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I’ve decided to chronicle my journey to having baby number two while taking care of a toddler and getting things done. Why? Because IT’S NOT EASY!

I am one of those women who is very sick her first trimester. I keep thinking to myself. Why oh why did I do this again? I forgot how bad it got. To be honest, I want to do nothing but lie down in my first trimester. I feel nauseous, dizzy, fatigued, and starving most of the time.

Obviously, I can’t just not do anything. One, I would be bored to tears! It’s just not in my nature to accomplish nothing. And two, I have too much to get done. As an ambitious business woman, I cannot just shrug off my responsibilities. No matter what is going on in my life, I need and want my business to grow and flourish.

 

Tweet: To makes sure I have a good work/life balance; I have to be ruthless with my schedule. http://ctt.ec/6TOhU+ @laureenoliphantTo make sure I have a good work/life balance; I have to be ruthless with my schedule.

 

To make sure I have a good work/life balance; I have to be ruthless with my schedule. There are three things that have been helpful in helping me get things done while I’ve been going through my first-trimester journey.

 

1. Be flexible
I make a schedule for myself every night. But I know that as a mom, especially as a pregnant one, that I cannot plan on doing something at exactly 1 pm because something could come up. Of course, even as a single entrepreneur that could be true.

I make sure I prioritize three things I need to get done the next day. Since I am not sick the whole day, I know I’ll have some time during that day where I feel I can be super productive.

 

2. Be prepared
I try to get things done for my toddler the night before. I know that as soon as he wakes up, he wants to drink a bottle of milk. The night before, I fill his sippy cup with milk and put it in the fridge. Usually, it’s not until an hour later that he’s interested in having breakfast.

Another thing I prepare is my work for the next day. Right now, I’m trying to finish writing my book, 6 Figure Mama. That is my number one priority in my business. I pull up the book file on my computer and then put my computer to sleep. That way, the first and only thing that pops up on my computer the next day when I’m ready to work is my book.

 

3. Set Boundaries
I don’t know why but as entrepreneurs who work from home, we have a hard time saying no to people. Here’s the thing. Every time you say yes to something, you are saying no to something else.

Boundaries are necessary to be successful in your relationships, business, and more. When boundaries are not set, it can lead to resentment, hurt feelings, anger, frustration, and broken relationships.

 

Tweet: When boundaries are not set, it can lead to resentment, hurt feelings, anger, frustration, and broken relationships.When boundaries are not set, it can lead to resentment, hurt feelings, anger, frustration, and broken relationships.

On days when I know I need to get stuff done, I make sure that everyone knows that I’m super busy on those days and cannot take on anything else. I tell them as firmly and lovingly as possible.

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