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Growing a Business Without Ignoring Your Family

Ask the Experts by Charmaine Johnson-Fuller

Q: I have so much I need to do between business and family, but I don’t feel like I get anything meaningful accomplished even though I’m doing a lot. It’s like I float from task to task with no focus. How can I structure my day, so I get the right things done and feel motivated and empowered doing it?

A: Running a business and operating a family is a challenge. It feels as though you’re either ignoring your business or ignoring your family and feeling guilty about both.

As an active mom entrepreneur, it’s easy to just start writing down everything you feel like you need to do. When you do that it causes you to feel overwhelmed, resentful, and burned out from your daily schedule.

I’m going to share three ways that you can structure your day to make sure you are getting done what you feel needs to be done.

Clarity is Queen – Before you write one single item on your daily action plan (aka to-do list) get clear on three things:

  • How do you want to feel at the end of the day?
  • What outcomes are you trying to create?
  • What actions do you need to complete to get closer to or complete those desired outcomes?

Shut Down the Noise – Where do you find that you get the most distracted? Whether your distraction lies in social media or random telephone conversations identify those distractions and come up with a game plan to move through them.

Create a Daily Action Plan – Create a daily action plan that works for you.

Using the tips above you’ll be able to create a daily action plan that doesn’t feel overwhelming and gets things done that you care about. Use the above foundation to create an empowered day that keeps you focused and connected to your big goals without the guilt.

Charmaine Johnson-Fuller has been supporting moms for over five years by guiding them to create harmony between self and family. She has served with the Special Education Action Committee (SEAC) for the State of Michigan, was the Wayne RESA PAC (Parent Advisory Committee) representative for Grosse Pointe and currently supports mompreneurs by showing them how to create harmony between family and business. Visit for more information. Charmaine is a member of The Family Center’s Association of Professionals.

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