Starting your own online business can be a very fulfilling and exciting experience. It offers many new and exciting challenges, with the hopes of providing financial security for you and your family.
But what you may not know is that an internet based business also requires a serious commitment. It can easily consume a large portion of your time if you don't plan your day and priorities the right way.
If you’ve ever done a search online about started an internet based business...
You've probably seen YouTube videos and blog posts from people claiming that they’ve been able to build a super successful online business working only a few hours a week and now are able to live a life without restrictions.
Now, this is not to discredit all of these claims…..
Many online entrepreneurs that have built successful businesses online do in fact live a life of total freedom. But I think it’s important to state that this is not normally the case in the beginning.
If you're new to internet marketing or the online business industry, you should initially plan on spending at least 2-3 hours per day researching your products and developing your website.
You should try committing even more time if you're not working a day job or have other obligations prohibiting you from doing so.
But be wary of getting sucked into your business for hours on end without making any real progress. It’s very easy to get stuck working your business because there is always something to do--a new product to review, updating your website, responding to emails, etc.
Before you know it, you will not have time for anything else.
This can be a big problem when you have a family.
I don’t know about you, but one of the main reasons I decided to start a business was to be able to spend more quality time with my family!
So today I want to share 3 tips to help you find balance between building a successful online business and spending time with your family.
Let's get started....
1. Take one entire day off per week.
Yes, this means NO WORK. Spend time with your family and friends and as far away from your business and computer as possible.
If you’re anything like me this can be tough. If I’m not plugged into my laptop, my cell phone usually works as my mobile office. In the beginning, if I wasn’t working on my business I felt that I wasn’t doing enough.
But believe me, the business will not go anywhere. Plus, the day off will help to alleviate burn-out.
I can’t tell you how important it is disconnect from your business.
2. Set aside 1-2 hours every evening for family time.
Every day from 7:30-9:00PM I spend time with my family. This is usually the time when we are getting dinner together and sitting down in the living to talk about our days.
During this time I do not take any calls. I don’t reply to or read any emails.
I take this up a notch and unplug for at least a couple of hours over the weekend. This could be in Saturday or Sunday morning while I enjoy spending time with my daughter and partner. Having breakfast. Going to Church. Or in evening when we sit down to watch our favorite shows.
3. Stop working at a specific time every evening and stick to it.
Setting “business” hours is so important. And yes, I know….as an entrepreneur you’re always on. But if you can turn off your computer every night at 10:00 p.m and not check back in until the next morning, do it. The worse thing to do is go straight from your laptop right into bed and think you will get a good night sleep.
It is just so important to unwind and relax before laying down to sleep for the. So use this time to to relax and unwind from a hard day’s work. Read a book. Meditate. Take a hot bath. Or just snuggle up on the couch with your loved ones.
Learning to manage your time is critical to a successful business and living a full and happy life. There’s nothing wrong with being dedicated to your business, but it’s critical to your business’ success and your family that you find a balance that works for you .
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