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We all dream about the perfect life, and realise the the grass is always greener on the other side. There is no such thing as a perfect family or home, but we need to do our best to aim for it. If you have a clear idea of how you would like to live and what you want to achieve in your home and business, it is important that you make some lifestyle changes that will make it easier for you to focus on the big goals. Below you will find a few tips on how to make your home work for your business and family and finally achieve the perfect work-life balance.
Your Travel Time
If you are running your business from home, your commute will be only a few seconds. However, you still have to consider the time you spend taking the kids to school, picking them up, and making sure that they are ready on time. This should be your time allocated for the family. You should try and not to think about business while spending time with the kids, or you will find it hard to stay focused on whatever you are engaged in. You have to make the most out of the school run; pick up some groceries on the way back, or listen to educational podcasts once you have dropped the kids off.
As a parent, you need to know that your kids are OK and they are on the right path to achieve their full potential, or you will constantly worry about their future. If your kids’ school is not good at communicating their progress and you are just guessing what is going on, maybe you are hearing different stories about the leadership from other parents, you will have to think about moving closer to another school, or having a chat with the headteacher.
If you are generally unsatisfied with the facilities, schools, and community links in your area, or you don’t think your current neighbourhood is safe enough for your kids to play outside, it might be time to look for another property for sale. If you are not happy, or constantly worry about the neighbourhood, you will have little chance of focusing on your career or business goals. It is important that you can do your weekly shopping and get it out of the way when you have a busy week running your business, or take the kids swimming at the weekends.
Your Focus Time
To make your home work for your business, you will need to find the time when you can create a strategy and focus on the task ahead, without being distracted. Once everyone else has left, put your feet up, start your day with daily intentions and positive affirmations, and set up your schedule with the most productive time in mind. Some people experience a dip in their energy level in the afternoon. This is when you should listen to a podcast, learn a new skill, or even plan your weekly menu, so you can relax your busy brain and take a break to return to the challenging tasks later.
Your Own Space
In case you are running a home based business, it is important that you create a creative, secure, and inspiring space to work from. Your office needs to be organised and easy to manage. If you are constantly on your laptop in the corner of the sofa and your kids are trying to engage with you, as they can see you are around, you will never get anything done, your productivity will suffer, as well as your relationship with your family members.
Me Time for Every Family Member
The home should work for everyone, not only you. It is important that every person in the family has their own space to withdraw to and have some “me time”. If you don’t have an en suite bathroom, you might want to sit down with your partner and kids to create a schedule and avoid conflicts. You might want to delay your shower until they have left the house, as this can give you a good start of your working day and you are able to allow everyone to get on with their morning routine as efficiently as possible.
Planning Activities Together
It is important that you learn to take a break from your computer and desk and spend some time with your family. There is no point building a profitable business if you don’t have time to spend time with your family and go on holidays or spending days out together. Limit your working hours as much as you can, and devote at least one weekend day to planning something together. It can be anything; from doing crafts to going for a walk; the key is that your family has your full attention.
Respecting Each Other
If there is one rule you should implement in your home to make it work for everyone as well as your business, it is respecting each other. You naturally want to help your kids with their homework, and they need you more than you can ever imagine. You might not even have the slightest idea of what they are struggling with and what is going on in school. Give them respect and time to connect with you, or you will never find out about their individual struggles of growing up.
Living together and sharing your home with your business also requires compromise. It is important that your family members are aware of what you do and why you do it. They might just see you in front of the computer all day, and not know what you are putting up with, and how much you work at night, so they can have the dinner on the table by the time everyone arrives at home. You can’t expect the same level of sacrifice from others until they fully understand your devotion.
Having a balanced family and work life when you run your business from home is challenging. Consider the above tips to make it work for everyone.