Your sitting there saying to yourself - it is impossible I've tried, you can't have your cake and eat it too - my Mum was right, this chick doesn't know what she is talking about. That's okay I totally understand, just give me about 5 minutes.
Throw everything everyone has ever told you about work life balance out the window. Societal/movies and the like are impossible. Your own version of work life balance is POSSIBLE! In fact it is so near to you that you don't even realize it. Sometimes you call it a wonderful day, sometimes it is a smile on your face with the knowing that today you gave it your all despite the "roadblocks".
What do you mean? I hear you ask. Finding your own work life balance is living your life with the best version of yourself everyday. How do you achieve this then? You use the 3 simple tools listed below to create your own work life balance. Now re read that last part - your own work life balance. Not what I have, what the movies/tv shows have, not what your neighbor or customers have. It's your own version - it's what makes you, your business and your family unique.
Here are the 3 simple steps to get you started on the road to your own work life balance!
STEP 1 - Take stock of what you really want out of your business and your family. Write down everything you want out of both. Take this one step further and go into dream land and write what a perfect day would look like - if nothing was a problem. Be as detailed as possible.
STEP 2- Ask your family what they want from you and your business. Also ask what they are willing to contribute to help you. The only way to get an idea about what they think and what they want to see happen is to ask.
STEP 3 - Now that you have an idea about what you want, and what your family want you can now formulate a plan and find the strategies or tools that you need to implement to achieve this.
Now, your thinking that's great so how do you get the balance? You put those things into practice, if it doesn't work one way tweak it again and again. There are 2 very important things to remember when you are doing this:
1. You must be celebrating your successes every night. Forget the things that didn't work out.
2. Know that this is not a permanent solution. You will forever be tweaking and re-establishing strategies and tools. For every family and business will grow.
I have one last thing to let you know - LET GO of trying to make the balance perfect and make it work for you and your family.
Here is to you creating your own work life balance, and enjoying your life everyday. So still think it's impossible?