10 Ways To Avoid Burnout As A Network Marketing Mom
In the fast-paced world of network marketing, the modern woman wears many hats. She's a driven entrepreneur, a loving mother, and often a work-at-home mom fighting to balance family life with a thriving business.
There's absolutely zero surprise that burnout lurks in dark corners while juggling such a balancing act.
So here are 10 smart strategies to help you avoid the dreaded burnout, keep your vitality intact, and maintain a healthy work-life balance.
1. No phones at the dinner table
Prioritize family time by keeping digital distractions at bay. Engage in honest conversations that promote deeper bonds. And if you want to check your phone at the dinner table, just remember that you're setting a digital detox example for your kids, especially teenagers.
2. Set clear boundaries
Be your own CEO. Decide on a start and end time for your work hours. This ensures you don't overwork and lets your family know when you're available. Emphasize the importance of waking up rested, disconnected from the digital world, and grounded in the present.
3. Centralize phone placement
Phones can emit harmful waves, so leaving them out of the bedroom while asleep is a good idea. For teenagers, centralizing phone storage in common areas, like the kitchen, provides an added layer of safety and ensures quality sleep for everyone.
4. White spaces and day-offs
Even amidst business growth, it's essential to take time off. It doesn't always mean a full day; even a few hours of disconnection can recharge you. Regular 'white spaces' in your calendar allow you to pause, breathe, and rejuvenate.
5. Time-blocking and planned focus
Structure is your friend. Clearly define your business hours and let your team know about them. Be clear about preferred methods of communication. For example, reserve text messaging for urgent matters, while regular contact might happen via Facebook Messenger.
6. Prioritize critical tasks– Eat The Frog
Flip your to-do list and do the uncomfortable things first. Because starting your day with the most critical and challenging task ensures you've achieved your primary goal, even if disruptions arise later. This principle, known as 'eating the frog,' helps avoid the stress of unfinished tasks.
7. Develop resources
Constantly answering repetitive questions from team members can be draining. Instead, create resources like onboarding documents, FAQs, or tutorial videos. Such tools empower your team members, freeing you from redundant tasks.
8. Regular vacations
Taking a three-day weekend or a vacation at least once a quarter helps break the monotony of the daily grind. It's not always about extravagant trips; even a local getaway can refresh the spirit. But always communicate your plans in advance to set expectations.
9. Lean on layered leadership
You don't have to shoulder all the responsibilities. If you've built a hierarchical system, trust the leaders in your team to manage queries, especially during your off-hours. This sharing of duties ensures you're not overwhelmed and can sleep well at night knowing you’re covered.
10. Cultivate self-care habits:
Embracing a consistent self-care routine is fundamental to maintaining mental, emotional, and physical health. These practices can significantly boost your energy and mood, whether it's through spiritual reading, engaging in regular exercises, or indulging in a rejuvenating skincare routine. Remember, you can only give your best to your family and business when you are at your best.
In a nutshell
Juggling a network marketing business with family responsibilities is hugely demanding. However, burnout can be avoided with clear boundaries, proper resource allocation, and an unwavering commitment to self-care. Remember, it's not about working harder but working smarter. Embrace these strategies and watch yourself flourish as a successful entrepreneur and a devoted mother.
Click here to catch more on this topic. I discuss burnout in detail on episode 94 of the Blessed Momma Bosses Podcast.
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