Baking cookies with my little Gigi
I’ve heard it said in many ways since I was a young child that --Where there is freedom and great blessings, there is also a great responsibility.
The Bible says it this way…
“To whom much is given, much will be required” (Luke 12:48)
Once I owned my own successful business, I then realized no truer words had ever been spoken.
When my business first started growing, life got chaotic. My responsibilities outnumbered the hours I had in the day.
For a moment, I started to envy people that worked 9 to 5 jobs. I started to panic a little because I was getting away from my truest intention all along, which was – getting more freedom and time with those that mean the most to me.
Finding balance with family life and business, while not protected by the security of a job that pays an hourly wage and clock in 5 days a week can get well--complicated.
Since I have a large family (4 of my children still living at home), I’ve had to learn to follow a schedule (eye roll).
My husband would agree that this goes against all my natural tendencies (he knows I hate planning and love spur of the moment decisions). Ever fiber of my being hates structure and schedules…so this is where it gets interesting…
I quickly found that I had to start planning ahead -- setting up some schedules and systems in place that worked like clockwork so that I could keep my sanity. I started using my calendar and alarms on my smartphone a lot more as well as hiring others to help me.
Little tip! -- You need to delegate to grow. Don’t be afraid to hire people that are more gifted in certain areas than you. Even if you feel like you can do it faster, you are only one person and as your business grows that won’t be the case for long. Bringing in new people can help bring fresh ideas and skills to the table – plus having a team can help keep you motivated and focused.
Likewise, focusing on goals keeps me motivated. I now plan out my weeks a few weeks ahead of time. I also realized that there would be days that I couldn’t sleep in and getting up early made life a lot less crazy.
Getting up earlier some days (like 5ish in the morning) gives me back some quiet time and time to reflect. I use this time to drink coffee and think about what I want to conquer that day. This gives me a clear path and helps remind me why I wanted to be my own boss in the first place.