Every successful business person will tell you that each and every day they follow a specific set of activities.
These are often income producing activities for whatever business they are involved with.
They also follow a life plan – or Plan of Life.
Well being a mother and business professional you can not allow life to rule your day.
I’ve shared before the Daily Mode of Operation for Online Marketers.
But being a mother has “unique” challenges shall we say, and if you’re a working mom, building a business you’re in for a long haul.
But for my work from home moms who are full-time moms, part-time business owners you need to structure your day around this plan.
Let me know share with you first the story about how this particular Daily Mode of Operation came to be.
It all started with my second pregnancy. I was going through ups and down and trying to figure out how to manage my varying energy levels.
Naturally having a toddler and being pregnant is never easy. (but it’s not impossible).
What always helps is when you have something for the toddler to do. So I had most of my day hours available to me because she was in playschool at the time.
But! and here’s a the big BUT I was always tired in the morning period. My energy levels would kick in just around the time she’d be coming home! Which didn’t serve me very well because I had a business to run.
So funny enough, rather than monitoring my body for any medical reason, I was monitoring my body to know when was the best time to work on my business.
All the other times I would do chores and housework.
Because like I said not all moms have the systems in place for someone to do the cooking, cleaning, washing and baby sitting.
Not all moms are that blessed.
So now that you know the back story here’s how the Daily Mode of Operation went.
And I really coin this one for pregnant mothers in business because it will be a little different if you aren’t pregnant.
We could even break this down by trimester but then we’d be getting into too much detail.
DMO for Business Marketing Activities
Mondays I wrote emails
Tuesdays I created video content
Wednesday I created blog content based on the videos I did on Tuesday
Thursday I focused on Social Media – posting, commenting, finding great viral content
Friday I focused on learning, phone calls and product creation type activities. (this usually alternately on a weekly basis)
So you’re probably wondering where is the “daily” in this mode of operation.
Well this is just the business marketing side of things.
So let’s go again. You’re not only a here to market your business, you’re also a mother who is responsible for the household duties.
So here’s how I spread out the love given that my children aren’t able to chip in just yet.
DMO for Household Responsibilities
Mondays I cleaned the Master bedroom and bathroom and the guest room
Tuesdays I cleaned our daughter’s room (at the time remember we only had one child) and her bathroom
Wednesday I did two loads of laundry
Thursday I cleaned the kitchen and did food prep
Friday I did another two loads of laundry
Saturday I cooked the starches and vegetables
Sunday I cooked the meat.
DMO for Family
So we’ve added the household duties. But that isn’t the only “job” mothers have right? But getting those two down is really important in being able to plan the rest of your day.
So we now have to add errands and play time with the little ones.
Everyday from 3:30 pm to about 5 pm I play with my children. We read, do abcmouse.com , we go outside and ride bikes, sometimes we exercise together. But basically this is our active time together.
If it’s raining (which is most of the time in Trinidad) we always had something that we could do inside. Sometimes we baked cupcakes, or cake or we made pizza! (which actually serves two purposes – can you say dinner)
This is where I always advise my moms that you have to do things that really create a win-win situation. Spend time with your kids but also get something done.
So my first daughter thinks it’s fascinating to exercise in front of the TV. You know the famous “At Home” Workouts. Well I have tons of them. So when my daughter hears that mommy is going to exercise she goes and grabs her shoes as well. Just try to imagine a three year old following a TV workout!
We always have fun and this is important. These activities will change daily, but you absolutely MUST do them.
You also want to factor in your day time to spend with your spouse. Yes I said it everyday.
You should talk to him about his day, his business, his life and you do likewise.
DMO for Personal Development
Many people will put this under the business category but I like to separate it. Because it is personal.
I’m a Catholic, so part of my personal development is spiritual reading. But I also do business reading.
I spend 30 to 45 minutes a day in mental pray and when I’m ‘talking’ to God I’m talking about my life. Guess what ?!?! My life does includes my business.
So for those who are religious or spiritually inclined and you think that there’s a distinction between the things you do for God and the things you do for business, I want to say that they should not be if you’re utilizing your religion properly.
Sometimes I use my business reading books during my prayer time and I meditate on it at that time.
We’ve heard people like Robert Kiyosaki, Richard Branson, Tony Robbins, Eric Worre talk about the things that successful business people do daily!
Do you know that one of those things is to spend 30 minutes of quiet time in thought or meditation. Now how different is that to what Jesus did?
So my point is, if you are a devout Catholic, or a devout Jew, or a devout Pentecostal your faith should be interwoven into your personal development. Because your faith is suppose to influence your life.
Another thing that the GREAT business owners say you have on that Daily Mode of Operation is EXERCISE!
Remember, “A healthy body leads to a healthy mind!”
[Tweet “”A healthy body leads to a healthy mind!””]
You can never ignore the balance that is required between the mind, body and soul in order for you to succeed in business and in life!
Now I’m going to get hard core on you! At the end of the day, Business is Business. You can’t play with that.
And what shows that you’re in business is your revenue.
It makes no sense you doing all of the above and you don’t do these last three activities on a daily basis! (Yes you can take Sunday or Saturday off. Not both!)
And if you think it’s difficult it is!
No one ever said being an mompreneur was going to be easy.
So your last three activities that you MUST get done every day are!
Review Business Reports
Think about what the CEO of Google will do every morning. He’ll probably review the sales report, the expense report and inventory. Naturally you’re not the CEO of Google even though you probably think you should be! But here’s the deal in your business you have reports as well…… New orders? New leads? Ad Campaign results? Are there any business expenses that you need to review and ensure that payments are made. So you get the idea! Review your business reports!
Make Contact with Potential clients or customers
In another world we would call this following up on a lead. One of my coaches calls it “putting out ships”. So let’s think about this for a minute. In order for you to close a sale, someone has to buy something. Most times you have a lead report, that has name, email, phone, address of leads (or potential clients). Everyday you need to be making contact with at least 3 preferably 5 of these contacts. Why? Because the law of averages states that for every 10 people you contact one will respond. And notice I didn’t say one will buy. It has occurred in MOST industries that yes one will buy after you’ve presented your sales opportunity to TEN people.
So now you’re thinking what about the other nine. That’s when you business marketing tasks higher up come in handy. Because guess what? They are on your customer database “report” or as in the online marketing world we call “a list!”
Close at minimum one sale.
Yes minimum one! If you do everything else closing one sale a day will become a piece of cake, piece of pie!
Now you’re probably wondering HOW you as a mother of X number of children will be able to do all of this?
I know I said it too!
But mothers are amazing people wouldn’t you agree.
Mothers possess a real stamina that’s hard to beat, not so?
Mothers are passionate about what they do right?
And as a mother I was able to break down everything that I needed to do each day to keep my business and my life running smoothly.
So I’ve broken it ALL down for you right here in this chart. Everything that a mother needs to do on a daily basis.
Now remember I was pregnant when I developed this, so if you’re not pregnant maybe you can challenge yourself.
Add a few things to the chart.
But for now here’s what you need to place right next to your computer OR on your fridge to follow everyday!
I really hope this has served you today. Let me know in the comments below what you think you’re able to do everyday!
If you’re ready take your business to the next level as a mother in business then follow this link.
Have a great one!
The Marketing Mom