Thinking about joining B-School but worried about the time commitment? As a mother of 2 kids and a wife and a business owner I totally get it; time is p.r.e.c.i.o.u.s. What I’ve learned over the years is to approach my business and lifestyle from the perspective of integration rather than separation. So the question I’m always asking myself is, ‘How can I integrate this into my current lifestyle?’ Rather than, ‘Where can I carve out spare time for another activity?’
Here are some of the ways I’ve done that (particularly with young children around);
- Audio learning is the Queen of all in my world – I listen to podcasts and Blinkist and audio books while I’m cooking meals, cleaning the kitchen, picking up toys, going for a walk, pushing my kid on the swing set, and driving home from school drop off. Whenever you have ‘auto-pilot time’, by which I mean time where your unconscious mind is taking care of things, you can absolutely utilise the rest of your brain for something like learning.
B-School integration tip: All of the B-School training is available in audio, video, and written format so you can listen to the entire program while you’re folding washing if that’s auto-pilot time in your household.
- I ask my kids to get involved in my learning. In my experience, kids often don’t care what you’re doing, as long as they’re hanging out with you. If they think they’re helping you in some way, they’re even happier. I’ve turned this fact into a learning opportunity on more than one occasion. If I have a training program I’m working through and I want to watch it on a computer screen (as opposed to listening to the lesson while I’m cooking for example) I ask the kids if they want to sit and watch it with me. Then we discuss it. ‘What would you do?’ I ask them. ‘What ideas do you have?’ Then I encourage my daughter to get out a notebook and take some notes. She loves pretending to run a business. My son isn’t old enough yet to be making notes in a notebook but is usually happy to do his own ‘note taking’ if I provide a colouring book and some crayons. (And before anyone gets on their high horse, yes of course I also play jigsaw puzzles with them and run around in the backyard and read stories to them as well. Think of this more like dramatic play time where they’re pretending to be adults learning to run a business.)
B-School integration tip: Imagine how much of an advantage your kid is getting by absorbing all that entrepreneurial and marketing advice! More than that, think of all the positive messages they’re absorbing about the importance of learning and dedication and working toward your goals.
- As I’m working through ideas I’ll put them on post-it notes and move them around the wall. The kids love this. I get them to do their own post-it note game where the oldest one is coming up with her own ideas and ordering them according to her top priorities and the youngest one is just sticking colours on the wall according to his preferences.
B-School integration tip: Learning doesn’t just have to look like sitting in front of a computer. If you can work through what you’re learning in a more interactive way, your kids will love getting involved.
- Reinforce what you’ve learned that day at dinner time. Sitting down to dinner as a family is the ideal time to reinforce for yourself what you learned that day. Kids love hearing adults speak. They want to be a part of adult conversations. I’ve always acted as if my kids understand everything I’m talking about whether or not they actually do. I don’t try and dumb down the conversation to meet them at the level I’ve assumed they’re ready for. I operate on the assumption that they’re sponges and are capable of far more than society gives them credit for. So if I want to go through what I’ve learned that day to hear myself play it back and to see if there are any gaps in my learning, I’ll take the time to share my new found knowledge with my family.
B-School integration tip: You’d be surprised at what kids understand when given the opportunity. The quality of their responses are pleasantly surprising when you treat them like the intelligent and creative people they are.
- Work with increments of time. I love learning online because I have so much flexibility about how and when I do it. I also don’t need to set aside enormous chunks out of my day to learn. I find increments – an hour here, 90 minutes there, 2 hours one evening, and three hours on the weekend. If I waited to have 2 free days per week to learn, I would never do it so I don’t set that expectation for myself.
B-School integration tip: Find spaces of 10 minutes or more in your calendar and pop B-School into those spaces. Be aware of the story you might be telling yourself that you can’t learn in those small increments. Of course you can. Most B-School videos are around 10 minutes in length. If you have 6 or so 10 minute increments in your day or week, you can absolutely work through all of the lessons for that module.
- Got a friend who’s also thinking about doing B-School? Organise to meet up at a cafe for coffee once a week and work through some of the more challenging aspects of the program together. Don’t know anyone near you that’s interested in the program? Don’t worry you soon will. There are over 40,000 people in B-School. Once you enrol you’re sure to find someone in your neighbourhood who wants a study buddy. Through B-School I actually re-kindled a friendship with an old friend I’d lost touch and we’ve been supporting each other on our entrepreneurial journey ever since.
B-School integration tip: Make learning a sociable activity. Some people think that learning and working online is an isolating experience. I find the opposite. I find it incredibly sociable. It all depends on how you choose to show up.
- The truth is that no matter how busy we are, we always make time for things we’re passionate about. If building an online business and creating a different kind of lifestyle for you and your family is something that excites you, you will always find the time. And B-School is really fun! Working your way through a program that helps you distill your ideas down to something which you then turn into a real life program or product is a thrilling process that never gets old.
B-School integration tip: Give yourself permission to have fun and get excited. Work really doesn’t have to be a burden.
Finally, I think it’s really important to know that if you are serious about building a successful business, B-School will save you an extraordinary amount of time. I speak more about that in my B-School review right here, but the short of it is this; you can’t build a business alone. If you try, you will spend untold hours trying to figure out things that others have already worked out. You need a community of people who are travelling the path with you and who can point you in the right direction fast. That’s just one of the amazing things that B-School provides.
Also, don’t forget the bonus B-School Visibility Pack we’re offering when you sign up through any of the links on this website. As a proud affiliate partner of Marie’s we’re thrilled to be able to offer that to you at no extra cost to you.
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