Being an entrepreneur requires sacrifice, and we may often end up sacrificing the time spent with our families as a result. How can we be both successful and intentional about how we spend time with our spouses and kids? What are the three golden rules for spending quality time with our kids?
In this episode, Jim Sheil talks about how difficult it is for business people to find work-life balance and what can be done about it.
Rhythimize your life around highest priorities and the people of most importance in your life.
Things We Learned From This Episode
- Create a rhythm that serves your highest priorities (09:50-11:00)
If we find it ridiculous to ignore one of our biggest clients, why do we stop nurturing the relationships we have with our family? Aren’t the people we love even more important to us than our clients? We need to create rhythms around our highest priorities and the people who we care about.
- Spend time one-on-one with the people you love (18:50 -20:00)
Make time for the people you love because this is how relationships get strengthened.
It prevents rivalries between siblings because you get to spend time with each one of your kids. Also, your spouse will be happy about enjoying more dates and romantic moments together.
- Schedule everything, including your personal life (20:15-21:00)
Everything should go into our calendar—our self-love time and family time. Otherwise, it’s easy to find excuses and say we’re too busy at the moment. We have to prioritize your family.
Be intentional about the time spent with your family. Don’t just be there physically. Be involved. There are three rules when it comes to spending time with your kids: no electronics, let them pick the activity, and put aside some time for reflection and focus. At the end of the day, you don’t have to spend money on expensive vacations to be with your family. Just be involved and caring in your interactions.
Jim Sheils is a speaker, author, consultant, and the founder of Crazy Glue. His belief is that nothing is more important than the relationships we build during our lifetimes. And our success as entrepreneurs can keep us away from the people we cherish the most.
He talks about this in his book The Family Board Meeting: Is Business Success Hurting Your Family? Jim also helps busy entrepreneurs via one-one coaching and team consulting. You can find more about it here.