When you start a business, you will be working hard. If you had a standard job before, working for someone else, you might find that the difference now is a big one, and you’re actually working many more hours just to boost your business and get everything done (especially if you’re the only person working there). This can be what your business needs, but it’s not good for your work-life balance, and if you have a family to care for too, things can quickly start to get very difficult indeed.
You must create a good work-life balance for yourself that allows you time to work, to be a mom, and to be yourself. With that in mind, here are some ideas to help you get there.
Block Out Specific Time
With just 24 hours in each day, and around six to eight of those hours taken up with sleeping, you’re going to need a good schedule to ensure you can do what you need to do both at home and work. This means blocking out certain periods to do specific things in. You will need time for work and time for family.
Ideally, you will want to keep these two areas separate, but this might not be possible right from the start, and you may need to be a little flexible. However, as time goes on and you can separate things more, you must do so – it’s the best way to ensure you don’t work too hard and don’t neglect your own mental health and the wellbeing of your loved ones.
Do Less Work
Your business is sure to be important to you, and it might feel as though you need to be working in it as much as possible, but when you stop to think about life in general, you’ll realize that although your business is important, it shouldn’t be everything – you must, when you can, do less work.
Yet how can you do less work and still grow your business? Surely this isn’t possible? The answer is in outsourcing. You can outsource anything from IT services to accounting to marketing and much more. You’ll need to find a reputable white label agency for your marketing needs, for example, but once you have, you can take a little more time to be with your family. Although there will be a cost associated with outsourcing, that cost can easily be offset by the fact that you can relax and unwind, coming back fresh and ready to work, and being more productive because of it.
There are certainly both pros and cons to multitasking. Once it was seen as something that should be applauded and celebrated, something that every business owner should try to do as much as possible. Now this isn’t necessarily the case, and the received wisdom is that multitasking simply means you will do more, but you’ll do it to a lower standard. For many, doing less but doing it very well is a much better option.
Yet there will be times when multitasking is possible and when you should do it. You might be delivering a service somewhere, and you can also put leaflets through doors at the same time to advertise your services, for example. If you can combine any tasks and get them completed simultaneously, you will be saving yourself time that can then be spent at home, doing something you enjoy with the people you love.