When I started this venture, I didn’t think working and raising a child would be as tough as it’s been. I mean, I knew it was going to be difficult but the reality is at least a good 10 times tougher than I expected.

I suppose, watching my mum work all her life and raise four kids gave me a false sense of hope. She worked from the crack of dawn till late evening on our family business, got home from work to cook us all dinner, bathe us, and put to bed. She did this seven days a week… At least I get the bloody weekend to do my volunteer work and relax with my family. She didn’t have that luxury… Hats off to the woman for all her hard work and dedication!

The journey has been eye-opening and fun! There are so many people in the same situation as me, and that gives me so much confidence to know that I can do it! I can be a mum, business owner and support my three favourite charities all at once. You might be wondering how I do it, right? Well, the first few weeks after I started this company were a blur and took a lot of getting used to – hence, the silence on social media and blogs. I learnt that the trick was to plan ahead. Organising every single detail in my diary to my best ability.

First and foremost, I set myself daily/weekly and monthly reminders. Things that I need to do without fail. I also set myself a daily checklist to ensure I have done all the things I planned to do on the day. This is my end of the day routine at 4pm. That way, I still have an hour to do anything that I may have missed earlier in the day – this is rare, but does happen if I have an emergency or two to deal with earlier in the day.

Another thing that works well for me is planning my personal life in advance. Meals, preps, cleaning, childcare and everything else you can think of. We have one family calendar and one wall chart planner with everyone’s appointments and whereabouts. This old fashioned way of keeping tab of everyone’s movements really helps keep us stay on top of things. It also helps me organise my work diary much better. I use my work calendars and another wall planner in the office to keep that side of my life in check.

Of course, this might not work for everyone. If you are a successful entrepreneur with little time to sit down and organise your life, you might find it useful to have an assistant like me! I can do all the organising and reminding for you.

Couple of my amazing customers rely on me for their daily updates, reminders and general admin tasks. Keeping their diaries organised and helping out with anything I can, has given them back some valuable time to focus on living a more balanced life.

Drop me a message at bonita@prosper-va.com if you think you could do with some help!

January has whizzed past already and that’s all thanks to the 12-14 hour days I have been working so far.

This month, I have promised myself to take time out every day to recuperate and realign myself. I must, must, must, remember to do Yoga every morning or evening. Or at least do 10 minutes of mindfulness exercises. Probably better to do them at night when my daughter is fast asleep! Where the chances of her wanting me are slim…

That’s it, I am adding it to my diary right now!

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As someone who is responsible for making the lives of others run smoothly, I think I forget that I am only one person and can only take on so much.

Which is why I am seriously considering taking on a freelancer to do some of the work. I will wait and see how the first quarter goes and if things are as busy as they have been, I will definitely be looking at taking on an extra pair of hands. I know some of my customers prefer I do certain tasks myself so I will continue to do those. Just because I absolutely enjoy doing them! 🙂

It’s a tough decision and I wish I could do it all! Sadly, that wouldn’t be very logical.

I just have to accept it when it’s time to grow my business and put new plans in motion.

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I have come across some amazing virtual assistants that I would really like to work with. They have the right level of patience, knowledge, versatility and drive I look for in colleagues.

It’s early days but I feel I am ready to take the next big step!

A very Happy New Year to everyone!

I hope you all enjoyed a much-deserved break over the festive period. I spent a great deal of time with my family and am already starting to miss the holidays! I guess everyone takes a few days to get used to being in the office again after Christmas.

As well as relaxing and having fun, I took some time to think about my plans for the new year.

I am glad I decided to take the leap and start my company, I get great satisfaction from being a PA/support to multiple entrepreneurs around the country and building long-lasting relationships with them. It’s amazing to watch businesses grow.

Without putting too much pressure on myself, I have set some realistic goals for myself this year. Both business, and personal ones. By the second quarter of this year, I would like to have taken on board two more customers, or one, depending on the monthly hours I have to work for them. With my current schedule and planning, I think this is pretty achievable.

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There is one thing I really need to work on, and that’s my social media presence. I find it quite easy to help others with their social media tasks but when it comes to working on my own, I start procrastinating. This has got to change this year! I have started using Buffer on a regular basis now and will take some time out every day to schedule my social media posts and interact with others.

On a personal note, I am going to try to do more for the three amazing charities I volunteer for. Read more books, take part in fitness activities regularly and finish writing my novel. Wish me luck!

With my business, a toddler and giving back to the community, 2019 is hopefully going to be the best year yet!