My elbows were sore. I felt like someone smacked them both with a hammer. It’s because I’d been on my computer all day long. On a Saturday. When I’m working, my elbows sit on the desk. It’s not ergonomically correct, I know. It hurt.
And it was a reminder of how I’d spent my time that day. Not with my kids, but instead fixing website details and figuring out pricing for our new organic lawn care business, Whole Yards.
I knew going into this learning-on-the-fly-adventure that I’d make sacrifices in order to run a business. I knew that this time of year would be busy, especially this first year. Late winter is when the lawn care industry ramps up for spring. Add to that the fact that I’m slow. I’m overly-detail oriented. I check and double check and triple check. Math takes me a long time. I like things to work properly, like Sir James Dyson.
But ten hours on a Saturday? In front of a computer?
If there’s anything I learned from our Advent Adventure this winter, it’s that I love setting aside structured time to spend with my kids and husband.
You know the famous Ferris Bueller quote, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
That’s not just for high-schoolers. That totally applies to raising kids. Maybe more to raising kids than to anything else.
I’m looking for balance. I’m ready to set some boundaries for myself. When my kids are around, I want to spend most of my time making eye contact with them. I want to know them deeply. I want to laugh with them and dance and hug and get into arguments about whose turn it is to clean out the cat’s litter box and why there is trash all over the bathroom floor.
How does a person make that happen? I’m not one for rules. I can’t say, “No weekend work. Ever.” Because there will be weekends. And there will be evenings.
But there shouldn’t be hustle or ignoring each other or snapping at each other because we’re tied up in work.
940 Saturdays from the time my kids are born until they’re 18. I’m more than halfway done. I can make a business run 400 Saturdays from now. And maybe I can make it run now. I’ve got seven more months to figure that out. But my kids come first.
How do you balance your time? What’s your strategy?
This post is part of a series called Business 101, where I share my experience taking over a business for 8 months while I figure out whether it’s something I want to take on permanently.