I’m starting to set some business hours in my life.
Being an entrepreneur can be incredibly overwhelming. I’m learning to sort through what is important, what I need to do, what not to do, how to prioritize, organize, and learn new skills among a billion other things.
It can get overwhelming and I find myself constantly thinking about work and what needs to get done and new ideas…and I’m constantly checking in on emails, social media, campaigns, launches, lists…
And one day, my daughter came to me and said: “Mom! Stop looking at your phone and look at me!”
And that was the moment.
I needed to implement some serious business hours. And stick to them.
As important as my new business is, and how difficult it may be starting it from the ground up, the entire REASON I’m doing this is spend more time with my family and be home with them.
But when I’m home with them, I’m not really HERE.
So I decided to make a change. A quick check when I get up and then the phone is away until they are at school. So if you don’t hear from me in the morning, sorry about that-you’ll hear from me after 9:00AM. Y’know, like normal people.
And after school? Well, sometimes my work jimmies its way into those hours but I’m working on leaving my phone at the desk then too.
I no longer look at my phone when I’m at the hockey rink with my kids (except for practices, I mean come on, do I really need to watch an hour and a half practice of the same drill over and over?).
Exception: My kids do something amazing…must let the world know.
It’s not perfect, as I am not perfect, but I’m working on it. Because having a successful business is important, but not if I lose years with my kids to get there.
It might mean some late nights, and it might take a little longer, but it’s worth it.