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Feb
04

WAHM’s: How to Balance Work & Family

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One of the challenges faced by work at home moms is balancing their work and family. There is always the danger of work swallowing up all of your family time, or having your family time interrupt your business.

I heard a story a while back, that I think illustrates the best way to balance the two. And, it goes like this…

First, think of your life as a jar.

Second, think of those things that are most important to you. This might include things like your family, your career, your free time, and your health. Now picture these important things as large rocks.

Next, think of all the other things that take up time in your life. Cleaning the house, running errands, answering email, doing laundry, watching TV. All those things that take up time, but are not what’s most important to you. I want you to picture these things as sand.

Now, take your jar. Fill it up with your sand. And then, ask yourself, can I still fit my big rocks into the jar? Chances are you cannot – because your sand has taken up all of the space.

This is what many people do with their life. They busy themselves with all of the little things. And then, they don’t have time left for what’s most important.

Here is how I want you to fill YOUR jar.

FIRST, put in your big rocks. Schedule time for what’s most important to you.

Then, pour in your sand. A funny thing happens. The sand fills in all of the little spaces left over in the jar. Suddenly, BOTH the rocks and the sand fit in the jar!

Once you have scheduled your most important things, you can fill in the time that’s left with your "sand" – all those other things that you CAN do, but that aren’t most important to you.

Now, you may be thinking, but I have to do my laundry and clean my house and run my errands. Yes, some of these things may need to be done. But in what priority? And, do YOU have to be the one doing them?

When I learned how to "let go" of the little stuff (my sand) and focus on the important things I wanted to spend my time on, I became much happier, healthier AND my business started to grow.

And, not only that, I began to enjoy the journey.

You may not be a 6FigureWAHM yet, but as you take steps to become one, remember to enjoy every day along the way. The saddest thing that can happen is to finally get there and realize you sacrificed what was most important along the way.

The role of Super Mom is highly over-rated, and highly unrealistic. Give up on your ideals of how you THINK your life should be, and what you think you SHOULD be able to do, and focus on doing what’s most important to you.

If you can do this, I think you’ll find it’s much easier to balance your work and family.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Debbie LaChusa feels blessed to be a work at home mom who gets to spend time with her family, do work she loves and earn a great living. She founded 10stepmarketing and 6FigureWorkAtHomeMom to help other working moms do the
same. To see a free "Tribute to Work At Home Moms" video and register for free WAHM tips, visit her website. For free marketing tips, visit http://www.10stepmarketing.com.

© Copyright 2007 Debbie LaChusa

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