Building and operating a business can be challenging, especially if you’re also in charge at home. After a busy morning of getting everyone else ready for their day, you may not feel as ready to get to work. Even more so if you are working from home. Find the right balance between work and home can leave you feeling that you’ve beaten more than you can chew.
And after a long day at work, you still have to come home to all of the left over tasks you have to do to keep your house in order.
Here’s a little bit of advice I’ve learnt along the way, while raising four children and building a business on how to juggle a busy life at home and at work.
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You Gotta Let Go of Stress
Taking care of problems both at work and at home can lead to feeling stressed or overworked, which can make it difficult to work effectively or enjoy time with your family. It may help to get a little bit of “alone time” between work and your family – whether it’s before you go to work or just after you get home. Giving you some space to breath a little before getting back into your hectic life.
For example; you might try leaving for work early and listening to your favorite music in the office, or go for a jog right when you get home. This will give you a chance to unwind and clear your head from the stresses of working or taking care of the household.
Find Quality Childcare
You may have a hard time staying focused at work if you’re concerned about the care that your children are getting while you’re not around. Make sure that you find nannies and babysitters that you trust completely, and that you feel are competent to be there for your kids while you’re away. This will help you become more productive as when you are at work you can give your full attention to the task at hand.
If you’ll be hiring help for childcare, make a list of all of the criteria that you think are essential in a caregiver. If they’re missing anything on that list, they may not be the right childcare provider for you.
See if you can set up a trial day with the prospective nanny or babysitter so that you can see how they get along taking care of your kids while you’re still there. That way, you’ll have no worries while you’re trying to take care of your business.
Being disorganized or planning activities at the last minute can have a negative impact on your mood and your work efficiency. If this happens or is happening in your life right now, this is not the time to feel bad about it – but the right time to make a change for the better. Try to keep your home and work area clean and well-organized so that you don’t have to sort through clutter to get things done.
When at home, this could be as simple as establishing a place to keep everything that you use regularly for work in one place. Or things you use to function everyday. You won’t have to worry about finding your keys if you put them in the same place every time you come home.
I could tell you about the time my husband and I went to our family in-laws and when it was time to leave we could find the keys for the car. We spend 45 minutes looking for it, only to find it right inside my husband pocket all that time.
I can tell you we learnt from that episode very quickly and organisation became a biggy in our home and relationship.
Bring The Two Together
Last but not least, preventing your home life from interfering with your professional life often means keeping the two separate whenever possible. Instead, find ways to combine the two however you can. I’ve come to understand that there is no such thing as work life balance.
We are all living life and we need to find tools and resources to help us live it well.
For example; rather than withdrawing to a home office while you try to get business-related work done at home, get your kids and your partner involved. Even if they don’t want to at the beginning they will be happy to participate when they realised that they get to spend more time with you. Win, win for everyone involved.
You’ve got this my fellow womanpreneur and I have every confidence in you to get the job done. Until next time.