LESSON 4

LESSON 4 : WHAT I WISH I KNEW ABOUT : BALANCE

* How to keep your sanity as both an entrepreneur and a human being *


PT 1. WORK VS HOME
It's not easy building a business from scratch while all your friends and family are working regular 9-5s. I still struggle with feeling like I'm sacrificing time with my friends, community commitments, and QT with my husband for the sake of the business- and my baby isn't even here yet! My friend Shanna told me once "There is always something more you could be doing as an entrepreneur."
There will literally always be something else to work on.
I remember those first few years, how impossible it was to turn off my business brain. I learned, in order to enjoy this life and dream I was creating- I couldn't sacrifice healthy and present relationships along the way. Creating boundaries were in order. 

PT 2. CREATIVE WORK VS BACK END WORK
A LOT of you had questions about balancing creative time vs back end work (aka: planning, logistics, emails, marketing, branding, building/sustaining systems, paying bills, etc. etc).
In my opinion, this is THE HARDEST aspect of owning your own business. 
We are to wear so many different hats as entrepreneurs. A friend once said to me "It's hard to work on your business while you're working in your business." This is so true! I've  learned over time, that in the same vain as work/life balance, creative/business balance requires firm boundaries. 

 Photograph by Kathryn McCrary

Photograph by Kathryn McCrary

During year 3 of my business, I was the farthest thing from balanced- I was tired of burning the candle at all ends and not feeling like this dream was very dreamy- then, my friend and business coach, Shanna Skidmore told me about her theory of the TIME BANKTM. Here's how it works:

For Work/Life Balance:
1. Establish work hours.
2. Clock in and Out (I used my google calendar or a planner to track this!)
3. Stick to it. 

For Creative/Business Balance:
1. Establish Creative hours and "business" hours. Be realistic!
2. Clock in and out for each!!
3. Stick to it. 

Why this works: 
Establishing work hours will give you:
-the confidence to stop working when it's time to clock out (give yourself permission to rest!)
- allow you to communicate these hours to friends and family (no more guilty "I wish I coulds" or saying yes when you really shouldn't)
-create a viable schedule so you don't get burnt out!
-Ensure you have time to create AND do all the back end work without feeling like your sacrificing one over the other!

My takeaway for you:
GET A CUTE NEW PLANNER AND START DOING THIS TODAY!


If you haven't already heard, Shanna put together a FREE MINI WORKSHOP "Bringing Basics Back" where she'll take you through the Time Bank exercise in more detail. It's all online, and did I mention FREE? Register here!

Want some supplemental support on Balance?

The following books have taught me to choose healthy boundaries when it comes to balance and gleaned productivity tips that have helped streamline my business.

The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss: Tim spills the beans on automation, efficiency, and productivity to help you live your dream.

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield: Such a great read and a must for every artist. I just searched for a quote and couldn't even make up my mind because the entire book is so good. Basically Pressfield urges us to SHOW UP. No matter what. Show up, and sit down at the easel to make the work. It's good guys, I promise!

Steal like an Artist by Austin Kleon. I love the chapter on Analog vs. Digital- check it out!

Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist: The title says it all. Let's choose to be present with our friends and family in 2018! I did the guided versionwith my small group this year!

Essentialism by Greg Mckeown: as mentioned yesterday "it's where it's at"- take me to the essentials baby!