Building a business is tough, as is raising a family. Trying to do both successfully, on the other hand, is a different story.
Take it from Martha Stewart. The woman single-handedly built her formidable homemaking skills into a global brand worth millions of dollars. And yet, even this domestic guru’s marriage didn’t survive the strain.
That hasn’t stopped many entrepreneurs from dreaming of having both a thriving business and a close-knit, loving family, however. Filipinos are especially determined to accomplish such, what with our culture’s emphasis on family ties.
Such a dream is a huge feat, but it’s not impossible. The following strategies, for instance, are a good place to start:
- Develop a flexible schedule.
- Make quality time with your family a priority.
- Don’t ignore your health.
- Focus on improvement rather than perfection.
Businesses and families are unpredictable, so you’ll need room to pivot when necessary. There will be days when you’ll need to devote more time to urgent tasks at work. Conversely speaking, family emergencies could also derail the day’s itinerary at any time.
A flexible schedule, which you can adjust as needed, would be immensely helpful in both situations.
It’s all too easy to use the “I got caught up with work” excuse when you opt out of family gatherings. Granted, sometimes, it can be unavoidable, but you shouldn’t make a habit of it.
Schedule family time the way you would client meetings or supplier appointments. Jot down your kids’ recognition ceremonies, piano recitals, or football games on your calendar if you must, and attend them religiously. Make time for dates with your spouse while you’re at it.
Lastly, aim for maximum productivity at work so that unfinished tasks don’t interfere with family time.
Hard as it sounds, take a day or two off when you’re feeling under the weather. Neglecting your physical and/or mental health isn’t just bad for your well-being. It isn’t good for your business either. You can’t exactly make the right decisions when you’re not at peak mental capacity, can you?
Secondly, you can’t care for your family if you yourself are ill. Good health is your chief asset when it comes to building your dreams. Be sure to safeguard it.
Everyone makes mistakes. There’s no such thing as a perfect entrepreneur, parent, or spouse, and you will slip up in any or all of those roles. Rather than beating yourself up over it, learn from your setbacks and keep moving forward. Things will get better, but before they do, you have to keep at it.
We all have different ideas of “living the dream.” For some, it’s all about a beautiful house in the suburbs, complete with a gaggle of children and a white picket fence. Others envision a sleek penthouse amidst a bustling city, partner/kids optional.
In essence, though, we all want the same thing: financial security, career stability, and harmony in our personal relationships. As with all things worthwhile, though, those all require a great deal of effort and certainly won’t occur overnight.
Hang in there.