Do you ever crawl into bed at the end of a long day and say to yourself:
- “No one has ANY idea of everything I have done today.”
- Or “I’m exhausted.”
- Or “I don’t feel appreciated for all that I tried to do today”
I had a time in my business that I felt overworked, under appreciated, overwhelmed, and completely burnt out! As a result, it started to show in absolutely every single element of my life!
- My gross income was great – but my net income was awful!
- I had gained weight.
- I was unhappy – and would cry or yell at the drop of a hat!
- I’d jump out of bed at 5 am to check my phone and make sure I hadn’t forgotten anything.
I was trying to run three businesses, a team of 30-40 at any given time – and was trying to help in my husband’s business as well. I didn’t have anything else to give!
One of the biggest struggles that women face in business as a whole, but especially as entrepreneurs is that we are trying to juggle everything. As an entrepreneur, you don’t typically work “normal” 9-5 hours. You’re often trying to respond to emails after you’ve made dinner, cleaned up the kitchen, and put the kids to bed!
The really funny thing is that many women BECOME entrepreneurs so they can spend more time with their family. But they jump on the roller coaster of running a business, running a family, and still maintaining their own personal health and wellness – and find that they no longer really control their business OR life!
If you’re reading this – you probably completely understand, because I’m probably describing YOU! A busy woman trying to build a business and juggle a family!
So here’s some quick, easy to implement strategies to better balance work and home:
Don’t feel pressured toward perfection.
Have you seen Bad Moms? I think of poor Mila Kunis driving around, overworked, stressed out, spilling coffee all over herself. But then as she spent time with other moms, she realizes that everyone else around her was in exactly the same boat. They all felt compelled to perfection. Once she recognized and embraced that she wasn’t perfect and shouldn’t aspire to perfection – things started to fall into place. You CAN’T do everything – and you’ll be a lot happier if you don’t even bother trying! 😉
At work, prioritize what important matters needed to be accomplished first.
We often wear our busyness as a badge of honor. But the best way to really balance “everything” is to identify exactly what is most important. Pick your top three things that will accomplish your business goals. Get them done FIRST. Eliminate anything from your to do list that absolutely doesn’t need to be done, and delegate as much of the rest as possible! .
Do not be afraid to ask for help.
You don’t have to do everything. If you are in a position to do so, hire a house keeper. Join a meal delivery service. Get an administrative assistant. Just because you CAN do everything, doesn’t mean you should. When I learned that I was happier when food was delivered to my house on a regular basis – and it saved me from running out to get fast food – I joined a meal delivery service. On weekends I LOVE to get into the kitchen with a bottle of wine, but on a Monday night – sometimes it’s just nice to have it already handled – and I eat way healthier!
Take time off each weekend!
Oh my goodness! The freedom I found when I actually started turning my phone off on Sunday! I spend Sundays with my family. I go to church. I sit by the pool and read a book. But Sunday each and every week is my down time. Saturdays are family fun day – where we go out on the town, open a bottle of wine and try a new restaurant. Saturday is fun day. I don’t respond to phone calls and emails most of those days. I MAY check once in the evening, but my goal is to be disconnected from my technology on the weekends. To sleep in. To rest. To recharge. And to spend time with the people I love the most!
Being a business owner, a mother and a wife while you’re running a business is a challenge. You have to create a s schedule – a routine. But more than anything, you have to realize that you just can’t do everything for everyone all the time – and that is OK!
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