Not sure where to start with balancing work and life? Listen as Scott shares 3 impactful approaches that you can do today and a host of ideas to spur creativity to strengthen your family while running a business.
- Start with Intentional Communication
- Be Intentional when Teaching Kids
- Do Intentional Planning
- If your business is generating good revenue: trade dollars for time. Hire people to create time.
- If your business is in start-up or challenged mode and family finances tight: trade time for dollars. Do tasks yourself and carefully budget as you build. Do consider taking a job if things get dire.
Orit Ofri provides a woman’s insight and perspective on balancing a business and the family. There are elements of improving your online marketing, time management, insights about overcoming adversity, but perhaps most impactful is the insight on running a business and family at the same time. She is a mom with two kids, a On-line Presence Coach for authors, and a board member of the non-profit Willamette Writers organization. She can be reached at her website oritofri.com.
There’s a lot of information and insights. Here is only a sampling.
Orit’s cat makes numerous comments during the interview.
On-line Presence tips and the value avatars for creating on-line content. An avatar is a create character of you ideal customer, the one who you write blogs to. Additional marketing avatar information can be found at Avatar Link.
Orit makes reference to Amy Porterfield’s website
Flexibility of having a business and tag-teaming with spouse to get things done at home and take care of the kids.
Time-Management tool: Batching is scheduling activities and tasks in a consistent and long time block. Batching saves time, produces higher quality, and allows focusing on the tasks at hand.
Two Questions on Gratitude
Is there a relationship between Thanksgiving Day and successful people? Is there a connection between being thankful and self-confidence? This podcast explores the answer to these questions and the benefits of having an attitude of gratitude on the path of success.
Three benefits of Gratitude:
- Better mental and physical health.
- Helps to build and develops better relationships, particularly with family, employees and business contacts.
- A key skill for successful people.
Some ideas on how we can show gratitude:
- Prepare ahead of time to enjoy family time.
- Teach others…giving out like we have received.
- Don’t expect (too much) things in return.
Google search on “Gratitude” and “Success” resulted in over 78,600,000 results.
Article: “7-scientifically-proven-benefits-gratitude” by by Amy Morin, author of “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do”
Irving Berlin: http://www.irvingberlin.com/
Youtube Link: “Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)” From 1954 movie “White Christmas” song by Bing Crosby.
Amazon Affiliate Book Links:
13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do: Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears, and Train Your Brain for Happiness and SuccessThe Irving Berlin Reader (Readers on American Musicians)
This short-take episode shares two big journaling benefits for Entrepreneurs and Freelancers: benefits for today and for future advantage with an added bonus of better decision making.
For the host of the show, there are two reasons for journaling:
One is for today…Getting clarity of thought
And the other is for tomorrow… remembrance of my thoughts.
What are yours?
Your business venture got you down? Toiling away every day? Here are 5 things to help you remember the good.
- Remember to have selective amnesia
- Remember your goals and dreams
- Remember the hope inside of you
- Remember your family
- You have what it takes
Partial lyrics quote from “The Voice” by the Moody BLues
A lot of good things can happen when you regularly engage in community—professional, personal, and spiritual.
Working too much alone can create:
- Ideas get stuck in a cul-de-sac.
Proactive Work Ideas:
- Regularly schedue time to work away from the office.
- Coffee-shops and co-working places can work well (match to your style).
- Choose appropriate tasks to work off-site.
- Find professional events or clubs.
Proactive Family Ideas:
- Get buy-in from spouse for evening events.
- Create “Spouse & Kids” dinners when you are out in the evening.
- Bring your older kids to your professional events.