How Parentpreneurs Can Find Work-Life Balance
“Everything in moderation, and there’s a perfect balance in this life if we can find it.” Ryan Robbins
As parentpreneurs, do you often hear that voice in your head that says:
“How am I going to find time to work on my business and look after my family?”
“How am I going to find time to go to that business event and fit everything else in?”
“How am I going to get any work done when the children are on holiday from school?”
“How do I bring all the business and family-life pieces altogether?”
To quote the actor Ryan Robbins “Everything in moderation, and there’s a perfect balance in this life if we can find it.” Work-life balance is something that most parents yearn for and I am a firm believer that you can find a work-life balance. It’s all about finding the right formula that works for you, your business and your family, keeping everything in perspective and your eye on the long-term goal you have set for yourself.
We have put together 5 key ingredients to creating the winning formula.
1. Family time Spending quality time with your children and partner, without distractions, strengthens family bonds and banishes any guilt you may have been feeling about working hard on your business. Create time for purposeful family moments, like watching a movie, a trip to a theme park, a holiday, the list can go on. Life is about creating memories, yes we want our children to see that we work hard but we also want them to see and experience the benefits of the labour. For many parents, the thing that motivates them most is their children and leaving a legacy.
2. Boundaries Create time boundaries with your family and friends, for example during my core working hours during the day, I put my mobile phone on airplane mode to cut out all distractions. If there is an emergency, my family and the school can call the landline to get hold of me. I very rarely work on weekday evenings between the hours of 4pm -7:30pm – that’s my core family time.
3. Systems and Processes In order to work towards achieving balance, you have to have systems and processes in place. It can be a pain to set up but in the long run, it’s worth it when your business is running like a well-oiled clock. Having a system in place makes it easier if you decide to outsource parts of the work you do.
4. Ask for help I did a blog post on this topic alone – you can find it here. At times it can get overwhelming when running a business and raising a family, whether it helps with childcare, financial help or just a listening ear – never be afraid to ask for help.
5. Self-Care Amongst the cooking, cleaning, sickness, business tasks and being there for your family, it is vital that you find time for you. I run a regular self-care challenge – you can find it here. I also did a blog post on the topic of why self-care is important for busy parent entrepreneurs which can be found here.