Figuring out how to be consistent in your business while raising kids is a struggle every biz mom has at some point. But with these 5 secrets, you won't have to struggle anymore!
Have you ever caught yourself blaming your lack of “time” for your lack of results in your business?
I know, I know- you really don't have any time.
Between driving your kids to and from activities, making meals, and trying to keep the house from falling apart, you have a lot on your plate. As a busy mom to three small kids myself, I absolutely won't argue with you on that.
But I would like to challenge you today to think about this: is your business stagnant because you truly don't have time, or is it because you're not being consistent?
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Yes, there are other factors that affect business growth, like staying on track in your business, being productive with your time, and employing marketing strategies that lead to growth. And we talk all about how to find MORE time in your busy day in this post. But the biggest factor, the most important factor, the thing that is holding you back from growing your business is being consistent.
So today, I want to focus on why your business isn't growing or isn't growing as fast as you want it to be. And that, biz mom, is due to your consistency (or lack thereof).
Consistency is a choice
I was recently on a private group coaching call with the members of the Biz Mom Collective when I shared this revelation- consistent is a choice.
And I stand by that 100%.
Before you come at me on this one, just hear me out.
You see, while I was leading said coaching call, I was also on vacation. It was a vacation that I was very intentionally present for, not constantly on my computer or working.
BUT I had made the choice to be consistent in my business, specifically with writing new blog posts, and during that vacation, I wrote and published three blog posts.
This is a big deal for me because the ENTIRE PREVIOUS YEAR I had posted zero.
Yes, you read that right. I started my journey into online business as a blogger, and yet I posted 0 blog posts in an entire 365 days.
But when I made the choice to be consistent in that activity, even while on vacation, I was able to stick with it much more easily and be consistent.
… but I really AM too busy
I know what you mean- you can make all of the intentional choices you want, but life is still going to happen. Kids are still going to projectile vomit on you 10 minutes after you woke up early to get in some work before they usually wake up for the day. I get it, I really do.
But as biz moms, knowing we're going to get interrupted, knowing things aren't going to go according to plan, knowing that our time is not our own most of the time is really an asset.
Because we know when we sit down to work that we can be pulled away at any moment.
So, with laser focus and a carefully curated to-do list, we can work more quickly and efficiently in the smaller pockets of time we have throughout our day.
Or, if you're working while your kids are asleep, you also know that time is limited and therefore you need to work more effectively and efficiently.
Some of this comes with the territory- especially if you're working while also raising very small kids like I am. We know we're not going to be able to do everything that we want to do when we want to do it.
But when you make the intentional choice to be consistent in something, you try a little bit harder to really fit it in.
It's so easy to fall into the trap of “I'm too busy,” “I don't have time,” and “I can't do it because…”.
So next time you find yourself thinking or even saying those things, try this instead:
- Choose one income-producing activity to be consistent with and challenge yourself to stick with it for 7 days. Commit to doing it and see what happens.
I can almost guarantee you're going to do that thing more consistently when you actually put it on the priority list.
5 Secrets to Be More Consistent When Running an Online Business While Raising Kids
So at this point, you’re probably wondering exactly how to be more consistent when running your business. Here are my top 5 suggestions.
1. Be consistent in your time
I know it sounds so simple, but you'd be surprised by how many people are inconsistent in their time.
They get up, rush through the day, and then end up with a long list of things to do that they never get to.
As a busy mom to 3 small kids myself, I know what it's like to feel like lack of time is the biggest problem.
And I’ll be honest with you- I'm not sure any of us could actually be perfect at this.
We all have days where we don't even have time to put on our makeup, let alone do our marketing. (And if you just rolled your eyes at the thought of putting on makeup while being home with toddlers all day, I see you, too!)
But if you're thinking that lack of time is the reason you’re not being consistent, I want you to take a moment to think about a few things.
Think about your to-do list. What's on it? Do you have a plan of attack? Do you have a system you follow? If not, then what's stopping you?
If these are things you struggle with consistently, make sure to check out the Biz Mom Collective membership, where I help other busy biz moms, like you, work through these exact issues.
2. Be consistent in your priorities
When I say consistent in my priorities, I'm talking about what you’re consistently saying no to, not what you’re consistently saying yes to.
I've been on a very long journey of really making sure I say no to the things that aren't aligned with my goals and priorities, in business and in life.
I don't want to be constantly choosing to do things that are not important or things that aren't leading to business growth.
And this can be especially challenging when you’re working at home, in the small pockets of your busy day, raising kids, and running a household.
But let me ask you something- are the dishes really ever done? Is the laundry ever completely off of your to-do list?
No, it’s not (no matter how much we wish it would be.)
So stop wasting naptime catching up on household duties. If you’re lucky enough to have a kid that naps on a schedule (my 3rd baby is the FIRST one of my kids to even come close to this, so I understand if the answer is no), use that time for your business. Make that the priority!
3. Be consistent in your systems
If you’re going to run an online business while also raising kids and running a household at the same time, you need systems.
I'm talking about the systems you have in place that allow you to be more consistent.
I know I've talked about this before, but when you are running an online business, your time is precious. You need to be intentional about how you're going to use it.
I can't even begin to tell you how many things I've started and then stopped because I didn't have a system in place that allowed me to be consistent with it.
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Systems can include tools, like a physical planner or Trello, but having the tools is not enough- you need to create a system to actually use it. Check out my mini-course, Biz Mom Trello 101, for some ideas on how to use Trello systematically for your business.
Systems can also be as simple as defining routines around certain activities.
For example, when I sit down to write for my business in the morning, I make sure that I’ve either just started running a load of dishes or a load of laundry. That becomes a system that I do almost automatically now.
That way, I can work on my business task and silence that feeling that I’m “not doing enough” around the house (spoiler alert- you ARE!). But our brains like to sabotage us, and feeling like we should be doing something else is one of the reasons we abandon consistency in our businesses.
4. Be consistent in your habits
Creating habits around your priorities is going to make it easier for you to be more consistent. When I do things consistently, I'm usually doing them because I've made the choice to do them.
Think about the habits in your life that are making it harder for you to be consistent with them.
Typically, it's the things that aren't important or the things that we don’t make important.
If you have no idea where to start on this or it feels totally overwhelming, check out the book Atomic Habits by James Clear. I listened to it on Audible a while back, and it is really helpful!
5. Be consistent in your mindset.
I could talk about mindset blocks all day, especially when it comes to moms running online businesses from home while raising kids. But for the purposes of this post, we’re going to talk about your mindset around being consistent with your business.
The way we think and the way we talk to ourselves have a huge effect on how we act. So if we’re constantly telling ourselves that we don’t have time, we can’t be consistent, or we can grow our businesses because of X, Y, and Z, then those things will become true.
On the flip-side, if you tell yourself you can find time, you can be consistent, and you can grow your business, those things will also become true.
It's this mindset that's going to allow you to be more intentional about your time.
It's this mindset that's going to help you to be more intentional about what you're saying yes to.
It’s this mindset that's going to help you to be more intentional about what you're saying no to.
It's this mindset that's going to help you to be more intentional about your systems.
And it's this mindset that's going to make it easier for you to be more consistent.
You CAN do this- and I’m here to support you! Make sure to grab your free copy of my Quarter Hour Power guide. It will help increase your productivity even if you feel like you don’t have any time. And we can stay in touch via email so I can help cheer you on!