I’ve been thinking about writing this post for a while, but I couldn’t settle on the title of the post.
There are lots of people out there that run their own business, plus there are a number of individuals that are starting a “side-hustle” or are already on that road.
But what about the people, like me, who work part-time, run their own business, part-time, and are hands-on-parents. Where are they? Do they exist? Or am I on a crazy train on my own?
In this post, I wanted to share the reasons behind what I do, why I do it and how I balance it all to make it work for me and my family-business-work life.
A lot of people don’t realise I work for myself AND I work for someone else. They either think I run my own business full time, or I work full time. Especially as I am a mother of 1 (soon to be 2!).
The most common questions I am asked, is “How do you do it all?”, “where do you find the time?”.... The answer is balance.
I believe that everyone can have balance between all the major priorities in their life, it’s just about finding it and finding what works for you.
For me, I love my job. I love being able to design, in particular for small businessness. So much so that I found working for someone else gave me opportunities to create, design, things that I don’t believe I would come across in a freelance business. But that’s the difference, my freelance business is designed to intentionally allow me to design for clients that have different requirements, different needs and therefore different solutions. I’ve found my career balance by being able to do both jobs. Finding the right time to keep both jobs in balance is important. This is why during the day my attention is purely on my part-time job, but once my little one is asleep, the evening is my time to concentrate and work on my freelance business.
This is easy for me to do as I’ve never been a "tv person", I genuinely struggle to find something that interests me on the telly. I would rather use that time to be more productive. Don’t get me wrong, I have my moments when I physically can’t think about designing, and I do usually end up watching tv, but by this time, I could watch anything. It doesn't need to be interesting, or captivating.
I’ve always been a family person. Before having my own little one, my husband and I were always involved in doing things with both our families. It’s been like second nature. Big family events, get-togethers, visits, you name it, we were involved, we were there. Usually early as well! hah..
Obviously, life changes after a little one and to trying to find balance took a bit of time but we got there in the end.
When we do family things, that’s my priority, work will always take a back seat. My time and attention in on my family and that is how I want my little ones to remember their childhood being. Plus that is the joy of having a family, watching, taking in every moment of madness to be there.
The ultimate balance and routine
I think the reason I am able to do so much so is due to having a routine, a willpower to want to make things happen, and a fire in my belly to always want more in life.
I’m strict on myself to stick to my routine and make the most of the time I have for each of my priorities. I try and to be as productive as possible at those times. A lot of mental preparation and an understand that sometimes things just do not go to plan, so in those situations to just take it slowly, and take a step back.
If everything gets unbalanced, which it does, I know it’s because I need to reset, and I let that happen. I don’t fight it.
In the next few months living as I know is going to change. I haven’t started to think about the preparation or how I will find balance, but I know I will take it easy and take it in my stride.
Do you relate to my situation? Do you disagree?
How do you balance your priorities?