December 17, 2013

Don’t Be A Clown Juggling Your Life

Have you ever dreamed of starting a business? If you’re a stay-at-home parent or even a parent at all, you may overlooking the most important business of all! Salary.com calculated […]

Have you ever dreamed of starting a business? If you’re a stay-at-home parent or even a parent at all, you may overlooking the most important business of all!

Salary.com calculated that a stay-at-home parent clocks 94 hours of work valued at $113,586/year in the marketplace. A working parent logs 54 hours a week and their value would be $67,436/year. There are no nights off, no weekend overtime pay, no allotted sick days and no paid time off.

Ultimately, parenting could be the most currently underrated job within our society. Of course, it is also the most rewarding. After reading those statistics, at this point you may be pretty unsure about your ability to manage what you’ve already got on your plate, much less consider starting your own business.

Which is why I’m writing this today. I’m living proof you can have it all. When my kids were first born I was logging 60- to 80-hour work weeks and basically letting a stranger raise my kids.

Not only did that lifestyle and the stress lead me to an early heart attack, but hello, someone else was raising MY kids. All I’d ever wanted growing up was to be a parent. I dreamed about it, prayed about it, constantly.

Look, I’m here to tell you, you don’t need the 60-plus hour work weeks. In fact, you don’t even need a 40-hour one if you don’t want it. Unfortunately, we’ve had a real disconnect in our culture where more money or career freedom have become inseparably linked with longer work hours. If that isn’t daunting enough, you’re juggling parenting – a whole other full-time job – on top of it! And that’s a real problem that is getting bigger every day.

But it doesn’t have to be this way! More hours do not make you more productive; in fact, in some cases it makes you less productive. When I decided I WAS going to have it all, I made up a schedule for myself. I would spend 4 days at home with my kids and family – totally focused on them.

And then the other 3 days I would put on my “work-people” clothes, go to the office and devote myself totally to that work. Often our focus becomes so split, the more hours we work can actually cause more stress. As soon as I cut my hours, I focused on nothing but what really needed to get done.

Time management is one of most useful skill sets you could ever invest in. If you’re feeling overworked, underappreciated or like you have no time to even set goals – let alone achieve them – maybe it’s time you should invest in developing some time management skills.

How do you juggle your business and kids? Let me know! Because I’m here to say you can be living proof that we can have it all. Do you know any stay-at-home parents who could use some encouragement? Share this message with them! Just “Like” and “Share” so we can start raising appreciation for the importance of every job.

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In great faith,

 

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