One of the reasons I started working for myself was because I wanted work life balance. I hate being stuck in a building for eight hours a day 5 to 6 days a week so I’m creating a life where that doesn’t happen.
What I didn’t realize when I started is that being an entrepreneur is much more work than being an employee.
I now publish more blog posts, have more clients, and pitch publications more regularly. I’m always going to meetings, writing for clients, or working on my own projects. The cherry on top is my husband’s military career. That’s almost like having a second job with the stress it brings.
Update: He’s a civilian now!
Recently I’ve been getting so many opportunities that I had to take a step back and decide how to make my normal life and my work life come together seamlessly. Here’s how I’m balancing everything out.
I Make Work Fun
I really do love my job. I love creating content for this blog and my clients. I’ve recently had the opportunity to work with some great creatives and instead of thinking of it as work I barely notice the time pass.
I Work During The Best Times For Me
I do most of my work at night and in the morning. Of course I do a few things during the day but when it’s nice out I just really want to be outside. It doesn’t help that I live in sunny SoCal.
I’ve structured my day so that I do most of my writing in the morning before noon and the rest of my work at night once the sun has gone down. I get meetings, social media and speaking engagements done throughout the day. This works for me but it wouldn’t work for someone who isn’t a morning person.
I go to the beach, a coffee shop or a public park when I have to work during the day so I still get the benefit of being outside.
I Set Strict Work Hours & Don’t Work Outside Of Them
I have this really bad habit of taking phone calls and checking my emails when I’m not working. It doesn’t help that work is also connected to Twitter, Instagram and every other social media platform.
During certain hours I do not check my email. I have it on my phone so I turn it off because it gets really distracting when I’m trying to enjoy the company of my friends or my man.
My work hours vary every week but on Sunday night I sit down and map it out so that I know what’s going on. I also have to make sure my schedule doesn’t coincide with my husband’s since his is not flexible the way mine is.
With all of this being said…
I Realize That Life & Work Are One
When you work for someone else you usually have the benefit of clocking out at 5 pm but when you are your business it isn’t that easy. I find myself working even when I shouldn’t be. Just the other day I was at the mall when I started talking with this lady and handed her my business card. That was marketing.
One day while I was getting a pedicure a client called about his website not working. I had to handle it.
And sometimes there are issues with my blog when I’m hanging with my friends and I stop what I’m doing to fix it.
The reality is when I traded working inside a building for eight hours for the freedom of enjoying my day I made a choice to take my work with me.
What steps do you take to make sure you’re business and work life are balanced?