I had this image that I would be well organized and have amazing time management skills. Driving my kids to school and extracurricular activities, grocery shopping to prepare, fresh home cooked meals on the table every night AND be building a successful business. This is not as easy as I expected.
My day starts 2 hours before everyone is awake. At 5am marketing and administrative duties (on an odd day baking for an upcoming bake sale). Hopefully, some form of exercise. Make breakfast and school lunch, wake the boys up and encourage them for 25 minutes to please eat their breakfast faster or they will be late for school. Drive to school, a full day out at the factory or sales calls, back to the school to pick up the little big guy. After school, it’s to the grocery store, karate, swim class or back to the factory to finish a production run after and we are home between 4:30pm and 6pm. Now… start dinner.
I am not complaining.
I am shocked and in awe of any person who does all this and makes it look easy.
Through trial and a lot of error, I have figured some things out to make life as a budding business person and parent a little easier.
Meals. I have scheduled grocery shops twice a week, I no longer have the luxury of running out to the super market quickly to get a few things to make dinner. Now, I make a menu for the week which consist of dinners, that sometimes accommodate for lunches the next day as well. Having set nights for certain foods seems to help; Monday is fish night, Fridays are Pizza and a movie night, etc. On the weekends I do prep for breakfasts and dinners for the following week. Bread, granola bars, pizza dough, pancakes.
Business. I believe it is easier in a our world to do business when you can be out of the office and still be able to complete work. The invention of the iPhone or other smart phones, iPads and WiFi is a huge help. Many times, I have been waiting for information for meetings or to hear back from a supplier, now, I am able to connect to them no matter where I am. (This is the positive side of always being connected, I know the down side is not being able to disconnect).
Driving. I have yet to figure out how to cut down on driving time. Until teleportation becomes mainstream or our oldest starts driving, I will have to continue to combine my errands with the pick-up and drop-off times at school and start relying on carpooling with other parents.
Planning and Organizing a head of time makes days and weeks run a lot more smooth. Striving for the balance between growing a business and raising a family will continue, I don’t believe I will ever feel like I’ve nailed it.