Meet: Jenn Kampmeier, "MomPreneur"
Finding Balance: I am the type of person that works best off of a schedule. My day starts at 5:00am with a workout. I take the next hour to review my day, meetings, pack my son’s lunch, etc. This is an important hour for me because it helps me get everything set for the day. I work an enormous amount of hours but one rule that we have established in our home is ‘technology free hours’. From 5:30om- 8:30pm no phone, no emails, no texts relating to work. During this time I connect with Zane and talk about his day, play a game or do an activity outside. I find it is extremely important that I devote that time to him so he understands that he is the most important person in my world. In addition, I take one night a month, hire a babysitter and take myself out. Sometimes I simply go and have dinner, go shopping, see a movie but the point is I am with myself and taking time to get my balance back.
Best Advice for a working mama: Be generous on the expectations that you set for yourself. You are not a superhero person and cannot do everything on your own. It is normal and perfectly fine to reach out for assistance. Learn to say NO! Don’t take on more than you can which will throw off the balance that you are trying to create. I rearrange my work so that I do miss school plays, sports events, special events for Zane. I recently called a business owner who I was going to meet with and asked her if we could reschedule our meeting because Zane had asked me to go on a play date with him. She was a mom and completely understood that those are special bonding times.
Top 3 must haves that make your life easier:
A good support system: I am a single mom so at times being a business owner I have meetings at night and need for a close family member to watch Zane. I also have different friends that I call depending on the ‘life situation’ that I am handling at the time. It takes a village to raise a child and to keep a mom sane!
A good organization tool: Whether that is a Smartphone, a notebook, a paper calendar. One place where you write everything down and carry with you.
Outsource when needed: For my business I outsource the accounting, graphic design, and legal items. This allows me to focus on what I do best which is running the operational side of the business.