The Big F: Relationships Edition
You thought I was cursing right? I know it looks that way, but let's chat about our Family and Friends: The Big F.
Relationships are at the heart of many of us. Our families and friends, encourage, love and support us. Shouldn't we give them our best back?
Starting and running a business is a lot of work, and we can often sacrifice our current life time for a future ahead (another big F). I often wonder how do we grow our relationships during this phase?
I try to do this by setting boundaries for myself and my clients.
For my friends and family, I designate weekly goals to spend quality time with our loved ones. That sounds sad, but in reality it helps me maintain balance between my personal life, and my professional life. I try to book a few gym sessions that coordinate with my friends schedules, add in a lunch date with my spouse, and enjoy copious amounts of coffee and facetime with family if it's a challenge to get together.
For myself, I set realistic goals by stopping work at a certain time during the day, telling a client it will take longer to do something than we realistically think (building in extra buffer time), or deciding to shut down our desk and go swimming when we get those 3 big tasks done for the day.
For my clients, we can prepare them with the expectations, and steps of our process. Educating clients, and eliminating the need to jump around will decrease your stress level, and quickly remind clients they hired you for YOUR processes and product!
It only take a little bit of time to schedule in family and fun, and bonus - you can set recurring dates to meet up with your favorite people each week! :)
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