How well do you balance your work and home life?
For me? Well honestly, sometimes I haven’t done a very good job.
Super Vulnerability Time: I love my business. I have a ton of fun in my business. And sometimes I get so wrapped up in what I’m working on, that I don’t want to stop.
I’m also constantly having to work on my time management skills. (You’ve probably heard me mention this before, like in this blog HERE.)
Because if I don’t work on time management, it’s so easy for me to get distracted and spend the day clicking on ridiculous Buzzfeed articles, cute pet videos, and stupid quizzes. (Why yes, I do want to know if I’m more like Tina Fey or Amy Poehler.)
When that happens, it usually means I’m working through dinner and the evening to get my blog posted, or my mom’s blog, or our Testimonial Tuesday or some other thing that is on a deadline.
Last week, I actually forgot about making plans to go for a walk with my partner and I just kept working.
When stuff like that happens, I feel like I fail my partner and I fail our relationship. And quite frankly, that sucks.
Because I love my partner and love spending time with her.
But I actually believe that in life, there is no failure. Either you win or you learn. And so, I’m learning how to balance my business and my life all the time.
Here’s some of what I’ve learned:
1. I make the rules. Or more specifically, my wife and I are making the rules up together as we go. We focus on communication to see what works for us and what doesn’t and adjust from there.
2. I have to focus on time management to get my work done. When I do this well, I feel accomplished and have time for my partner. When I don’t, things start to fall apart a bit.
3. I write down what has to get done for the day and do it in order of importance. I am obsessed with using Google Keep for this. It helps to Keep me on task. (Get it?)
4. When I’m done working for the day, I’m done. I don’t go back into my office. I don’t just sneak over to hop on my laptop and check email real quick, because for me, that’s a huge rabbit hole.
5. I keep some spaces in my house work-free – like the bedroom. Since I work from home, it can be easy to decide to lay in bed on my laptop and get stuff done. But when I do that, work very quickly bleeds into the rest of the day.
6. I’m learning my limits. And this is where it gets fun!
I’m booked up with clients right now, which is amazing! And I’ve realized I don’t have time to take on any more 1-on-1 clients right now in the same way that I have been. So, I’m in the process of figuring out what I can do to provide value in a way that will work for me and my time.
And with that, I have a pretty fun idea I’m testing with a few clients before I release it to the world! And I plan to share it with you all in just a few weeks! Yay!