I've spent the last 2 years at home watching my son grow up and it's amazing. I've started a new company in the last 6 months and it's taking off, which is great, but I am nervous about the time commitment it's going to take for the next few years. Any advice on how to balance not missing my kids grow up with giving enough time to my new business?
With a little planning and discipline, it's possible to get unreal amounts of work completed in a very short time.
By getting serious about my schedule and free time, I've been able to trim my work weeks down to about 25 hours, while still producing more than I used to get done in a 50–70-hour week.
I wrote an article on how I approach this:
The bullet points are:
1. Don't work when you're not working. Turn off notifications on your phone, don't check email at dinner, etc.
2. Group tasks into context-specific work. Keeping a flow state is critical for high-impact work.
3. Insert breaks to keep you focused and fresh. Having a time limit and a short recharge is not optional if you want to remain productive for longer than a few hours at a time.
4. Plan. Without taking time to plan, all the good habits in the world don't do much good.
I coach several entrepreneurs on exactly this sort of time management and productivity enhancement, and I'd be happy to help you with a specific plan to suit your routine. Schedule a 15-minute call with me and we'll make sure both your business and your children get plenty of your time and attention.