I get asked all the time how I manage to “do it all,” all the time. Being a mompreneur, balancing PTO responsibilities, homeroom mom activities, after school classes, and having a toddler at home is no joke! I won’t lie. Sometimes, even I wonder how I manage it all!
Still, I sat down, and I thought about exactly how I manage my day-to-day responsibilities without losing my mind, and I came up with a few tools that might help other mamas working from home. I feel they’re a pretty vital part of my day.
Mompreneur Tools of the Trade
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The tools that I absolutely cannot live without on a daily basis include:
- My planner(s)
- A Macbook Pro
- My camera
- A Journal
First and foremost, I have to say that my planners are the most essential tools for getting things done. I am a list-maker, and a visual person, so writing things down keeps me on-task and helps me to not forget what’s going on.
My personal favorites are the Erin Condren Life Planner and the Inkwell Press Classic. Now, I know, I know. Two planners?! Trust me, I used to think the same thing, before I started my blog. I used to keep everything in my Erin Condren planner, including to-do’s for my other business. However, with the decision to start a blog, came the need for an editorial calendar. I now use my Erin Condren as an editorial calendar and my Inkwell Press as my personal planner. I’ll go into how I use both planners in more detail in a future post.
Related: My 2017 Inkwell Press Planner Setup
My Macbook is another vital tool in how I balance being a mompreneur and household duties. Mainly, because without a good, reliable computer, I wouldn’t even be able to work at home! Both of my businesses are conducted online, and while having a smart phone helps, it’s hard to be professional without an actual keyboard. Plus, I take a lot of pictures, and need a way to edit them.
That brings me to my camera! Now, while I will encourage the use of a DSLR so that you have more control, you don’t need anything too fancy. This one is a great option for beginners, and this one is the one I currently use. I love Nikon cameras, and don’t think you could go wrong with any of them.
One small tip I’ll give on that note: If you can take the time to do a bit of research, you’ll be way better off buying the camera body on it’s own and then buying a separate lense to go with it. A fixed lens is generally better than a zoom lense since it doesn’t have moving parts. I’d suggest a 35mm as your first lense if you go that route. It’s a pretty good general lense!
A Journal (or Notebook)
Finally, I always say it is so important to keep a journal. It doesn’t have to be a traditional “Dear Diary” type of journal. Just a nice notebook and pen that you can keep with you. I’m never without some sort of notebook! I use it for brain dumping, to-do lists, ideas and inspiration, etc. I know a lot of people like to do this on their phones and tablets these days, but there is just something about pen and paper for me. If technology is your preference, then go for it! The important thing is that you have somewhere to jot down all of these things that go through your mind on a daily basis. It helps keep you on task, and keeps everything in one place.
If you’re a work-at-home mom, struggling to make it through each day without feeling like you’re drowning, you know how important organization and balance are. These are the things I feel are the most important tools to get me through a day. Without them, I may not have made it as far as I have with my businesses. Do you find yourself using these tools a lot? I’d love to know what your list looks like! Feel free to leave a comment below with your favorite mompreneur tools.