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From Boardroom to Playroom: Power Moves to Maintain Work-Life Harmony

Having kids and owning a business can be overwhelming. There will be moments when you want to give up, questioning your ability to manage both your business and your household. We are here to reassure you that you can efficiently manage a business and a household. One way is to dismiss the illusion of balance and focus more on strategies and tactics related to work-life harmony. 

There may be times when you struggle to fit everything in, but at the end of the day, that’s okay. The goal is not to be everything to everyone all the time, but rather to be present and effective. In this article, we’re going to take a look at some tips on how you can manage everything effectively. Keep reading if you would like to find out more.

Ensure You Leave Work at Work

The first thing to consider is the importance of leaving work at work. When you leave the office and come home to your kids, make family your primary focus, including yourself. There will be times when this is challenging, especially if you’re concerned about issues at work, but you can always check on work after your kids are in bed if necessary. However, we recommend that you refrain from doing so because it disrupts a healthy work-life harmony. Being present for your family is vital to maintaining work-life harmony, but it is equally important that you are present for yourself. Create moments that allow you to engage in activities that refuel you mentally, emotionally, and physically in preparation for the day or week ahead.

Leaving work at work helps ensure you can give your full attention to your kids when you’re home. They appreciate this quality time, and all of you deserve it.

Don’t Go Back to Work Until You’re Ready

When you first have your kids, you may feel an overwhelming urge to return to work sooner rather than later. Maybe you left in the middle of a major project, or you want to be part of new client onboarding. For many mompreneurs, it may feel like the success of your business lies in your hands alone. However, it’s important to take the time you need to recover and regroup as a new mom (even if you already have kids). If you’re not ready to return to work, don’t rush it. Returning too early could mean missing key milestones such as the 5 month milestones, accompanied by feelings of guilt.

Remember, your business can still operate with the team you’ve trusted to handle things in your absence. If you’re a solopreneur, put systems and a temporary team in place that allows the business to run without you. Returning to work prematurely not only risks missing out on precious moments with your children but also poses risks to your mental, emotional, and physical well-being. These issues could delay your overall recovery and affect your ability to perform effectively at work and home. Take the time you need; your business and your family will be better for it.

Scheduling Your Time Properly Is Key

Owning a business demands a lot of your time initially, and managing that when you have kids can be challenging. It’s all about scheduling your time properly. One effective strategy is block scheduling, where you allocate specific blocks of time for work, family, and personal activities. This method helps you maintain clear boundaries and ensures dedicated time for each aspect of your life. The way you organize your schedule will significantly influence how much time you spend with your kids and how much you work. Yes, there will be times when the schedule doesn’t work perfectly, and you’ll need to make adjustments, but that’s okay. The important thing is to have a flexible schedule that you can adhere to, ensuring that you’re dividing your time in a way that works for both you and your family.

When scheduling conflicts arise, navigating through them can be difficult. You just need to do the best you can, even though it might feel challenging at the time. Make the right decisions based on all the facts, and things are likely to turn out okay.

Explain to Your Kids What You Do

It’s important to harmonize your work life and personal life by ensuring your kids understand what you do. If they are too young to discuss such matters, wait until they’re older, but try to explain as best as you can. Tell them that you manage many people and tasks, all of whom require your guidance and support. While you’re at work, they might be at school or with their nanny, but when you come home, they have your full attention.

Let them know how much you love spending time with them and that they are the most important things in the world to you. If this isn’t communicated, they might feel like you value your job and business more than you value them. This isn’t true, of course, but it’s essential to address this proactively to prevent such feelings from developing.

Always Eat One Meal Per Day Together

A good way to ensure that you are spending time together, even as your kids grow older and their schedules become busier, is to eat one meal per day together. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner doesn’t matter; the important thing is that you are all eating together, discussing your days, and sharing how you’re doing. Sometimes it can be challenging to engage your kids, but when you’re sitting down at the table, they won’t be able to escape.

You can adjust which meal you share together based on the daily schedule if necessary. The key is to ensure it happens as often as possible. 

We hope you have found this article and our tips to enhance work-life harmony helpful. Yes, maintaining this balance will be challenging no matter how much effort you put into it, but it will all be worth it in the end.

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