What’s It Worth?
You either started or bought a business. You work hard, and you are a great provider, but somehow, somewhere, you’ve lost your family along the way—you know, that family you got into business to take care of in the first place. It is a difficult balancing act to bide your time between your livelihood and your life, but when it comes to your work and family, both deserve your attention. The good news is that there are ways to do both, without taking anything from one to support the other.
Three Ways to Balance Business and Family
Plan your work week. Is there a set time when you start work every day? For me, starting early (at six a.m.) allows for some quiet time, a chance to get things done without taking away from that precious family time. If you start your daily routine just an hour early every day, which is 365 hours of productivity you gain in a year! It is the equivalent of having three extra ten-hour days each month.
If you run your own calls, consider scheduling them differently. When I ran my own sales calls, I had my assistant schedule late calls on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, with Wednesdays and Fridays off by five p.m. This allowed me to spend more time with my family and still accomplish my work goals. I’d also like to add that I have worked hard to make every event/game my children have been involved in, even if it meant leaving work for a few hours and returning later to make up the time. Planning really helped me accomplish that.
- Plan time away. Some of the best advice I received as a young guy just starting out in business was to take several three- to four-day weekends, and I’ve done just that. These are great times to enjoy fun and family, and you will return to work refreshed and with a more positive outlook on life in general. I place my off time on my schedule six months to a year in advance, as well as make all the necessary arrangements and reservations, and that gives me much to look forward to throughout the working weeks. Even with grown, college-age children, we have found ways to work around their hectic schedules to build vacations and good memories into our family time.
- Plan family events at work. For the past several years, we’ve hosted multiple company events, and many have purposefully included family. Some of these entertaining outings have included bowling, laser tag, museums, cookouts, parks, and dinner theaters, and this year, we are actually renting a family-owned amusement park. These events have many advantages, but one of the major ones is that it helps to break down walls that exist between management and employees. It also demonstrates that your company cares about families and supports strong ones who do things together.
“What does it gain to have a good company and lose your family?” ~ Greg McAfee
“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” ~ Stephen R. Covey
“A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.” ~ Unknown
“Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.” ~ Anthony Branot
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