Sometimes, running a business from home can leave you pulling your hair out in frustration. Feeling there is just not enough of you to go around. At some point, this may cause you to feel overwhelmed. Like you need an escape.
It is important that balance is found and maintained from the beginning. And, if that did not happen, it is best to get a handle on things now. Otherwise, it will only get worse.
- If you have a significant other, or children, or both, you may need to set ‘work hours’. Even if you don’t have anyone living with you, this may aid keeping things sane.
- Get your paperwork organized, and try to keep it that way. The less time you have to look for important papers, the faster things will go.
- Then make sure your office area is organized. Taking the time to do this now will save you time later.
- Enlist the help of your spouse and children. They can learn to do some of the tasks you do not have time for, such as filing, copying, faxing, and taking phone calls. They will learn valuable skills.
- Keep a calendar or to-do list handy, and write down everything that needs to be done. Having both will come in handy.
- Concentrate on work, not personal emails and messages.
- Schedule two days off a week.
- Schedule a long weekend once a month.
- Schedule at least two vacations per year, even if you and your family stay home for both.
- Make regular dates with each person in your home. Maybe a once-a-month date with each, Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday dinners as a family, and a regular bedtime routine where you are present.
- Make it a point to get to at least half of your child’s school functions, even if that means working off hours.
- Talk with your family. Laugh with them. Show them you are there when they need you.
- Schedule a day with your best friend once every month or two.
- Have a barbecue or dinner party once every few months.
- Go to the important functions, and do the rest if you have time.
- Delegate in this are too. Each family member should be expected to pitch in around the house, both inside and out. This teaches children responsibility, and important skills. You are all responsible for your home. Not just you.
- Consider hiring someone to watch small children while you work, or to clean once a week.
- Find a hobby as a family, and make it a point to enjoy the activity on a regular basis. Whether that is weekly or monthly.
- Have a hobby of your own, such as scrapbooking, crafting, or nature photography.
Share your ideas for balancing the important aspects of your life in the comments. Or, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shannon L. Buck
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