Those of you who know me well will know that the last 6 weeks have been a bit challenging. Running a business around toddler twins is all well and good when they are full of the joys of spring, but less good when they are laid low with winter lurgies (chicken pox, chest infections, and a couple of colds so far!). So perhaps its not surprising that I have found myself getting behind.
Thank goodness we have been back to full childcare for the last 2 weeks, but its taking me a while to start getting back on top of the workload, and this is traditionally my busiest time of year as we approach the 31 January tax return deadline. I’m having to be very careful with how many clients I take on with deadlines in the next 2 months, and I’ve worked til past midnight a few too many times. Its all taking a bit of a toll on my energy levels and lets just say I’m not doing my fair share of cooking and washing up!
But it really does make me stop and think how lucky I am to have such flexibility in what I do. I’ve been able to move meetings, juggle deadlines, be there for my children, and keep my business going. If I had been in a traditional job I would have to have taken a fair bit of time off – in all honesty I sometimes wonder how the primary carer in a family is able to hold down a 9-5 job with all the challenges of raising young children.
So although I’ve been getting behind, its good to see how well running my own business is working for me as a working mum.
I’d love to hear how you cope when your children are ill – and any tips for not getting too far behind!