Entrepreneurialism and Parenthood: Balancing Family and Start-up Life

by Lauren Schneidewind on March 1, 2016

In our world that is constantly evolving and changing, balancing either a startup or a family would be a challenge, and you must be crazy to attempt them both. All of the choices and responsibilities can be boiled down to eight simple words from a very wise individual, “Do or do not, there is no try” –Yoda. Well, when it’s put like that, it can’t be that difficult to manage two of the most important decisions of your life, right? Here are eight important tools to assist with developing your own work-life balance.

  1. Build your team wisely
  2. Communicate Your Schedule and Priorities
  3. Focus on the Positives
  4. Ditch toxic relationships
  5. Embrace work & life integration
  6. Learn to Delegate
  7. Set Boundaries
  8. Give yourself a break

These tools are great, but let’s take a step back for a moment. I wrote this nearly 11 months ago, and then I just walked away from it. When I first started blogging, I told myself I was only going to write about things I truly felt that I understood and had accomplished. Well, long story short. I love these eight pieces of advice and try to utilize them everyday; however they were not helping me maintain my goal of finding my new work-life balance. They did help me maintain my sanity, especially ditching toxic relationships, but I was still missing the whole picture. I started writing a few more times, but I ended up leaving the blog alone because I had no idea how to create the work life balance that I was trying to write about. I spent time compiling a list of all of the great pieces of advice and strategies I could find. However, at the end of the day, it wasn’t enough. I was doing these 8 steps, yet I had no idea how to balance it all. When I heard people talk about work-life balance, I began to believe this was a myth, similar as finding big foot or the Loch Ness monster. I started to believe that, it’s just not going to happen.

However, one day, seemingly out of nowhere, I began to understand (the myth) work-life balance. I finally realized that I only needed to do one thing all along. I needed to change one thing, and one thing only: I needed to become content with my life in the present. (I am not talking about settling, just being content). I had to become okay with the fact that I am not going to be able to spend 80 hours a week running LD Studios nor being there for every second of my daughters life, it just isn’t going to happen. And I have to become okay with that cold hard truth; I just can’t do everything; or everything I used to be able to do. I suppose, as we get older we slowly realize these things; such as not being able to stay up all night and function the next day like we could in college. I just happened to accelerate this learning by trying to manage two demanding life choices/privileges’ within a short time period.

It took me the better part of a year to come to terms with my new life, being a small family business owner as well as a parent to my beautiful teething daughter. My new normal was nothing I imagined it would be. However, rather than constantly fighting to be as efficient as I was a year ago, it is just never going to happen, and I need to get over it. By embracing and understanding our abilities today, we can become content or realistic with what we are able to achieve in our daily lives. This contentment is the key to finding your work-life balance.

How did you find your work–life balance? Let’s start a conversation.

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