. For the mom working her business, it may even be so busy, she considers taking time off and relaunching in 2016. While this may seem tempting, you can work through this holiday season and during the month of November, I’m going to be focusing on how we can get it all done- business AND family (and live to tell about it!)
Why Work Your Business When You Are Busy?
Although it may sound counterintuitive, keeping your business going while you’re busy will help you when you are a successful mom entrepreneur. If you are in this for the long haul- might as well start keeping things up now to prepare for success later.
It also might just save your sanity- let’s face it, holidays CAN be stressful! When you are passionate about what you’re doing in your business it gives you permission to take a break and focus on you. Whether your business is a blog, your own shop or working with a direct sales company- taking that time to grow in your business is never time wasted. Especially if you are in direct sales, the holiday season is the busiest time and people are looking to shop for Christmas so it’s a perfect time to plan your own event or host a party to help people cross off their Christmas lists.
If you’re a blogger- people are online a lot more this time of year, looking for gifts, making Christmas plans among other things so it’s a great time to plan some great holiday content in your niche to bring in more readers to carry you into 2016.
If you’re in direct sales- Christmas is a great time for connections. It may one of the only times of the year you get to see certain people and you may meet new people at holiday events. Holton Buggs always says “you can’t outfriend me” so when is a better time for you to make new friends to provide value and possibly network with in the future?
A side note though on meeting new people for your direct sales business at parties- work on the relationship and connecting. They came to the party to have a good time and if you are a good friend to them first, you have a better chance of sharing your product later.
So Where Do We Start?
I can’t survive the holidays without getting organized first. I have long struggled with electronic vs. paper, iCal vs. Google- the lists go on. But what has been helping me in my business the most in the last month has been Trello (if you aren’t on Trello you can sign up with my referral link here). If you use my link, I get a free month of their Gold plan for every person who signs up.
So how can Trello help you in your business? Trello allows you to create boards to organize your life. For bloggers- you can manage an editorial calendar, curate social media contact and plan out your next project in one app. I am currently using it to save things I want to pin later, things I want to share in my group, on the go sharing for my direct sales business (and that’s just two of my boards).
You can save important links you want to bookmark for later and forward Trello emails that need to be worked on. There’s also a calendar feature where you can set yourself due dates for things you need to do. Trello also syncs up with a favorite app of mine, Sunrise to sync into one calendar to keep you on track.
So far, I am really loving using this system and feel like I’ve only barely scratched the surface on all of its many uses. I also like that you could make a board for your personal calendar and share cards with family members to keep everyone in the loop.
For paper lovers, I am really loving Passion Planner. I had been on the fence for a while about buying one and then when I decided to get one they were sold out. What I love about it is, it really helps you narrow down what is important and helps you plan out how to get there. Gratitude is also so important in working your business and Passion Planner includes space to write down what you are thankful for.
Always Remember Gratitude
One of my favorite mentors is a huge advocate of keeping a gratitude journal. This helps keep you in the right mindset of giving which is SO key in any business and I think it also helps you see just how many blessings you do have when times get tough. The holiday season is a perfect time to remember all the blessings you have had this year and what’s to come in the new year.
Tell me in the comments- do you work your business in the holiday season? What are your best tips for balancing your work and family during this busy time?