09 May How Dadpreneurs can maintain a healthy work-life balance
Just like working mums, a lot more men are opting for the flexibility that being an entrepreneur offers by choosing to work from home and spend more time with their families.
Dadpreneurs are launching start-ups from home and overcoming the difficulties of finding the perfect work-life balance.
Running a small business can take up a lot of energy and time, especially when you are setting it up from scratch. It is very important to be mindful of your own personal health while preserving the health of your business.
Tips on maintaining a work-life balance
Both mums and dads struggle when it comes to balancing work and family. Striking a good work-life balance can be difficult at first. It requires a lot of dedication, focus and commitment towards doing what’s best for your business and family.
Here are some tips to help dads who are small business owners manage their commitments both at home and at the office.
Sometimes starting a new business can be quite time consuming. Work from home businesses require round the clock care and attention. This is where your work-life balance factors in, because children are naturally inquisitive and will want to know what you’re working on, and why you aren’t always available to them if you’re working from home.
If you have children over the ages of 7, it helps to engage them in your business. Make your children feel a part of what you are doing and you can even ask them for their opinions on new products or ideas. Show them your work space and help them understand why you might sometimes need to be at the computer after dinner or on the phone with a client on the weekend.
2. Plan ahead
This means having a well-defined to-do list and prioritising work that needs to get done. Have a clear idea of how many hours you need to work in a week and how much time you can devote to your family and yourself.
While this sounds easier said than done, use this priority list to divide your time between tasks. Start with priority number one and keep working your way down the list. You will enjoy a sense of accomplishment with every task completed and get a better idea of how much time you need to finish the remaining tasks on your to-do list.
3. Employ the internet
The internet is a wonderful place that can help find a solution to most of your needs. Where possible, use the wonder of the internet to make your life easier and be more organised. This could mean grocery shopping online, paying bills online and finishing other tasks without having to step out of your home.
You can also sync all your appointments and events to Google Calendar to stay on schedule and get reminders about upcoming events.
4. Keep a family calendar
While the Google Calendar is great for work, it helps to have a family calendar to catalogue important birthdays, play dates, school holidays, babysitter details, exam dates etc.
You can place the calendar at a prominent position in your home, like the kitchen or living room. It also gives your children and partner a way to stay connected to you and feel like an important part of your schedule.
5. It’s ok to say ‘No’
Sometimes there will be unforeseen circumstances when you will not be able to stick to the schedule. This means unplanned cancellations or having to work extra-long hours and missing out on an event or spending time with your family.
Saying no sometimes means putting yourself and your needs first and seeing what would be the best for you in the long run. This might mean telling a client you have an unavoidable family commitment or helping your children understand that a client has moved the deadline and you would have to miss play time with them.
While planning ahead usually eliminates such occurrences, sometimes such situations are unavoidable. Learn how to say no in a positive and encouraging way. Pleasing everyone might end up causing you a lot of grief and stress.
Nobody can do everything. Just find ways to be fully present in all your interactions – with work and family. Even young children understand and respect that their parent needs uninterrupted time to work. They will also appreciate the fact that you are working extra hard to be home for dinner and have more family time on the weekends.
If you need some help getting started with your own business, you might want to consider looking into the Arise network. Arise is a leading provider of virtual business solutions. We provide a virtual platform that connects primarily work-at-home service professionals running small call centre businesses to Fortune 500 and other large companies. To know more about Arise, get in touch with us today.