This is a topic that has been weighing heavy on my heart for the past few days: How to HUSTLE for SUCCESS and Maintain Family Life Balance. Can you have your cake and eat it to?
Our lives have changed so much within this past year (read: Why I Quit Beachbody after 5 Years – My Story and Everything is Figureoutable). We’ve been hustling hard to turn our situation around, and things are finally looking UP!! New doors have opened for us, and we understand why everything happened the way it did. We are excited about our new ventures (which I’ll share sometime soon!), and the anticipation is pushing us to hustle harder. But, yesterday I hit a wall and felt completely burned out. I felt like the weight of the world was on my shoulders between our excitement AND selling our home (and everything home-selling entails). I did a little self-reflection and brought myself back down to Earth.
So, is there a way to still hustle while also maintaining family life balance? I think so. Here are some tips:
FIGURE OUT WHAT SUCCESS MEANS TO YOU
What does success look like in your life? Can you imagine it? To me, success doesn’t look like working from the time I open my eyes to the time I climb in bed. Success doesn’t mean being so busy on my computer or phone that I ignore my husband and kids. Success doesn’t mean having fancy cars and a dream home. To me, success means living minimally but comfortably without worries of financial stress. Success means being a present and loving mommy and wife. Success means having special friendships, good health, and happiness. Success means working to create the life I want; not working so much that I never get to LIVE my life.
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HONOR YOUR PRIORITIES
What are the most important things in your life? Always make time for those things or you will regret it later. Working constantly and not making time for loved ones or your marriage will result in unhealthy relationships and a failing marriage. Thriving relationships = Happiness. And, we all strive for happiness in our lives, right? Make sure you’re making time for the people in your life who matter most. Nothing is worse than working non-stop, achieving success, yes achieving it ALONE. HEALTH matters. Working endlessly causes stress, and stress causes illness. Take time to take care of YOU: Mind, body, and spirit.
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WRITE DOWN YOUR DAILY ACTIVITIES
Recognize where you’re the most productive and for how long. Then, recall the times you’re “busy” but NOT productive – yes, we all have those times where we know we could have gotten more accomplished yet we were scrolling the Facebook newsfeed instead 😉
Figure out which activities drive success to your business. How long did they take you? Surely, not 20 hours. The saying is true: 80 percent of your success is driven by 20 percent of what you spend your time on. So spend some time identifying that 20 percent and focus your time there.
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CONSISTENCY DOING THE THINGS THAT MATTER
Once you figure out which activities in your business are driving the most success to your business, those are the things you should be spending most of your time doing…consistently. Sure, we could all work from the moment we open our eyes in the morning to the time we close them at night, but none of us would be able to avoid burnout without eventually sacrificing family time, health, or our sanity! Doing less consistently is actually better than doing MORE less often. #readthatagain Doing a 30min workout 6 days per week will give you better results than doing 1 3hr workout a few times per month. Small efforts compounded over time = results. Same is true with your business. Spend your time daily on the things that matter most.
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SET APPOINTMENTS FOR YOUR LIFE
Your work appointments are important. So are your LIFE appointments. You know those things you just recognized are the most important things in your life? Set appointments for them. And, learn how to say “NO” to any other obligation that may interfere with them. A workout is an appointment. Your children’s soccer game is an appointment. Family dinner is an appointment. Set a phone-free appointment 1-2 nights per week with your kids to play a family game or with your spouse for a date night. Do this with your phone on SILENT – we entrepreneurs cannot resist hearing our phone buzz without checking it! 😉 BE WHERE YOU ARE – be present in the moment and give your loved ones your undivided attention. Once your day is over, you will feel accomplished in ALL areas of your life.
Personal Development Suggestion: Mindfulness: How to Be in the Present Moment Everywhere in Your Everyday Life
You teach people how to treat you and what to expect from you. If you answer every email or phone call within seconds, people will think you are “on call 24/7” and will email you or call you for every tiny little thing they may need. If you don’t answer immediately (yet, in a timely manner), they will email or call you less frequently and only when they need something. If you turn your phone off to have family dinner and you receive a call, when you call the person back, let them know that you were having family dinner. They will respect that you value your family, and they will be appreciative that you called them back in a timely manner. If you have specific work hours, let people know so they know when they should be receiving a call or email back.
DON’T LIVE IN YOUR INBOX
Your inbox is full of OTHER PEOPLE’S AGENDAS. You could seriously spend all day in there!! 😉 Finish your daily to-do’s first (business building activities). Then, email each person back once. Let them know you will check again later to see if they have any questions. Set aside another time during your day to respond to everyone a second time if needed.
WORKING SMARTER – NOT HARDER
We only have so much time in a day, but luckily we entrepreneurs have so many resources out there. Automate as much work as you can, and let technology do the work for you. Think about the things you do each day that anyone could do: Laundry, house cleaning, meal prepping, assistant work, etc. Delegate those things. Time is money. Think of how much productive business you could do by simply hiring a house cleaner or virtual assistant. Think of how much more time you’d have to be present and LIVE your life….
Personal Development Suggestion: Smarter Faster Better: Work Smarter, Not Harder and Be Productive in Life and Business