Let’s break it up by how I chunk up my days by the hour
If you’ve read my blog, “Why I went from being a full time working mom, to a stay at home mom, and back to a working mom“, you’ll know that it has taken some steps to get to where I’m at now, but where I’m at now is in a true groove. A good groove!
I was talking with friends the other night and one of them asked me if I’d consider leaving my job and going full-time with my prenatal and postnatal business again and I actually said no. Or at least, maybe not right now. I really love my job, and I really love my programs and clients in the women’s fitness space, and I REALLY love being a mom. So how do I balance it all?
What DO I do as a full time working mom and a side entrepreneur?
Let’s fill you in:
- Full time job: Facility Manager and Coach at ISI Elite Training Greensboro. I work there 4 days a week and work from home on Friday’s to be with my son. I get to help people every day step into a space where they get to work on themselves, check out from reality, and find community. It’s an uplifting environment and I work for and with the GREATEST people.
- Side business: I feel like it’s not fair to call it a side business, because when I’m working on my business, it’s full-time. i’m all in, I’m focused. I offer prenatal and postnatal fitness programs and services on carlybuehler.com. From 8-week core and pelvic floor program for Postpartum Women, to a 4-week Prenatal Fitness program, and even customized training programs. Just to name a few. This business was born out of passion, necessity, and a desire to HELP women as they went through the prenatal and postnatal season of their life.
Now, when I started my business, focusing on womens fitness, I was a stay at home mom to my son who was, at the time, a baby. I had a lot more time to dedicate to the business, and a lot more nap periods to work with. Now, the business has grown from only offering 1 program (The Postpartum Method) to offering 2 programs, 1-on-1 and downloadable guides, all while going back to work full-time.
I’m not saying I’m superwoman because I am NOT, and juggling it all gets difficult at time. But I’ve leaned into times of the day that I know can be dedicated to ME and what I want to do… The mornings 🙂
Before I dive in and break down my day-to-day for you, let me first suggest that reading the book “The Miracle Morning” in 2021 was game changing for me and THAT is how I’m able to wake up early AND be productive
Here’s how I break up my days:
- 5AM wake up (or should I say, alarm goes off)
- 5AM-7AM: workout AND/OR work on my business
Usually work during these morning hours include programming workouts, scheduling emails, editing the webpage, creating content for Pinterest and Instagram, or setting a schedule for the rest of the week.
- 7-8AM: whole family is awake and we get ready for daycare drop off
- 8AM-4 or 5PM: work at my full time job
During down time (lunch, little breaks, or even going to the bathroom) I will publish content to Instagram, send check in texts to my clients and mamas, and check emails
- 5-8PM: daycare pick up, family dinner, play time, bed time
- 8-10PM: time with my husband and dogs then bedtime
*sometimes 8PM hour is reserved for live group coaching calls or catching up if I REALLY need to. And depending on the season, my husband referees soccer 1 night per week, so that becomes my work time as well (after bed time of course!)
All in all, I work on my personal business about 2, maybe 3 hours per week day.
But what about the weekends?
- If I still have a lot to do or am preparing for a launch I’ll still get up around 6 to work for about an hour before the family wakes up. Usually my husband and I swap times for a morning workout and then we hang out together until nap time.
- During nap time, I’ll catch up on the final pieces of work that I need to. (he naps usually 12-2:30)
- And then I clock out for the rest of the day!
If i had to tally it up, I’d say I spend 10-15 hours on my business per week.
Most days are busy, like REALLY busy, and I am a very efficient worker. I get things done quickly, without much hesitation (which is how I started all of this in the first day, no second guessing!) So my days might be busy and jam-packed, but they are busy doing things that I LOVE and enjoy.
That’s where the magic comes from. I started this business not because I was looking to start a business, but because I was ready to help women. I had the education, they have the need. Magic happens when you’re not looking for it.
If you’re reading this wondering where your magic is, let me make it very clear that I’ve gone through heartbreak with jobs before. I’ve worked jobs that no longer fulfilled me, made me cry at night, and just weren’t IT. So if you’re in that phase, keep going. Promise me that? Your magic is out there.
Just look for what you love
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