Being an entrepreneur and a socialite makes things a bit unpredictable at times. It’s not like you get any days off. So, how do you manage the competing demands of a busy household and a business that has huge demands on your time? Being an entrepreneur can be very demanding, and you have to emerge alive on the other side, so taking care to manage your work-life balance is critical.
Celebrate The Small Victories.The high points in life need to be remembered and celebrated, Steve and Allan go out of their way to celebrate small victories. They’ll stop and make sure that each other realizes it when they’ve hit a milestone. They’ll buy nice things for each other, or one of them will tell the other to go to dinner that night on the company. You must take a second to realize and appreciate your accomplishments…and then…get back to work.
Real MomentsThe small victories in business feel so good to the ego. They stroke your ego and cause you to think you’re smarter than you really are. Business victories are won so you can do the things you really want to do. Maybe you really just want to watch your kids interact, or perhaps you do it all just to be able to have conversations with people you love.
Balancing LifeThere’s never a work/life balance. You can strive for it, but it’s unobtainable. Allan has two small children and a beautiful, kind, selfless wife. At times, they’ve received less of his attention than they deserve. Allan wants nothing more than to just be around them. Balancing life and work is a constant battle (especially when his Dad, Uncles, Aunts and Grandfather are all entrepreneurs). Every entrepreneur is going to battle this unfortunately impossible balance. Realizing when the balance has tilted too far, in the direction of work, is tough when you’re the one in charge. Running your own business can wreak havoc on your social life and close relationships, causing stress levels to rise, so you’ll need a plan of action to keep your life in balance. When work doesn’t seem like work, it’s easy to turn the majority of moments into work time. Loving what you do for a living is a double-edged sword.
Work Life BalanceBecause most freelancers love what they do, it can often seem acceptable to work 80+ hours in a single week. While there are times when you may really need to kick out some work, overall, it’s not a positive thing to be that unbalanced. In the past months, LessEverything has added a few company rules so that everyone can enjoy the rewards of life/work balance.
“Here are some things we practice in order to keep our personal lives in balance with work. We hope these help you, too:
- No one is productive for 80+ hours a week. With very few exceptions, we’ve never seen anyone who can work more than 80 hours; besides, something isn’t right if you spend that much time working. If you can’t make a living working less than 80 hours a week, you need to change careers, and if you can’t pay your bills working 30, quit whining.
- Around 5:00 P.M., you must be looking for a place to pause your work. Many of us have small kids that need to go to bed early. If you must finish a task–do it once they’re in bed. During evening hours, family time is number one, and work is far down the list of priorities. We usually do three to five more work hours after the kids go to sleep.
- Dinner time is important. This follows the first rule of stopping around 5:00 P.M. Take a few hours to interact and play with your kids. Talk to your wife, your family, your parents, something, but get away from the computer, and be social with the people who are most important to you.
- Leave the house. It’s imperative that you get out of the house/office or place where you work. I have been trying my best to go and see beautiful places–parks, lakes–any place where I can take pictures. It’sanother form of creativity that lets me free my mind. Creativity isn’t something we can turn off, but we can be creative without staring at pixels. Try to do something that gets your heart pumping so you don’t die from a blood clot.
- I’m not the slimmest person in the world and I often feel lazy, but nonetheless, I try to ride my bike around the neighborhood while pulling my son in his baby trailer. This is a time that I can have complete silence, clear my thoughts and break a little sweat.
- Remember that work is your tool for making money–it’s not your life. Money is only a temporary justification for not being there for the people you love. Time is fleeting and memories are priceless. Choose life over work any chance you get.”