Work-life balance – Being Present
I believe as a business owner, work-life balance is not a thing. Your employees depend on you, you have to make it happen, or people do not have jobs. It is a pretty harsh landscape, but a state I love to live and thrive in. When I think of WLB I think of bubble baths, huge glasses of wine – which is not me.
My approach to work-life balance is about intention. Not about carving out time necessarily, but to be present in whatever I am doing at that time. To be focused on either work, fun, family, or me.
I have a few hacks on how I stay “present” in my life. These are my non-negotiables To me they create balance.
2. Schedule time with my family. I intentionally schedule date nights with the hubs (monthly), and weekly time with my parents. Also, the phone is not invited to these as well. I read an article about a year ago that discussed that at my age you will see your parents much less than you did in the first half of your life. Which, do the math – is very true. My parents are a huge priority in my life.
3. Day to lighten up. Most people know me, I do not take my foot off the gas. But as I get older I learned that a little R&R does not make me lazy, makes me human. BUT! I do it my way… I have 1 day a week where I give myself some slack. Maybe I take a nap, maybe I don’t wake up super early. Maybe I have 2 beers (getting crazy). But every week I pick a day where I don’t have to kick a huge amount of ass (just an average amount).
I would also say…I think it is ok to think about your business a lot! You love it, it creates a life for your staff, their families, and yours! I never feel bad about thinking about work. What to me does lead to feeling guilty and having thoughts or regret is a missed moment. A kiss, a laugh, seeing my kid play with my dad, a fun night out with friends. Protecting those moments to me is what WLB is all about. So I schedule them and I take away my electronics Not super scientific. But sure does work.