There is No Such Thing as Work/Life Balance
When you are a home business entrepreneur, you will be told you have to find the right balance between business, personal space, family and friends. Striking the right balance between them all is a job within itself and I believe it’s NOT necessary. Its undue pressure.
Family may intrude upon your professional space more than you expect, and this issue is more complicated when there are children to whom you cannot explain things. Hence, creating the right balance is the problem for most entrepreneurs, here are some ways in which you can go about it.
When starting out with your home business, you have to make it a point to involve your family members. Sit and discuss with them. Tell them what you intend to do. Explain to them how starting the home business will be beneficial to everyone.
You need to make a plan for conducting your business. Allocate fixed hours for it; these hours should be revealed to everyone in the family. Tell them to treat you as though you have gone outside to work. This works if the people in your family are mature adults and they realize the importance of your work. For kids, you might plan to employ a nanny who should be told about the timings well in advance.
Set up an office environment within your home. If possible, keep a separate room for your work, which is your home office. Keep a different ambiance altogether. Make it very much like an office. The more you make this resemble an office; the more people will understand that you are serious about your work. It will also create more seriousness within you, and you will focus more on your work.
You will find that your family does not become an interferer in your work. Instead, they will actually contribute to your work in various ways and help you to take your home business ahead.
Yes, all of this can work; however, let’s take a different look at the idea of balance. I have been a full-time entrepreneur for 13 years and I only realized a few years ago that I was trying to do everything at the same time. When I spent time with my husband, I responded to emails and text messages. When I was with my daughter, I talked on the phone to my business contacts.
I gave my family the best gift for Christmas last year; the gift of "being present”. What does that mean? Well, when I am spending time with them, I give them my undivided attention (at least I try). Your family wants you to pay attention when you are with them; it will make them feel like a priority - no matter how long you spend with them.
Try it for yourself. Pick a day and time and focus on your loved ones and do nothing else but enjoy the time together.
That’s it! No pressure. Remember, balance does not exist.