Most women can be micro-managers or control freaks. That’s not always a bad thing, but when you run a business from home and manage your household, the stress of trying to micro-manage every little detail can be unbearable. Learn to take it easy and make an attempt to delegate household duties and chores. Let all the family members pull their own weight in some form or manner.
When I was a kid, my grandmom used to have a favorite saying:
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy…
Surely you realize that before you started your blog or home business, wasn’t there days when the dishes didn’t get done because you were tired? Hopefully no one complained. What’s changed?
Now you have taken on new responsibilities with your business that demands your time. If you’re afraid that your house will turn into a disaster without your constant attention, don’t be. All you’re accomplishing is the fact that you’re increasing your anxiety level while decreasing your productivity in the home office. Who can concentrate when their mind is all over the place?
A plausible solution is to set daily goals. These goals encompass the business side and the family side. Setting goals helps maintain the balance between family and business. This will also help you be better able to relax.
Here are some goal-setting tips:
1. Know your limitations. There are no super moms – only normal moms who are super tired. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your business be. Take it one step at a time. If you are working on marketing your business, use one strategy at a time and cultivate that. As you take on clients, spread out the work until you find your comfort zone and then you can add more projects. Allowing yourself the time to do good work and complete projects on time is a great feeling.
2. Alternate business days and housework days. There will always be housework to do. For one brief shining moment, your house is clean and then the family comes home. Choose a day when you work schedule is light or take one or two mornings a week and devote them to cleaning. Even on those days, set a time frame. Do what needs to be completed during that time and leave the rest for the next cleaning day. You’re shaking your head I can tell. Before you say to yourself, “she’s crazy” – give it a try. On the days when work is the priority, your mind will be focused on work and not the dishes.
3. Schedule in some free time. Spending time doing absolutely nothing or working on a hobby fulfills a soulful need. Work and home are more manageable when there is time for you factored into your week. It doesn’t have to be every day, but it needs to be there for your sanity. You’ll snap if you remain wound too tightly. Take time doing something YOU like to do on a regular basis.
Each day brings a new opportunity to grow your blog or business, enjoy your family and take time to smell the roses. A well balanced life increases overall well-being and productivity in all of your tasks, especially your blog or home business.
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