In this post, I want to dedicate some time to discussing how life as an entrepreneur relates to being a parent.
First off, there are few things out there that can match parenthood or entrepreneurship in terms of being time-consuming. Both roles are more than full-time jobs in themselves, so how can you not only manage but also be a great parent while building a successful business?
Of course, we can’t go into the general challenges of parenthood in any length here, but among some of the many challenges of managing parenthood with life as an entrepreneur is learning to be a wizard at managing time. It isn’t going to work in either sphere if you find yourself being tired all of the time, and this means that you will have to take on some almost superhuman abilities to take the task on, but that’s okay.
Finding a routine that works for you is one of the most important and healthy things that you can do for your family, your health, and for your business. It is essential that you get ample sleep so that you can perform your daily duties, and so learn how to turn-off after a long day’s work.
Patience is another quality that you’ll be in serious need of. When you know you have a deadline looming, and your child wants to spend half an hour choosing her pair of socks before school, you need to keep calm, and try not to let your two worlds bleed together on an emotional level.
Another virtue for great parenthood around a busy work life is the ability to switch positive thinking on whenever it is needed. Having optimism, and just generally taking the time to appreciate the things you have can make a big difference to your overall mood.
Finally, you need to be skilled in the art of focus. You will have many things at once demanding your attention, and being able to prioritize and focus can be one of the trickiest obstacles of all to overcome. But with regular exercises and a few helpful little articles along the way, focusing will become second nature.
Rod Pancine is the CEO of KIAI Agency Inc. With over 10 years of experience in project management and a Master’s degree in Business, Rod has been our key factor to understand marketing trends, scenarios and audience behaviors, guiding our clients to make the best decisions for their businesses. He’s also a web designer, filmmaker, and music producer.