We are back again for another episode on Behind the Business. Thank you so much for joining me today! We are talking about mastering work-life balance. This is a topic that hits very close to home. With an adorable toddler at home and another one on the way, this is a topic that I address within myself on a daily basis. Spoiler Alert! There are three keys to mastering work-life balance.
- Learn to Let-Go.
- Plan ahead.
Let’s jump into the Work-Life Balance video and have a chat!
First things first, what is your life like? Are you a mom? A kick-butt lady with a full-time job and a side-hustle? Are you in school and working full-time? Everyone is busy in their own way. The first step to balancing your life is determining which areas of your life are most important. These are my top three priorities.
For my life to feel in balance, I need to have my priorities in check. My morning routine sets the stage for a great mood and it checks-off my first priority, time with God.
My Morning Routine:
- Roll out of bed – Crazy hair and all
- Grab a V8 Energy
- Read in my bible and jam out to some great tunes
Once this is complete I am ready for a great day. It’s also about this time that Jameson rolls out of bed saying, “Mommy my light, GREEN!” (huge smile included – Thank you, Amazon for this awesome Toddler Training Clock.
- Get Jameson up and ready — This is at least a 20-minute process. The kid needs his slow-paced morning.
- Go to school or start playing
Working Portion of Work-Life Balance
At this point in the day, I’ve started with God and then moved to family. My priorities are still in check. Now it is time to move on to my workout…Mama needs her time too. 🙂
Once all this is done my mind is ready to focus on my clients and their needs. Jameson goes to pre-school part-time, but I try really hard to keep each week on the same schedule for his sake and my sanity. If he is at school I dive right into meetings, my Big 3 (more on that in another post), and never-ending emails.
When I Play:
Whenever Jameson is home! Simple answer. Sundays are strict no working days. It is solely time for God and family. During the week Jameson is home 1-2 days a week. He definitely helps with work-life balance…he will not let me touch my computer unless he gets to play on it…That means that work only happens during naps. But, hey! That is where the balance comes in and my first point from above (Learn to let it go).
If we keep ourselves to these expectations of being absolutely perfect we will always disappoint ourselves. We have to have GRACE and Balance in our lives. If you don’t get into work until 10:00 am because your kiddo (or doggie) made a huge mess in the bathroom…it’s ok..now it is time to work fast and get it done in the time you have left. Just roll with it! (This is a lesson I have had to learn the hard way!)
My second point, Plan AHEAD! Here are some of my favorite ways to plan ahead.
- Meal Prep. Or at least grocery prep so that we are prepared for meals all week. I am an “eat what I am in the mood for” kinda girl. I can not eat a bowl of pre-cooked broccoli and rice for lunch just because it’s whats on the menu.
- Get out my workout clothes the night before. This holds me accountable when I am tired and do not want to work out. I hate it when those tennis shoes are staring me in the face lol.
- Write out tomorrow’s day today. I follow Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner. It has been a lifesaver for me. My priorities and meetings are listed out for each day so that I leave work feeling accomplished and ready to conquer another BIG 3.
- Know my end result. This is another way I plan for my workday and prioritize my goals. My Full Focus Planner helps me see which tasks will progress me towards my end goal.
Well, there you have it! These are my insider tips for mastering work-life balance. Priorities, learn to let go, plan ahead. That is all it takes. Thanks for joining me today, love! Hope you go out and have a blessed day. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Pinterest for daily inspiration, tips, tricks, and mom-hacks.