Let’s discuss Creating a work-life balance. If you’re still an employee transitioning to one day becoming a full-time entrepreneur this email is for you too. One of the most distracting parts of beings full-time entrepreneur is the overwhelming feeling of not having a balanced life. Those moments when you feel as if you’re giving too much time to your work and not spending enough time with your family/friends or those times you have projects due and you feel guilty for not being in front of your computer because you’re spending the time with the people you love.
As I’m typing this newsletter. I am at my son’s orthodontist appointment. Which means less time I’m going to spend in front of my computers when I get home with him.
I’ve learned that communicating with my family is key. My calendar is open to them. To be honest. I keep a dry erase board in our home with all our appointments and all of the times I will be out of the home too. I am home when my son gets home from school and I try my best to not be in front of the computer. That is our time to spend together. I want to hear all about his day. I want to embrace him with open arms. I never want him to feel as if work comes before him. When he arrives home we have reading time together, that’s when I can catch up on reading. While he’s watching his favorite TV show or playing videos games. That’s when I’m working. But I’m near him and I try to not do this all the time too. I also work while the Mister is watching football or basketball. I invested in the laptop so I can pretty much bring it with me where ever I go.
When I know I have a project Big project I communicate to my family so they do not feel left out.
I’ve learned how to menu plan so I’m not spending hours trying to figure out what’s for dinner and also running to the grocery ever second.
What I do
- Once a week a menu plan and that day I also run to the grocery store for the ingredients needed.
- I take my clothing out and Iron for the week for myself and for my mini me (I allow him to select his clothing).
- I have my set “Me Day” and my set implementation day/time.
- I have date nights for the Mister and myself.
- I also have dates for my mini me and I.
- I wake up before my family (my goal time is 3:30 am, I go to sleep pretty early.)
When I’m at my son’s appointments and practices I take my laptop or iPad when needed. I do not take them to his games because I want him to know that I am paying attention. Unless we are there super early and I have time.
He will be home with me for the summer so I have a bucket list for us. (there are plenty of fee events going on, especially if you have small children.)
Try to plan out your day. I typically create a to-do list the night before and during that time I review my calendar.
I’ve learned that communication is key. Speak with your spouse and/or children to see what works best for them. What they like and dislike. You may be surprised at what their feedback is.
I just want to let you know that you can’t be everything to everyone, stop spreading yourself too thin. You have to pick and choose your time wisely, you have to learn how to invest in a coach and a virtual assistant (there are very affordable virtual assistants out there).