After getting a few responses from my latest survey about balance, I can clearly see that work-life balance is THE NUMBER 1 issue that we all strive for, and I am exactly the same.
My story is no different from yours – wanting to start my own business so that I had flexibility in my life and could be there for the children as they grow – especially when they are so young. The trouble is that family take up so much time, and when you work from home there are so many things that can distract from the work.
I’ve found (after years of trials, failures and many apps, templates and lists) that systems are necessary in order to achieve a sense of balance and relieve the stress that comes with being pulled in every direction.
That’s one of the reasons why I secretly dread the holidays. Holidays are when routines and schedules and momentum go out the window and chaos reigns and it’s not pretty. Add to that new toys from Christmas, and lots of playdough in the rug, and interruptions every few minutes and it’s enough to turn me to the JellySplash game with the toilet door closed!
I just don’t get anything done and it piles up around me and I feel like my wheels are spinning and I’m getting nowhere fast, except I’m gaining a To Do List a mile long.
That’s where I was this afternoon when I decided I needed some space to clear my head and stop my fast brain mode from switching from one thing to another without actually ever achieving anything.
And I come back to the 2 things that get me through. It’s like coming back to basics. My systems and my mindset. I need both to help me feel in control again and have a better balance. Ahhhh. That’s better. I can focus, I can build the momentum again, and work out what I need to do to progress to the next step.
All I had to do was get it all out of my head and make a plan, just for the next hour.
Work-Life Balance is never easy, it’s amazingly elusive, but for those of us who want to thrive in our business and family at the same time, it’s what we do!
Are the Christmas Holidays making you crazy because you can’t get a hold of anything, and you just want everything to go back to normal?