If you’ve wondered “How does she do it?” when you see another mom running an amazing business, A Day in the Life of a Mama CEO, is for you.
Last month Val Geisler showed us how she took a three-month maternity leave. She’s been back to work for over a year, and she’s sharing what her days look like as a Mama CEO.
Val, a Client Experience + Systems Strategist with a passion for digital entrepreneurs, crafts custom experiences to make entrepreneurs stand out.
Val is mom to 15-month old Eleanor. She lives in Ohio.
Eleanor wakes up (we call it “the baby alarm clock”) and our day begins! I head downstairs to get coffee and breakfast going for everyone while my hubby gets ready for his day. In the kitchen, I start listening to a podcast episode. Once my husband comes down and we’ve all eaten breakfast, I shower and get dressed before he heads out the door around 7:45.
On work days (every day but Wednesday), Eleanor and I are out the door by 8:15 for her morning daycare run. Eleanor loves her daycare and it allows me to take calls, do interviews, and have focused quiet time to work. I tune back in to my podcast on my way there and back.
8:30 – 10:59 AM
I’m home by 8:30 with a second cup of coffee and a big glass of water in hand. I always start my day by reading over my productivity journal notes from the day prior (more on that later). Then I turn to CEO tasks and inbox cleanup.
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
I do my calls and other extroverted things (including hitting up a noon CrossFit class three times a week) midday.
1:05 – 3:00 PM
In the afternoon, I tackle my projects. My mind wanders if I try to accomplish tasks in the 11–1 time slot, so 1–3 is my best time for calls with clients or talking to someone for a podcast. I do calls from my phone as much as possible (using Uberconference) so that I can walk around while we talk. Walking keeps me focused and listening. If I have to be on Skype, I turn off all distractions and try to stand for those calls. Sitting all day is bad for the body and mind!
3:00 – 4:30 PM
I pick Eleanor up from daycare at 3 and, after a quick snack for both of us, we grab the dog and go for a walk. I get to pop in my earbuds and tune in to more podcasts. I love personal development and podcasts are convenient for me when I’m on the go. If it’s not a podcast, I’ll listen to an audiobook or a download from an online course I have in my library. When we get home, it’s about 4:30 and my husband is headed home from his job as a nurse.
4:45 – 7:30 PM
We spend the next hour hanging out as a family, catching up on the day, and getting dinner prepped. We feed Eleanor while finishing prep on our dinner. She eats what we eat, but typically she’ll have our leftovers from the night before while we cook our dinner.
My husband and I don’t often eat together. Around 6 PM one of goes to workout. We trade off nights, and while one gets a workout in, the other stays home to put the baby to bed.
After the baby is in bed, we eat our half of dinner and either catch up on some writing (he’s in school in addition to his day job and I do most of my best writing at night), or if we are both home, we’ll watch some Netflix together. Oh, and one of us might clean up the kitchen or start some laundry!
After getting home from a workout, fed, hydrated, and showered, we both head to bed at the same time and chat about our evening, read a book, or scroll through some real estate (we’re currently house hunting). We typically have lights off and are asleep between 10:30 and 11.
Making It Work: Productivity Journaling
Productivity Journaling has changed my life! At the end of each day, I pull up a new note in my Evernote and write down:
- What worked that day.
- What didn’t work that day.
- What 3 things MUST get done the next day.
Even though I’m the only one who sees my journal, I never want to write “spent all day on Facebook” in my journal. It keeps me accountable to doing productive tasks each day.
It’s also important to note that the “3 things” for each day aren’t tasky things (like client work or invoicing or anything that has a deadline already). They are things that will move my business forward (think writing and promoting guest articles, reaching out to a new connection, making progress on my book, etc.). Keeping my daily journal takes a total of 5 minutes and sets me up to be incredibly productive in my limited working hours.
On Balance and Getting It All Done
I don’t believe in balance. I prefer flow. Work and life and kids and clients flow in and out of my days. Sometimes I work at 8 PM and sometimes I run errands at 10 AM. I work from a model calendar and let things evolve as needed during each day.
One Take-Away Tip from Val
Find time to get what you need. I do that by combining time for what I need (like a workout or a walk) while taking care of my family (like trading off nights with my husband or putting the baby in the stroller for a walk). I’m an introvert so alone time is important for me to rest and recharge.
Thank you, Val, for sharing a glimpse into your Mama CEO life!
Val is incredibly passionate about helping business owners nail their customer journey and make it stand out in a powerful way. She does this with 1×1 clients through Your Perfect Process. “When we are able to really land on a customer experience that feels good to the business owner, stay true to the brand, and leave thrilled clients in it’s wake, I’m overjoyed!”
Love the tip on productivity journaling! If you don’t use Evernote, you can use my all time favorite office tool—Post-its. Remember though, this isn’t your run-of-the mill to do list, these are things that Move Your Business Forward.
Have you tried productivity journaling? What’s one thing you’re putting on your list today to move your business forward? I’d love to hear in the comments!
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