and I too have managed to find a balance, although it is a circus act at times. While I am by no means an expert, I am experienced, and I think it’s only fair for me to share my thoughts in the hope that it may help someone else.
Accept Support and Help When it’s Offered to You Realistically, the demands of running a business may seem more pressing than the demands at home. I am fortunate enough to have a fantastic, devoted partner who keeps the business of the home running smoothly. Your partner might also take up some of the parenting duties for you as work demands pile up seemingly without end. I am grateful for the support I have at home, and I do not take it for granted. I have found there are three crucial things I do in order to be intentional about striving toward being a strong presence in my household as well as in my industry. I’d like to share those with you. 1. Eat one meal at home, preferably dinner. When work demands and deadlines are beating down your door, it is very tempting to “plow through” and work late onto the evening. This leads to missing precious time with loved ones during mealtime. In my role, I frequently have to work 16 or more hours per day. To combat that, I treat those additional hours like a second job. I work until six, head home, spend time with my family, put my daughter to bed, and then go back to work later in the evening. This obviously adds additional time in the car, and it may not seem as efficient as finishing my work, but the rewards of seeing my family each day are worth the sacrifice. 2. Schedule specific family time and family days. Let’s face it, anything that’s important makes it onto a “to do list” or a calendar entry. If it is really important, it will be in both places. Having family time or family days built into my schedule keeps me honest. I know I cannot plan work activities during that time, and my family can be guaranteed I’ll be fully present with facebook.com/MobileElectronics 57