While many entrepreneurs love what they do, they also know how important it is not to neglect their personal well-being and the welfare of their families. Finding “work-life” balance can be challenging at times and difficult to manage, especially if you are a single parent. While it may seem impossible to find free time, there are ways you can hone in and find that sweet spot that allows you to take good care of your physical and mental health, tend to your personal matters, give your family quality time as well as adhering to your professional responsibilities.
Incorporating the following five approaches into your daily life could bring a successful work-life balance is into your future!
Surround Yourself with Reliable People
Mastering the balance between my professional and personal life has become a conscious effort. Nothing is ever perfect, but if you surround yourself with reliable people both professionally and personally, not only are you building good solid relationships but you will have a network of people who you can depend on to help you get through your day efficiently. If you are anything like me and have to be the one that “does it all,” you might be hesitant to ask for help. However, once you begin to see how much easier your life will be through the help of others, you will ask yourself why you didn’t ask for help sooner!
Your friends, family members and employees who are dependable are a key to achieving success in finding balance. Gratitude plays an important role as well. Be grateful for your close circle of good, trustworthy friends, family members and employees. Remember to pay it forward and show them your gratitude by helping them when they are in need. It’s not all take; giving is important too.
Don’t Be Afraid to Delegate Tasks
Don’t be afraid to dole out tasks to your reliable employees when you are out of the office and have other matters to attend to. By relying on your staff, you ensure that you are using your time wisely. For example, there are probably many emails and phone calls that you can have an employee respond to on your behalf. I took great care in my search to find a strong, capable and trustworthy team so that when clients need assistance and I’m not available, I have confidence in knowing my clients are being taken care of in the same manner as if I were there personally. My team has played a major part in helping me sustain my reputation whether I am in the office or not.
Delegation doesn’t mean just at the office. When it comes to children, teaching them to be independent and responsible to pitch in at home can take a lot of stress out of the day. For example, have your children make their beds, set the dinner table and clean up after themselves to help maintain the household. My children are willing to pitch in as they respect and understand that I have a large responsibility in running my law practice and that it is part of who I am. They also know that I am committed to making sure I carve out special family time for them each night that I get home from work as well as on the weekends.
Prioritize Your Day
It’s very easy to become overwhelmed with a booked calendar. However, prioritizing the needs of both your family and business can get your daily routine off to a productive start. You will find that setting up your day in priority order can give you a better handle on maximum utilization of your time. As a single mom who runs a business, I can’t leave anything to the last minute. By setting up my day to account for what I need to accomplish helps me create a work environment that allows me to also have a backup plan should something last minute come up that I must attend to. For example, today was a full day, but I had to take my daughter to buy something that needed my assistance. I scheduled that task during my lunch hour so it wouldn’t take me off my work schedule. From soccer games, doctor appointments, work-related meetings and more, proper planning and having your team ready to step in when you need them will most certainly help you achieve your day’s work-life balance.
Never Doubt Yourself
We all have self-doubt and that’s normal. As a single mother, I sometimes tell myself that I can’t possibly be great as both a parent and businesswoman. I have grappled with this mentally many times since I want to be the best at everything that I do. I often wonder if I was at home, would it be better for my kids if could spend my time with them making cookies or be able to see them off the bus every day. I ask myself if my business would be further along and bigger if my law practice was all I had to focus on. Truthfully, being both a parent and growing my business has been so rewarding and has ended up being really nice balance in my life. Keep the lines of communication open and ask your kids for patience and understanding in what you do. Find ways to include them in your work as this will help them to understand why it’s so important to you. If you remember to tell yourself every day that you are doing the best you can and that your intentions are altruistic you’ll chase away those pesky self-doubting thoughts.
Pencil in “Off the Grid” Time
Finding the time to take yourself “off the grid” is vital to keeping balance. I’m not going to say I haven’t been guilty from time to time of working on vacations and answering business-related emails during family time. Sometimes I have to take care of things that need my immediate attention and there are some days that it’s impossible for me to put my work on the back burner. However, I make a conscious effort to put down my phone when I get home. When I’m ready to go on vacation, my staff is instructed to contact me only when something becomes a sense of urgency. It’s important to know who you are, what you can give and where you’re willing to draw the line when it comes to work and family.
As a parent and business professional, it’s best to approach each day in a relaxed manner and know that you are doing the best you can to maintain that balance between your work and personal life. By setting goals, prioritizing your tasks and relying on your closest circle of dependable people, you’ll be able to master the balance needed for succeeding both professionally and personally in no time!