Just in case you didn’t know, I have 4 kids and I run a virtual assistant business and I train women (and some awesome dudes) how to create and run a profitable virtual assistant business. But here’s something you don’t know.
There are mornings where I just can’t get my shit together because something like this happened:
- I peed my bed (not me, my kid)
- I dreamt that a cat scratched me in the face and then I fell in a pool of water
- There’s a mosquito in my room
I can’t make this stuff up.
By the time my headache subsides and I’ve finished cleaning up the kitchen after the daily breakfast ritual I’m ready to work.
By 10 am I need to start thinking about what lunch my four hungry little people are going to eat once they get home from school.
So I start cooking and cleaning and before you know it, it’s close to 12 pm and I have an hour and fifteen minutes before I need to leave to get the kids. That gives me just enough time to write a few emails, maybe get a blog post written and fold the laundry that’s been sitting on my floor for a week.
Once my kids are home there is absolutely zero chance of me doing anything that is remotely close to getting work done. Because the moment I pick up my phone or sit down at my computer, my kids are all up in my face “mommy, mommy, HI!”. And let’s not forget all the homework. I swear, helping my kids with their homework in Hebrew will be the death of me.
So for those of you that think that it’s easy for me to run my two businesses, let this be a wake-up call for you that there are days that I can barely get anything done. There are days where I literally don’t get dressed and forget to brush my teeth.
There are days where I run around like a soccer mom, from a dentist appointment to swimming lessons, to parent teachers meetings. Oh, and did I mention I’m a PTA member?
So if you’re feeling overwhelmed and feeling like a failure because you’ve accomplished very little this week or even this month, join the club! And then, stop that. There will be times where your home and family need you more than work.
Adjust for that and don’t beat yourself up. G-d knows we are our own worst critic and I am here to tell you that you’re doing a damn good job.