How long has it been since you last spoke to your mother? It’s been a month since your last date night with your boyfriend. Do you fear that Captain Hook would incite your son to rebel against you?
If this is the case, your work-life balance may be off. In keeping with this introduction’s pharma commercial atmosphere, we also have the solution to enable you to spend more time with your family.
But unlike a medicine commercial, our remedy isn’t a magic pill that works for everyone. We’ll be honest with you. The payoff will require some work, though, right? Very worthwhile.
Let’s get one thing straight: just as there isn’t a miraculous drug that will give you more time in the day, there isn’t a perfect solution to balance your time between job and family.
You’ll labor harder on certain days. You’ll spend more time with your family on some days. It’s about striking a balance between those two priorities throughout time, not just on a single day.
Set priorities and goals.
Setting work goals is straightforward. You can use KPIs, specific activities that must be completed, or a variety of other measures to determine what is most important to achieve and get started.
Setting objectives for your family may be a little trickier. Let’s face it, the majority of individuals don’t even plan family time. Family time is instead taken for granted. Because you are setting objectives and organizing your work but not your family time, it is very simple to lose balance.
Adjust that. Define the quality time you want to spend with your family, how much of it you want to spend there, and when you want to schedule it. You should schedule it.
Make huge things happen by letting small things go.
Tim Ferris, a productivity expert, once said: “Do not work harder to reduce overwhelm. Prioritize. Choose your top priority for each day’s work. Let minor misfortunes occur in order to accomplish the major tasks. List the few things that can truly, fundamentally alter your business or your life. The reality is that if you don’t have time, you don’t have priorities.
Sometimes completing a work project will be the only thing you need to get done that day. It might also involve going to your kid’s baseball game or school play. I realize these are bogus examples, but they serve to make the point.
Make your needs known.
You must inform those around you of what is happening in your life, whether you are speaking to your partner or your coworkers. You occasionally need to schedule some time off from work to spend with your family. Unfortunately, there are occasions when you’ll need to spend a little time working away from your family.
Once more, finding the appropriate balance over time is more important than achieving it every day. Only if your friends, family, and coworkers are aware of your demands will they be able to meet them. Any relationship needs open communication, and you’ll need to discuss it if you want to strike the correct balance.
Automate boring work
Reducing the amount of time you spend at work is one approach to increase the time you spend with your family.
That is the ideal, but how does one achieve it?
The solution is automation. Many of your chores may be delegated to software, like scheduling appointments with tools like Bookedin and organizing all of your office communications on a system like Slack.
Even automating email responses is possible if you work with virtual assistants. If you can hire virtual assistants to handle the less critical tasks while still turning a profit, do so. You want to focus all of your time and energy on the crucial things.
Hire more workers
Naturally, using virtual personnel makes some tasks more difficult. Many business owners manage all of the scheduling, accounting, programming, and customer service on their own, which can leave them with virtually no time for family time.
I can relate to the mindset that says you want to give your company all it needs to succeed. You must exercise caution, though, as you risk becoming like this man if you devote all of yourself to your business and neglect to make time for other people.
Put your health first.
You won’t have time to do the things you want to at work or with your family if you’re not healthy. Your health must come first in all things. It’s similar to the airplane rule that you’ll hear repeatedly: put your mask on before putting anyone else’s.
You need to take care of your mental, spiritual, and emotional health in addition to your physical health if you want to maintain good health. This means that taking a break from work and spending time with your family can actually boost your ability to work better when you return to it because you’ll be refreshed mentally and emotionally.