5 Things You Can Do NOW to Work Toward a Comfortable Work/Life Balance
Women entrepreneurs who lead the double life of running a business and running a family are amazing to me. I’m only 3 years fresh out of college and the thought of “how would I ever raise a family while doing what I love to do?” always ran through my mind. After attending a couple conferences where women in business and MBA alumni spoke, a lot of them reassured me that it CAN be done – you can be both a super mom and a super business boss lady. Most importantly, you are setting a great example for your daughter (or son) on how doing what you love and working hard to reach the goals you’ve set for yourself is worthwhile.
But throughout all that hard work on both the personal and professional end, how does one find some sanity balancing the two? Although I can’t speak from a mother’s point of view, I can share some small tip on refreshing your mind and keeping yourself from pulling out that hair of yours!
1. Make a list, check it twice.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve found that women entrepreneurs are list-lovers. That strike-through you get to draw across an item on your things-to-do list may be the greatest feeling in the world! Set priorities each week – things to do in your personal life like running errands and in your professional life such as following up on a project. These weekly lists keep you organized and productive. At the end of the month, it’s also great to write down a tentative forecast of the month’s goals and to-do list. Lists are life-savers. If you’re not a list admirer now, I highly recommend joining the club!
2. Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize!
This really can be applied to anything job-related or even relationship-related in your personal life! The real challenge behind maintaining a work/life balance is making sure you’re at your happy medium. The best way to approach it is training your reactions to sudden changes at the work front and/or life events. Remember, you cannot control what happens to you, but you CAN control how you react to it. So be sure to know what’s most important to you, and keep the negative things at a low. Knowing yourself, your strengths/weaknesses, and knowing how you are personally gives you the advantage of how you choose to react to something. I know bad things happen at any time in your life, but remember to use that emotion as a fuel for your work projects.
3. Go off the grid.
In today’s technology-driven world where we are constantly in contact with people in every digital manner you can think of, we have to sometimes unplug. It’s a great way to refresh your eyes and just have some thoughts to yourself. For myself, I work a lot with social media – marketing my projects and spreading brand awareness – so my eyes will always be glued to a screen on work week days. It’s good to just turn off all notifications on your phone from anything work-related for the weekend or even an hour a day. Do-it-for-you social media will always be there.
4. Get out of the box!
Seeing the same things at your home or office space every single day can become mundane and draining. Go out for a walk, catch a night Broadway show, or attend a sporting event. Whatever you choose, do something that doesn’t confine you in a space you’re so used to seeing everyday. And most importantly, do something that you wouldn’t normally do. For example, artists attending a science-driven event. Doing things out of your comfort zone is healthy and can become inspiring for the next big thing on your list! And you’ll never know what other people you will meet and network with at those events.
5. Keep being you and forget the negativity.
Unfortunately, there are those folks out there who try to tear you down and maybe you can get the occasional voice in your head in moments of weakness. DO NOT LISTEN TO THEM! Those types of people and thoughts are a waste of time and have no value or room in your ambitious life. These are just challenges in life that test your strength in overcoming an obstacle. You’ve gotten this far in becoming a entrepreneurial woman – why let these thoughts run your mind?