Since starting my own business I have been struggling with finding that ever elusive life balance. I have family responsibilities, a full-time job, and my business. My business has been steadily growing, but my kids are growing even faster! It is important to me to spend as much time as possible with them. I eventually want to replace the income from my job with my business – eventually sounds so far away. I want to accomplish that soon!
So I have been trying to figure out how to make it all work. I am sure most moms face a similar dilemma! I have started doing a few things that have helped. I am still tweaking and adjusting the process, but what I am doing is helping. I am sharing it with you as a starting place for you to try to fit everything in and find your life balance.
I sit down and figure out what I need to accomplish each month. This seems to work best at the end of the previous month. First I look at what I accomplished in the past month. This is very important! You need to see what you have done and celebrate it! So many of us forget this part. Acknowledging and celebrating successes encourage and motivate you to keep going! “Yes, I am actually getting somewhere!”
Now list out the most important things you need to accomplish this month. Don’t list too many or you will just overwhelm yourself! Three to five is a good number, depending on how big of a task each one is. Then list out everything you need to get those things done — resources, training, supplies, etc. You want to make sure you know what you need to do and have everything ready so you can “git ‘er done!”
Weekly Goals & Schedule
Once you know what you need to do this month, sit down and schedule out your week. Do this every week. I like to do this on Sunday evening. Look at your monthly tasks and map out time that you will work on each one. The trick here is to not schedule too much time for your business at the expense of your life. Remember you have to leave time for your family. This is where I struggle. I know I have lots to get done to get my business where I need it to be. After all I want to replace the income from my job – soon! But I also want to spend time with my family.
I discovered that spending even an hour or two a day on my business works. Some days are going to require more time depending on the task. The important thing is to make sure that the 1-2 hours is dedicated time. Go somewhere so you won’t be disturbed so you can concentrate on what you are doing – distraction free. Let your family know your schedule. If they know that you will be working for an hour or two and after that they will have your undivided attention, they usually will respect that because they know what’s going on.
Now stick to your schedule! This is very important!
I have found that even small chunks of dedicated time gets me so much further than hours of interrupted time. It is also less frustrating and stressful. Think about times you have been trying to work on something and your kids ask you for something. Or the phone rings. Or any number of other distractions. If you can eliminate those for even a short amount of time, you will be so much further ahead! And, you can then spend quality time with your family afterwards without constantly thinking that you need to get back to working on your business. Makes it so much more enjoyable! You feel better and your family notices that you are actually present with them. Everyone benefits!
Is Life Balance a Myth?
That is still up in the air. Some say it’s possible, and some say it’s not. It is really an individual thing. So, give this method a try! With a little planning and scheduling, you can get closer to having life balance – and feel a little less stress too!