Divide up your time.
Decide how much time to spend on business development, personal needs, volunteerism, and family. Start by allowing
25 percent of your time for yourself. Each time you make a commitment, set a timeline for your involvement.
Remember that maintenance takes at least 25 percent of the time you spend on any project whether it's business,
marriage, or serving on the board of a non-profit organization.
Build flexibility into
your schedule. Your availability to family and friends depends on the flexibility you build into your schedule.
Female business owners frequently have the primary responsibility for making sure family members are cared for when
they are dependent or ill, so it's necessary to leave some time in your schedule for emergencies or to have good
backup resources. Get to know your neighbors so you know who to call on for help in times of
crisis. In the bigger picture, consider the relationship between
your business life and your personal life. Be as realistic as possible when answering the following
questions, keeping in mind what is most important to you:
What are your long term
goals? Your partner's goals?
Where are the conflicts,
and where are the similarities?
What is it that you
really want to do? List all possible ways to accomplish this.
How long will it take
you to reach your goal?
How do your timeline and
goals affect your family (parents, siblings, partner, children)?