I always wanted to know how to balance time between work an family when I was starting out on my online business as an entrepreneur, because I had people who lose one or the other if not done right.
I know one of the main reasons people become an entrepreneur is to spend more time with their family. This is especially true for people doing Internet marketing or running a home business.
I feel there is nothing better in life than when you can follow your dreams. That said, we sometimes find it hard to find the right balance in the various important aspects of our lives.
While managing all the important aspects of life is crucial, not many people are able to make informed decisions. Both careers and family can be very demanding, and we need to stay centered at such points in time.
Striking the ideal balance in life is beneficial in ways. Simply put, it helps you stay focused on your business goals without causing any compromise to your personal relationships.
So, the following are some tips to consider when balancing work and family life as an entrepreneur.
Set Weekends and Holidays As Family Time
Yes! You should consider reserving the weekends and holidays for your family. In particular, these days are convenient in many ways. And the best approach is to assign a day in the week for grocery shopping and laundry. I have people use up their entire weekend doing these two simple chores.
Setting aside holidays and weekends means everyone’s schedule is free at the same time. Therefore, this provides the perfect opportunity to spend leisure time together as a family. I have found going on a small road trip helps.
Eat At Least One Meal With Your Family
If you are as committed to your business as I am you may find yourself working overtime in pursuit of your entrepreneurial goals. That said, while this might be an excellent form of time management it may also be denying you quality time with the family.
Therefore, consider setting aside some time to engage with the family during meals. Sharing meals is by far one of the most important techniques you can use to spend quality time with the family.
A good recommendation would early morning during breakfast or at night for supper. You can even spice it up further by helping with the preparing and sharing of special meals during these times.
Avoid Addressing Work During Family Time
Once you have set down with the family, consider detaching from your devices including your smartphones and computers. These devices can be huge distractions, especially if you are in constant communication about your business.
No more responding to email or message notifications when you are spending precious time with the family. Addressing work issues may compromise the quality of time to spend together and it may also communicate the wrong things. In this case, it might show that you value your career more than your family.
Besides that, another useful suggestion for your work needs would be to work smarter in general. In this case, it might mean completing any tasks or responsibilities on time or even earlier. Using this approach will help you gain sufficient time to get down and spend time with your family members.
If you do any type of Internet marketing it can be difficult to know when you are really working or not. Here is what I mean by that.
Over the years I’ve seen people work on their business considerably longer than they really need to. Part of the problem is they’re not effective in the time that they’re really working.
Social media marketing has become one of the biggest time killers in terms of productivity. If you enjoy social media marketing you can find yourself spending a lot of time on Facebook and Twitter, for example, thinking you’re really working when in reality you’re just having a good time personally.
Minutes can turn into hours and this can rob you of Family time because it adds to the amount of real time you need to be working.
One of the best ways around this is to use a timer to complete specific tasks. Your smartphone probably has an app for this already.
You can just set a certain amount of time that you want to spend on social media marketing and then really focus on the marketing aspects of social media getting it done before the timer goes off. This time saver can really add to the amount of time you have to spend with your family.
Combine Business And Family
When is it too early to start getting your family involved in your business? I say get them involved from day one if you possibly can.
Many home businesses are ideal for husband and wife to run together. Not only do you get more done, but you’re doing it together which is combining family and business time.
You can even involve the kids in some aspects of your business if you want to research various ways to do that. This is a good way to help them learn how to earn their own money, and there are tax benefits that come into play here as well.
I’m always amazed at how technically savvy young kids are today. There’s no reason why you can’t teach them to do some Internet marketing right on their tablets and keep track of the time and pay them for it.
Another thing is to consider is what your spouse is good at and what you’re good at and then focus on that. When you’re doing what you like and are good at best, you can then outsource the rest. Then you really have a very effective combination of work and family time!
All things considered, there is no reason for poor decision making when it comes to balancing work and family as an entrepreneur. It’s important to strike the perfect balance because this has various benefits.
In fact, striking the balance in between these two aspects of life can skyrocket your success in many ways. The best way to achieve the given balance would be to make informed decisions each time.
Get everyone involved at all ages and then you are really maximizing family and business all day every day. If you can’t do that, schedule family time every day in the ways I have laid out in this article, and watch your business explode with combine efforts.
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