There is so much that goes into a mompreneur‘s day when she does her best to balance business and family life. You want to have a successful business to help bring in money for your family and be the best mom to your children. So, how do you balance everything while thriving in both areas without losing your sanity?
Luckily, I was able to speak with Gabrielle who is a time management and business strategist for mompreneurs. She’s learned firsthand the challenges moms face while trying to balance home and work life.
You’re going to love reading Gabrielle’s interview below as she discusses how she’s able to dominate her day with successful time management while running a growing business and being a mom to her son.
Name: Gabrielle Bogan
Location: Orlando, FL
Occupation: Time Management & Business Strategist for Mompreneurs
Kids? Ages: 16 months
Tell us about yourself!
I support mompreneurs by helping them create 3+ hours in their day so they can FINALLY balance baby & business.
How did you start this business?
In my 2nd trimester, I was freaking out wondering how I’d balance my baby and business. When I had my little one I quickly created routines and schedules that really helped me balance both and that’s how I started teaching others the benefits of having a self-created schedule to be able to effectively balance their baby and business!
How long have you been in business?
Officially since March 2017.
Who is your primary target market?
Mompreneurs with babies or toddlers that are still at home who feel like they are struggling to stay on top of all their priorities and for those who feel like they’re falling behind in life.
What does success look like to you in your business?
Success to me equals being able to make money to pay my bills and to pay for the things I desire while contributing to my household and still having time to do the things I love.
If someone wanted to do what you do, how can they start?
Well, first you have to get pregnant and have a baby, haha! If you want to become a time management mentor in itself then you’ll first need to master time management in your own life.
What would you tell someone if they asked: “How do I know if I was meant to be a time management mentor/coach?”
I think if you’re someone who is always trying to find ways to make things easier in your life and trying to develop your own strategies for maximizing time then you might consider teaching others to do the same!
How do you make money?
Admittedly, I have a side business as a Virtual Assistant that I’ve been doing for 2 years. I also make money through 1:1 coaching, selling digital products and affiliate marketing through my Time Management Mentoring business.
How do you take the breezy route in life and business?
Well, the simple answer is that I take the breezy route by making things easy. That may sound funny but it’s interesting how mindful and intentional you have to be to actually make things easy, especially as a mom.
One of the things I do is maximize my son’s nap times to get work done and I’m very intentional with that time. I try my best not to spend that precious time doing things that waste my productivity, such as scrolling through FB newsfeed.
At the beginning of the week, I try to do a brain dump of all the tasks that need to get done under each priority. For example, I make a list with the headings: VA Business, Mommy Business, Baby, Personal, etc. and then brain dump tasks under each header. Then, each day I either write a list on paper or make a quick note in my Evernote app of the tasks I can get done that day and when. I have specific blocks set aside for different activities so it’s super easy for me to take the tasks on my list and “plug” them into the block that makes the most sense.
I also define my core values/priorities and make sure that everything I do is in alignment with those.
I define my core values by meditating and getting really clear with myself and how I want my ideal lifestyle to look. I envision the types of things I am doing and then once I’m out of meditation I make a list of the things I’m doing that are not in alignment with what came up for me. Those are the things that either need to get streamlined, delegated or done away with.
Finally, I say no when I have to and don’t feel guilty about it. All my life I was the type of person that did what everyone else thought was good for her. It took me giving birth to my own son to realize that I am actually the one in charge of making my own life decisions and that includes making the choice as to where I want to spend my time.
It took me awhile to get to a point to where I felt comfortable saying no to things I didn’t want to do, or didn’t feel were in alignment, but now I know my time is precious and I value my time so much that I have to always make sure that what I do makes sense in regards to my core values and how I truly desire to be spending my time. That’s how I make my decisions now and if things don’t align with my core values it is easy for me to say no!
What does creativity mean to you and how do you stay creative?
Creativity to me means being able to make the things I see in my mind a reality. I feel that creativity flows through me and then I make my ideas a reality. This comes through in a variety of ways like writing, recording videos, creating packages, and so forth.
Thanks, Gabrielle, for giving us a glimpse into the possibility of running a successful business as a mompreneur by dominating our time management.
Some takeaways from this interview that I would like to focus on:
- Gabby encourages mompreneurs to be intentional with their time and stay focused on the important tasks that will help your business grow.
- Do a “brain dump” of your schedule and organize your time each day by doing hour time blocks. This way you know what you’re doing and when.
- Be okay with saying “no.” Remember, this is your life and your time, and you’re the one in charge.
So, do you think you can #takethebreezyroute by getting into time management coaching?
Gabby Bogan is a Time Management Mentor & Biz Strategist for Mompreneurs. She supports mompreneurs in creating 3+ hours a day so they can stop struggling and finally balance baby and business. She’s passionate about helping mompreneurs create time to accomplish all the things that light them up and make them feel purposeful while serving as a positive example of what living your ideal mom life can provide. To learn more about her visit www.gabbybogan.com and be sure to sign up for her FREE mini-Masterclass to learn how to kiss mommy guilt goodbye for good, the first step in maximizing time as a mompreneur!