Maintaining a work-life balance is always a challenge for entrepreneurs, and March Break is one of those times when it’s particularly difficult. Your children are home and want to spend time with you, but you can’t put the demands of your business on hold. Here are some tips that will help you survive March Break, both as an entrepreneur and as a parent:
Take some time off. Give yourself a day or two to totally unplug and spend quality time with your family. They will love that they don’t have to compete with your laptop for your attention and it is the perfect opportunity to make memories together. It is also good to take some time off to recharge your batteries.
Create a schedule for both your work and family time. Clearly set these boundaries and do your best to stick to them
Get help. Ask for support from your family and friends to help you get through this hectic week. Even if someone can take your kids for one morning, it’ll give you the opportunity to get a few high priority tasks done.
Plan special days. Do you remember what March Break was like when you were a kid? Make it special for your children by planning lots of fun things to do. Even simple activities like skating, tobogganing or baking cupcakes will help make it a great day.
Make a schedule. Create a schedule for both your work and family time. Clearly set these boundaries and do your best to stick to them. Determine which tasks you absolutely need to complete for your business and make sure that you’ve allocated enough time to get them done. Let your clients know when you will and will not be available to them.
It is important to remember that March Break is not a regular work week. You won’t be able to get as much done as you usually would and you need to be willing to accept that. Just complete your top priority items and then spend some precious time with your family. Our children grow up too quickly and you can always do a little extra work next week.