There is one question that, if you asked it, you can pretty much guarantee the answer. It is this: What is most important to you, your business or your kids?

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3 Tips to Manage Impact of Business on Family Life

Mange teh Impact of Busienss on Family LifeThere is one question that, if you asked it, you can pretty much guarantee the answer. It is this:

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?

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Why work-life balance is misleading.

The Alternative To Work-Life Balance

Goodbye work life balance! Hello success by design!

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  • Ali, I think sharing is a big thing to pick up on your point of treating your business and family life as separate. Sharing issues and success with your family are important as they are part of your life. My daughter (she is only 9) asks me most days when we are at dinner 'well mummy how was your day'. Now I share a little that she understands, but I recognise that it is important to her because I am asking her about hers and is there anything she needs help with that for her to ask and me to answer with something constructive makes her feel important. If we share a little with those that love us (old and young) we are communicating and this can only be good for everyone.

  • Sharon, it is a lovely that you share those sort of conversations with your daughter. Communication in families is so critcal for all members to understand each other and what is happening in each others lives outside of the family. Kids learning about the ups and downs of business, as long as it is pitched appropriately for their age, is very valuable learning on all sorts of levels.

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  • I really like these tips Ali. I think we all struggle with the balance of work and life sometimes but I like how you suggest we design rather than balance. That's definitely something I'm going to take away from reading this. Thanks

  • Thnaks Ben. Glad you liked them. Designing business and family life around core values and what is most important is more likely to create a more fulfilling outcome than trying to balance everything.

  • Thnaks Ben. Glad you liked them. Designing business and family life around core values and what is most important is more likely to create a more fulfilling outcome than trying to balance everything.

  •  Hello Ali Davies,first of all i would like to put my hats off to you….This is because you have written a fabulous post on how to save the family from the impact of business…The very last point on,”think about the family before taking a business decision”,is the important one here..