Family and work management 101
Stress is very common. Work-life balance doesn’t always work for entrepreneurs especially for those just launching a business. And this can cause a lot of stress and anxiety. But while some founders may need to be burning the midnight oil, there are a few ways to better manage your own business and take care of your family without getting overly stressed out.
1. Set daily goals
It is important to set goals for yourself before going to work the next day. Setting specific and daily goals for your business can help you stay focused while also saving you time and money in the long run. When you accomplish these daily goals, you will feel happier, more confident and less stressed when you go home at the end of the day.
2. Prioritize your tasks
Determine what needs to be done right away and do those particular tasks in order of importance. That way, you won’t be constantly worrying about completing these vital projects and can relax (a little bit) after they are complete.
Don’t waste your time assuming that certain people will do what they need to do. Talk to your coworkers and your family so that everybody is on the same page. This can not only save you a lot of time but also will reduce your stress level.
4. Don’t procrastinate
Do not put things off when you can do them today. As an entrepreneur, it is important that you, your staff, and family members complete tasks in a timely manner. You never know when something may come up and throw a wrench in your plans. Being efficient on a daily basis can prevent future problems down the road.
Delegate your business and family responsibilities. If your kids are older, get them and your spouse to assist you with the family tasks. If you are at your job, then delegate some of your responsibilities to your other qualified employees. If you try to do everything, you will get upset and anxious. A person can only do so much in a given day.
6. Get help
Sometimes a person might need to speak to a counsellor or take some educational classes in time management. Your local business groups may have seminars that could help you get organized. Also, getting advice from others will provide you with additional insights on how to deal with your business anxieties and your family responsibilities.
Working and bringing up children often is challenging. During the tough times, remember and focus on why you made this choice. There will inevitably be conflicts between work and family responsibilities, so prepare as much as possible. Build up your support network, emergency funds, and your own energy. Use effective coping strategies and don’t put impossible pressure on yourself. Plan ahead, get help when you need it, and look for creative solutions.