Work Life Balance – Are you killing yourself trying to make it work?
I hear you. My husband, Leigh, and I tried to do this for years.
So the reason that Work Life Balance does not last long term is because it only works if things don’t change.
And we know that in life, things always change, making this idea of equal, 50/50 balance unsustainable.
Kids get sick.
Team members leave your business.
You might have an elderly parent that you are looking after, who has a fall.
You yourself might get sick or be in an accident.
Or you might be coming up to a busy time in your business. Like Christmas or Easter, that requires you to be in your business more.
Things change all the time. If you have balance, based on things being a certain way, as soon as those things change, you’re out of balance.
We had to look at things a different way, because this just wasn’t working for us.
So we knew that 2 things were not going to change – our business and our personal life.
And we had to find a way that we could move backwards and forwards between the two, in a way that felt good, not stressed, and not rushed. That is when we realized that Work Life is really more like a pendulum, than a balance.
That is how we came up with the concept – The Work Life Pendulum. So what IS the Work Life Pendulum?
You have your business on one side and you have your life on the other side. You are the constant that goes backwards and forwards between the two.
And for us, the stress would come if you were stuck on 1 side and you could see the wheels falling off on the other side.
Stuck at work:
Like we would lose team members in our business and we would have to work more.
But over on the family side, we were being crappy parents.
We hadn’t had time to go shopping, so our kids were eating take out. The house was dirty, it was a mess. We hadn’t done laundry, so no one had clean clothes. We hadn’t mowed the lawn in goodness knows how long.
All of that pressure we were putting on ourselves, because we weren’t being the parents that we wanted to be. It also meant that we felt very stressed about the state of things.
Stuck at home:
Or alternatively, things could be happening over on the life side. All of a sudden, your little one is sick, or you yourself become sick.
Or someone that you care about, like a parent for example has a fall, or has a heart attack. Or they have some medical issue that you have to help take care of, and it takes you away from your business.
And then you start to feel pressure on the business side. Maybe your customers are not being served the same as what they would if you were in there.
That results in less sales, that has less profitability, then all of a sudden you start to feel financial pressure.
It’s the stress from seeing things happen on one side, but you can’t get there to make things right again, because you are stuck on the other side.
And because you are doing everything yourself, there is no real back up for you when you do have to spend more time on one side than the other.
That is what the Work Life Pendulum is. It is putting things in place on both sides to take the pressure off. To have that back up.
It’s setting up systems in both your business and your home. Where you can be on one side, focus on that side, and feel guilt free about spending time there, because you know that things are being taken care of on the other side.
It’s stopping you from doing everything yourself.
It’s also using those systems to get more time and create more space in your life, so that when ‘life happens’, you have the time and mental bandwidth to deal with it.
This is what Parent Boss Life is built around – this core foundation of the Work Life Pendulum.
And we talk about The Work Life Pendulum in detail and how to apply it to your life in our upcoming mastermind.
Our mastermind is a 90 day sprint where we walk alongside you to implement this Work Life Pendulum in YOUR Parent Boss Life.
Click here to go to our registration page to be included in our next 90 day intake.
That is why Work Life Balance in the traditional sense of 50/50 balance and equal on both sides does not work long term.
That is why you should be adopting the Work Life Pendulum in your Parent Boss Life.
And that is why you should click the link on our website, to get information about the mastermind, so that you too can adopt the Work Life Pendulum in your life!
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