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Balancing Business and Family
Many new business owners seek a balance in their work day but only some are able to successfully achieve a balanced life. Building a business is even tougher for parents who start businesses because they have to simultaneously run their families and their companies.
Here’s what you need to know about balancing your new business and your family.
Balance requires sacrifice
Ultimately, you have to give up certain activities in order to have the time to do other things. Whether i’s sleep, exercise, saying 'no' to opportunities, or being hyper-selective about the things you focus on, you’ll have to critically and honestly assess which activities you can stop (or substantially curtail) and which you’ll continue.
Balance requires minimizing major stresses that you can control
If cooking dinner every day is a huge stress, find ways you can reduce that stress. Cooking daily requires planning, shopping, preparing, cleaning, serving, cleaning-up, and more. It’s a major time commitment that interferes with your ability to do other things. Maybe you can’t hire a personal chef just yet, but can you find some ways to reduce this time commitment?
Balance requires prioritizing taking care of yourself
Most business owners ignore their own physical and emotional well-being. They are regularly sleep-deprived, rarely exercise, and tend to eat poorly. Be sure that you are your top priority throughout the week. Schedule time that’s all about you - to read, to exercise, to nap, to go out with friends, or to watch your favorite TV show.
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Most importantly, balance requires effort
Balance doesn’t happen on its own. You have to act and react - think about how you can create the life you want to live. Think about the stresses in your life and rank them. Look ahead one year and imagine those stresses are gone. What would you needed to have done in order to get rid of those stresses? Now go do those things.
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