balancing family and work

Balancing Family and Work

One of the hardest balances to strike is between work and home life.

I’ve been working at building up Creative 7 Designs for 15 years. In the beginning, it took all my focus and drive just to keep it going. Seven years ago I married my wife. We had been dating for two years, and I knew that she was the one. I knew that I wanted to care of her and provide for her in any way possible. So I worked. And worked. And worked. The first few years of our marriage were hard (because marriage is hard) but also because I was working 100 hours a week. I knew that there was no way that I could sustain at this pace. So I made one of the hardest decisions for business owners. I hired an employee.

Delegate

One of the best practices that helped me balance my work and my family life has been to delegate. The simple fact of the matter is that I cannot be all things to all people. I cannot expect my business to grow if I am unable to keep up with demand or unable to trust anyone else with my customers. Hiring good employees is one of the best investments you can make in your business. By being able to delegate work you free yourself up to accomplish so many more things!

Stick to the Plan

Another essential practice is to prioritize my time. I do this by creating a list each day of everything that I will be working on and then I stick to that list. When you get sidetracked, you end up being less efficient and rarely accomplish the goals that are needed by the end of the day. I understand how easy it is to fall into the rabbit holes of emails or dealing with last minute clients. But by prioritizing my time, I can finish more work than jumping from task to talk haphazardly.

Leave Work at Work

Finally, I put work away. My wife and kids are my joy, and they need my attention. I will be the first to admit that there are days when I am present but not there for my family. Putting away your phone so that you can play trains or give piggyback rides has more value than we may care to admit.  If I feel the need to work over my regular working hours then its time to hire another person. Yes, I may feel the pinch financially at first. But with each employee, each delegated task, each hour spent efficiently; I can spend time with my family which has more value than any business deal.

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