Oh the horror!
We try so hard to create this balance. It's like a mythical creature. Is it really there? Does it really exist?
Take me for example. My office is in the middle of my living room. Ok, to the edge of my living room, but still it's smack-dab in the middle of my living space.
You can look at it two ways I suppose: 1. There is no balance whatever because the "office" is right there, so you're always working. 2. Exactly the opposite. There's great balance because the office is right there so you always have the opportunity to get more work done.
Me? I'll go with # 2. I think I have a great work life balance! That's the reason I started this company. Wow, I can get this and that done by noon, have some lunch, do some gardening, back to work for a few hours, run some errands, fix supper, watch the news, back to work for a few more hours. Working in chunks of time really works for me. It's a great balance. I have more energy than when I used to work in the corporate world. More interest in my home life too. More appreciation for, well, everything.
And I get a lot more done.
When I started my business I said, "Ok, I'll work 9-5 then shut off the computer." I was still in the "employee" mindset. Starting your own business and then working your own business, well, we all know it's not a 9-5 job. It's a whatever-it-takes-to-get-it-done job. And that's the joy of it. That's probably why we're small business owners. That entrepreneurial spirit. We did not start on this path because we wanted the safety and security of a 9-5'er, that's for sure. We started on this path because there simply was no other choice. It's in our blood! It's who we are! We're entrepreneurs! We can not help it!
And so, as much as we may try to keep work work and personal personal , our work goals align with our personal goals. As an entrepreneur, they should. Take a close look at how they can compliment each other. "I'm going to work on X so Y can thrive." That's pretty much goal writing right there, and so it is in this instance too. The only difference is that you're not writing this goal to enhance the bottom line for "the man", but to enhance the bottom line for YOU! For something in your personal life. How rewarding!
It can be summed up in one sentence: I started my own business to strengthen my personal life.
You can try to deny it all you want, but really there's a very, very fine – almost invisible – line between work life and home life in this biz. Yes, you can shut down the business brain when your spouse or kids get home, or friends come over but let's face it, in the middle of the night when an exciting idea hits, you'll get out of bed and run to your computer to jot everything down and sometimes even starting research right then and there! Or at least you'll wake up your spouse turning on bedside lamps and frantically writing everything in that notebook you keep by the bed for just these moments!
I actually had to give myself permission to allow work life to bleed into personal life (working through the evenings when my husband wanted to rent a flick or friends wanted to pop in) and vice versa (the gardening at lunch for example). "It's ok," I said to myself, "this is exactly why you started your own business!"
So to you I say, enjoy those moments, embarrass the lack of balance, and remember just why you started your own business!
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