Work-life balance is something that every entrepreneur with a family has to deal with at some point. Work-life balance is a dead horse that’s been written about thousands of times. However, my world has been a little crazier than usual lately and it may be helpful to know how I’m approaching the problem and how I’m adjusting.
It’s particularly easy to get off balance when a major life event rears its head. In my case, my family and I recently moved to beautiful Fernandina Beach, FL. Compound that with my daughters being out of school, and it’s been a rough couple of weeks.
I’ve never been busier in my life. Deep Field is doing really well, so my workload has increased dramatically over recent months and the lack of a routine, defined workspace, Wifi (you’re welcome Verizon data overage charges) have amplified my stress levels.
I was contemplating my lack of work-life balance on my evening walk today. How could I enjoy spending time with my family when I had so much work to do? And how could I accomplish what I need to accomplish when I feel that I haven’t been able to spend enough time with my family that day? In the end, I just decided to cut myself some slack and realize that it might take a little longer to get into a solid routine… and that’s OK.
Here are a few things that I’ve been doing the last few days that seem to have helped tremendously.
Maximize Productivity While Working
I’ve been getting less time to work overall, so I’ve had to really focus and maximize my efforts when I do get a few hours to myself. Productivity basics like turning off my phone, batching, and minimizing distractions (email, notifications, etc.) have helped.
Back to Working at Night
Hopefully this won’t be a permanent change, but I’ve had to start working more at night after the rest of the family has gone to bed. I don’t like working long hours at night – gave that up in my 20’s – but it’s a necessary evil for the time being. That’s been my most productive time of day recently.
Knowing That It’s All OK
If you know me, you know that I’m very passionate, driven, and determined, but I’m also very calm, level-headed, and (dare I say) stoic. I know that I’ll get everything done, I know that my clients will succeed, and above all, I know that my family will thrive. It’s OK if things are a little bumpy for a month or so.
What advice do you have for finding work-life balance, whether it’s after a major life event or just in general. Leave a comment below and let’s find more balance together.