What is most important to you, your business or your kids & family life?
Maybe some of you are thinking it is a stupid question because, of course, parents value their kids more than their business (I don’t actually ask my clients this question because it is a no brainer).
However, it does raise an area of significant challenge for many parents. Although parents value their kids over their business, protecting family life from the impact of their business can often feel like a battle they are losing.
Here are three tips that you can implement immediately that will support you in protecting your family life:
1. Forget balance, think design. So many parents are striving for work life balance that they end up juggling everything, burnt out and the most important things to them are still being adversely affected. Forget work life balance and concentrate on designing how you want things to be based on your core values. For more on why I say “forget work life balance” read Why work-life balance is misleading.
2. Put in rock solid boundaries. Boundaries are those things that you create to protect your family life. For example, I have a boundary that I only work with clients during school hours. Having clear boundaries and enforcing them protects what is most important to you. It also gets you to look for different ways to achieve results. What boundaries do you need to put in place?
3. Change the way you make decisions. Many business owners make business decisions whilst only looking at the business implications. Big mistake. Always evaluate the impact a business decision will have on your family as well as your business before you make the final decision. Stop looking at your business and family life separately.
Do you have any tips you would add to this list?