How To Become The Kanye West of Work/Life Balance
Is there such a thing as a “Work-Life Balance”? This seems to be an issue many business owners (particularly women) often come across. A few months ago, I was on a consultation call with one of my clients and began preaching about the importance of time management and how important it is to the success of any business. She expressed the hurdles that she often comes across with her business, running a household, and taking care of her now three year old daughter.
I gave her a brief overview of the difficulties that I once faced as a mom of a newborn baby when I began to fully run my first company. The lack of sleep, the constant attention needed, not being able to have time to myself … I can go on and on. I sat down and began managing my business around being the mother of a now 4-year old boy.
IS IT ALL JUST A MYTH?
Honestly, it depends. The reality is that people make time for what they want. Don’t get me wrong, it is not easy and it does take work. However, if you do not take the time to find out what works for you, it will not happen.
If you make it a priority, do your best, and make the proper adjustments then it is completely possible.
DO NOT HANDLE SO MUCH AT ONCE
“Work-Life Balance” is often described as a cycle, not an achievement. This is something that has to be tailored toward your (and your family) lifestyle. In order to become successful at this, its is important to remove things off of your plate that makes it hard for you to balance it all. Think about things that you simply do just to do, without any added benefit.
For example, I enjoy staying in. I go out once in a while, but it isn’t a daily thing at all. So when I can’t go out or it doesn’t necessarily fit my schedule, I learn to say no. It just does not benefit me. I’m kind of a busy person (taking care of family, raising a baby, running a business), so when I’m out it’s usually for one of those three things.
THE IMPORTANCE OF TIME MANAGEMENT
Time Management is that one thing that can either make or break the success of a business, or even your life. As the owner of a business, time is of the essence and I have to admit, its easy to forget that.
Here are some great ways to make time-management your number one priority:
Have Work Hours and Stick To Them
This has to be one of the most important steps to effective work/life balance. Set work hours and stick to them! This applies to both a part time and full time schedule. It can be 8 hours, 4 hours, or even 3. Whatever isn’t finished at the end of your workday can wait until the next workday.
Play Into Your Strengths
Use your strengths and take advantage. If you are a morning person, delegate the most difficult (or tedious) tasks/assignments in the morning and leave the easier task for later in the day, or night … and vise versa.
Plan Long Term
Plan for days, or even weeks at a time. I personally have a planner with time blocks to schedule my time hourly. I use Zebra Midliner Markers to color coordinate my time. For example. Red is urgent, blue is baby, green is finances, and brown is business.
Creating a schedule, learning to remove some things off your plate, and resting will all make the responsibility of having a successful work/life balance so much easier. Keep in mind that this is a trial and error thing. Figure out what’s best for you and then adjust when needed. And also remember that every day isn’t necessarily a perfect day, and that’s ok.