When you’re trying to be a successful woman in business, wearing multiple hats comes with the territory. On the business side of things, you may have to wear your marketing hat, your HR hat, your finance hat, and whatever else the business demands of you.
It doesn’t end there, however. When you go home, you may have to start the process all over again. You may have to deal with kids, ensure the refrigerator is adequately stocked, make sure the household is taken care of, etc. In the end, you’re trying your best to balance everything out.
During this process, there’s always the fear you’re going to drop the ball. You’re trying to make sure you’re the best business woman you can be, but you’re also trying to make sure everything is together with your home life as well.
To help you achieve balance in your life as a woman in business, I want to discuss three top strategies that I teach all of my female business clients.
1) Design a timetable for yourself
The first thing you need to do is design a timetable to structure your day. When are you in your business? When are you working on your business? When aren’t you in your business at all?
As you run your business, you’ll often find yourself in situations where your work life will intersect with your home life, such as fielding calls from employees or patients while you’re at home with your kids. That’s excellent multitasking, but that’s also a great way to burn yourself out.
Designing a timetable will help you establish boundaries between home and work life. When you’re at work you can deal with your associates, clients and everything else your business demands of you. However, when you’re at home, all the work hats come off, and the home hat goes on. Whether that entails spending time with your kids, ensuring your home is in working order or ensuring you have time to spend with your spouse, understand that when you’re at home, you should save all work-related matters for the following workday.
2) Find your ideal clients
Are you working with clients who respect your home and work boundaries? In one of my past businesses, I worked as a chiropractor. I loved the job, but one of the challenges I had to deal with was designing the life I wanted to live. Unfortunately, I designed my life to work around the schedules of my patients.
I had a patient named Mrs Jones who would always come in to see me, but she’d only see me at 8 A.M. That was fine at first, but eventually I had children and my mornings were no longer a good time for me to meet with Mrs Jones due to the demands of motherhood. I was absolutely terrified to tell her that I needed to change our meet time because I thought for sure she was going to hate me, but I mustered up my courage and informed her we had to switch around our schedule.
The point is we need to schedule our lives so that it suits us and our families. You should spend time searching for those ideal clients that want to meet at times that suit both your schedule and theirs. That way you can maintain a better balance between your home life and your work life.
3) Assemble a power team
The third and final tip I have for you is to assemble a power team. If you’re one of those women who think they can do it all (like Wonder Woman) you need to step back and reevaluate why you’re working so hard. If you want to be a successful woman in business you need to stop wearing so many hats (finances, HR, etc.) and delegate tasks to a group of people who are experts at what they do. You’ll be much happier and far more effective if you have a capable team under you who know exactly what they’re doing.
As you move towards becoming a successful woman in business, I want you to practice these three strategies. I used to think that I could do it all by myself — that I had to do it all myself — but now I realise that way of thinking is wrong. Yes, we might organise it, but we can’t do it all alone. Design a timetable for your life, find those ideal clients and build a power team. You’ll love yourself for it, and it will help you find a balance in your life as a successful businesswoman.