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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