Work/Life Balance – The Weekend Plan
Many entrepreneurs feel they need to spend the entire weekend working. And, for many people, there really seems to be no other option. However, I believe that with the right planning and support in place, you can enjoy your weekend. Spend time with family and friends and do something you enjoy. Doesn’t it sound wonderful?
I think there is a plan that works for everyone. Some people prefer to have the evenings to spend with family. Parents want to help their children with homework and play before bedtime. That leaves a good chunk of work to be done on the weekend. While you need to find a plan that will work for you, I thought I would share my schedule.
A Demanding Life
I work a full-time job and also run Liz King Events. It’s a demanding job that requires planning extensive logistics for events, blogging, tweeting and many other components. I don’t have a husband or kids (yet), but there is definitely a lot of work for the 168 hours in the week. In addition to all the work that I need to do, I have a wonderful family and friend support network that I love to spend time with. I have the cutest little nephew that might forget my name if I don’t play with him on a regular basis! 🙂
To find balance, I spend a lot of time planning. I set to-do lists for each lunch break and for every moment of wasteful downtime – waiting at the bus or doctors, riding the train etc. I prioritize my list and assign each task to a time that will accommodate that task. For example, I know that I can tweet easily from my phone at the bus stop. Blogging, however, takes some more time. I also set aside a weekly time to catch up and do some of the more time consuming tasks. For me, that’s usually every Saturday morning. I blog, catch up on email, plan logistics, design invitations etc. I also set aside Sunday evenings to do laundry, catch up on grocery shopping and cooking and prepare for the weekend. That still allows me most of Saturday and Sunday for fun with friends and family. And don’t forget Friday nights when I usually veg on the couch!
Regardless of what schedule works best for you, it’s important that you find your balance. Play with your schedule until you find something that works.