As females and entrepreneurs, we take on a lot and think we have to do it all, putting ourselves last and everyone else first.
The mental load of women is the things we keep in our heads: calendars, appointments, chores, etc that occupy our mental space 24/7.
It’s essentially the job of an elite project manager… except we’re managing our personal life, and professional life, and family life… without pay and benefits. In other words, IT SUCKS.
This burden only expands with managing larger teams and household obligations. To help relieve some of your load, give yourself permission to let go of some things. Ask your partner to handle some tasks, delegate administrative work to your team, or invest in automation tools and software to clear up some mental space.
It’s important to note that when you delegate, whether it be to an employee, a partner, or your kids, you should no longer be responsible for that task.\ The mental load is not only about you being in charge of completing the task, but the mental energy that is required to initiate the help, follow-up, follow-through, if necessary.
When you give a responsibility to someone else, let it go. This may take some internal/external work and training upfront, but it’s going to pay dividends in the future. It’s a journey of trusting yourself and trusting others that nothing is going to burn(out) if you’re not directly in charge.
Focus only on your immediate priorities.