John Katzman rightly said that “I think a good entrepreneur has a very clear grasp of what the goal is, an unwavering sense of the goal, an utterly agile approach of getting there.” But it is also true that, “Family is not an important thing; it’s everything.” as said by Michael J. Fox.
So how can entrepreneurs maintain a balance between their work and family?
- Prioritize your Family first
It is not entirely correct when people believe that the family of an entrepreneur benefits from their flexible work time. The truth is that entrepreneurs have to invest in long hours, undertaking high risks. Despite being their own boss, they have to make strong commitments to their company, often neglecting their families which can cause stress.
Always know that family should come first to create a good balance in your life because in troubled times, it is a family which can offer support and comfort to get through such phases. Leaving work at the workplace and not taking it home is important. Giving time to your family which they deserve is vital because when at work, you should strive for outcomes but at home, your dedication to your family is what makes the difference.
“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life” said Dolly Parton. There should be a well-chalked out strategy to balance work and family. Each day should be planned in such a way that work gets completed and there still is enough time to be given to the family. Neither should be neglected. When such planning and execution is successful, there is better motivation to work, yielding better production.
Even if there is an intention to give enough time family, there can be times when you will be in a situation when your priorities will be pushed away. A new competitor or an exciting project among others can lure you into neglecting your familial duties and your priorities will be challenged. Make sure that in such dilemmas, the decision is justified.
- Work hard
To achieve such a balance, more efforts need to be put in. Start your day early so that you can get a head start with work and finish on time. On occasions, socializing with friends and colleagues for drinks might have to be canceled or postponed so that family time is not missed out.
Successful people make sure that they spend time with their families and it is not true that being busy all the time is an indication of your success level.
Whenever possible, delegate your responsibilities. This way your stress level can be reduced and your employees can learn something new.
- Be grateful
Recognize the sacrifice that your family is putting in and be thankful. Most important is that you let them know that you are grateful because they are your true support system.
- Be involved in their lives
It is also essential that you stay connected with them whenever possible by keeping tabs on their activities, needs, problems and progress. Entrepreneurs too can fill their families in with what’s happening in their lives. Communication gaps can spoil relations and cause misunderstandings. To avoid it, efforts should be put in so that you are involved in their lives and they are involved in yours.
- Family time is not work time
Leave your files, laptops and calls at the office. When at home, avoid work-related activities. Make your loved ones feel important. A quality evening spent with them will rejuvenate you for the next day. Weekends can be a perfect stress buster. A planned fun weekend to look forward to will keep you going all week.
- Take vacations together
Vacationing with family can definitely help you unwind. Leave your work behind and head to the mountains or the beach to spend quality time together. Plan your vacation beforehand so that work does not get affected. Holidaying will strengthen bonds and make up for lost times.
It is not easy but also not impossible to achieve such a balance. Definitely, a constant effort needs to be put in. But one must never forget that no matter how busy you are, or how busy you think you are, the work will always be there tomorrow, but your family might not be.