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Work-Life Balance

Work-Life Balance

As a new business owner I often find myself grappling with balance.  I have a family, exciting business demands, and of course myself to take care of.  I don’t know about you, but business and family take precedence for me at the cost of self-sanity.

Those who say that you will never work harder than when you start your own business speak the truth.  For me, the pros outweigh the cons.

  • For the first time in my life, I LOVE what I do.
  • I am responsible for all business activities/results, good and bad.
  • I can work in my pajamas.
  • Start time and end time?  That’s up to me.
  • I learn something new every day whether it be in the area of social media, PR or entrepreneurship.

But there are a few cons:

  • Start time and end time?  That’s up to me. And since I have a Blackberry, there is no end time.
  • I can work in my pajamas, and therefore sometimes I DO.
  • I need to learn better work/life balance.

But there are 6 major areas of life that I need to take better care of- even as a new business owner.  They include:  Family, Career, Mental, Physical, Social, and Spiritual.  How many of these life areas are YOU taking care of?

I have been taking stock these past few weeks, and while career certainly gets the most attention from me, I am putting the emphasis back on family and physical needs, too.  I make time after work (even if there is more to do later) to hang out with my daughter.  I also take time out each week to go to the gym and release stress.  I realize, the more balanced I am, the better businessperson and mother I become.

For me, I schedule my self-care.  In this social world it’s easy to get tied up on the computer or taking care of one area of your life without regard for the others.  I am hopeful that by the end of 2009, I will be taking care of all areas in my life.

I’m interested: How do you achieve work/life balance?  What areas are most important to you?  And finally, how has this made you a better business owner and/or employee?


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