When I decided I wanted to be an Entrepreneur, I didn’t have a guidebook telling me what my day-to-day life would be like, I had to figure it out. It’s easy to say that when working for yourself, you have more time to focus on family, but sometimes that’s not the case if you don’t manage your time effectively.
I am a mom of 2 princesses, 6 months and 2 years old, and I am an entrepreneur as well. Let me tell you, it gets tough sometimes but it’s all worth it in the end! My daily schedule is so routine that my kids even adapted to it like clockwork. In my world, family comes first, and there is nothing that comes before them or between them and me.
FIRST PIECE OF ADVICE
Find out what is most important to YOU. In some people’s worlds, their business is everything, and it comes before anything or anyone. In other people’s worlds, their circumstances are different, or they just don’t understand what is important to them in life and where to spend their time. Take a second and ask yourself, “What is important for me in my life right now and in the future? What are my priorities? Where and what should I be spending my time on each day?” For those of you that have, it figured out, congrats and keep up the great work. For others that are contemplating the questions that were just listed, I would love to hear your feedback and your plan in the comments.
Another piece of advice would be to MAKE A SCHEDULE and use your calendar/organizational system or anything you use to stay organized; this is very important because you will need to map out your day/week/year.
Add your family’s entire life in your calendar first (Or add what comes first in your life). Anything from breakfast/dinner time to extracurricular’s and even date nights. Then add your business ventures to your calendar. In my case, I center all of my business needs around my family time. Sometimes it isn’t that easy to do, or it may be impossible, but you have to figure out what the best system is for you, your family, and your biz.
When you are an entrepreneur, it is easy to get caught up on your computer, phone calls, and emails. TRUST ME, IT HAPPENS MORE TIMES THAN NOT! Value your time outside of your business ventures. It is a healthy move to STEP AWAY from your business and not let it control you. I understand the feeling of thinking you’re going to miss a lead or not be available for a client, but you must step away. During family time, put your phone away and if you’re out and about, let your phone go to voicemail. YOU WILL SURVIVE I PROMISE!