A window into my work life ‘balance’
We all know that work life balance is a total myth. This summer, I’m getting the chance to actually try and figure this out for myself, since my daughter is with me for most of the summer holidays. I thought I’d give you a glimpse of what my days look like so far this July.
I usually wake up before my daughter, and since hubby is home, I’m able to do my meditation and go for a walk before 7:30 am. After that, I spend some time with her and we get ready for our day. I sneak in a few moments to post the daily blog, which has been written the night before. Thankfully, I did enroll her in a morning summer camp for two weeks, which culminates today in a Frozen showcase at the local student theatre. Once I drop her off, I have less than 3 hours to work.
Having these super short blocks of time to work has helped me to focus and become more productive, that’s for sure. Yesterday for example, I had a meeting right at 9 til 10:30 and by the time I got home, I had an hour to complete my follow up, make several calls and place a few orders. That hour flew by! I picked her up for lunch and we spent a few hours at home before heading off to a wading pool/meeting with a client. Yeah, that’s how we roll this summer. Many meetings with clients (lots of parents) involve some kind of water activity for my daughter and their kids.
It’s a lot more hectic than I imagined but it’s also awesome to spend most afternoons outside with her. And I truly have an amazing group of super supportive friends and neighbours who are taking care of her when I have to be at meetings that aren’t really child friendly. What I will say is that it’s possible to continue your home based business during the summer, it will simply take a few adjustments to make it work.
Gratitude tip: There is no such thing as work life balance, but when you blend work and play, it’s more fun for everyone and you don’t end up giving up your business during the holidays.
Thanks to all of you who are supporting us this summer, I am super grateful. What are your strategies for staying productive during the summer?