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Today, I am feeling exhausted from all the household work I had to do. I cleaned the air conditioning units myself instead of hiring a technician, saving a few dollars. Then, I organized my small office, washed the porch, and bathed my dogs, Luna and Grace. After that, I took a bath, had lunch, and went grocery shopping with my partner. Although shopping with her is enjoyable, she takes too long.


I made a commitment to dedicate time to the development of my business, particularly to do my post every Saturday. However, my wife called me to pick her up from rehearsal with the kids at the church. I went to pick her up and we stopped by the ice cream parlor on the way home to enjoy some family time after a long day.


This routine today leads me to reflect on how to manage time equitably and balancedly, to be able to carry out our household chores and leave time, space, and energy to dedicate to our business.

Balance between personal and professional life:

Striking a balance between personal and professional life, while pursuing personal business goals, is a desirable aim for many in modern society. Yet, achieving this balance is a constant challenge due to the numerous responsibilities that we face both at home and at work. Recognizing and respecting these responsibilities is essential to achieve a satisfactory balance between both aspects of our lives.


To begin with, it is vital to recognize that our responsibilities at home, work, and with respect to the development of a personal business are equally valid and meaningful. Often, we tend to prioritize our work responsibilities due to the pressure of productivity and professional success. However, we must remember that our family and domestic responsibilities, as well as the commitment to grow a personal business, also require time and attention.

Social expectations and external pressure:

Social expectations and external pressure can significantly influence our priorities and decisions, especially when it comes to balancing household responsibilities, work, and personal growth. Society often presents an ideal of success that involves maintaining a clean and successful home while achieving professional goals.


This pressure to meet these expectations can lead to internal conflict as we try to balance the demands of home with our professional aspirations. From personal experience, I’ve found that this pressure can make me feel like I have to choose between dedicating time and energy to keeping my home in order and developing my business.


On one hand, I feel the need to meet the social expectations of having a clean and organized home, which often requires a significant amount of time for household chores. On the other hand, I also feel the pressure to grow my business and achieve my goals, which requires time, dedication, and focus.


This dichotomy between household responsibilities and business development can lead to feelings of guilt or anxiety. I worry that prioritizing one area over the other may disappoint those around me or compromise my professional success.


However, over time, I’ve learned that finding a balance is possible. I’m learning to manage my time better, set clear boundaries between work and personal life, and practice self-compassion when things don’t go as planned.


Furthermore, it’s essential to challenge social expectations and define our own sense of success and satisfaction. Rather than succumbing to external pressure to meet a predefined ideal, I’ve decided to focus on what matters most to me and work towards my own goals and aspirations, both personally and professionally.


In summary, social expectations and external pressure can influence our sense of priorities and create internal conflict between household responsibilities and business development. However, by recognizing and challenging these expectations, we can find a balance that allows us to live a fuller and more satisfying life while also achieving our personal and professional goals.

Self-compassion and flexibility:

Self-compassion and flexibility are crucial qualities for maintaining a healthy balance between household responsibilities and business development. Recognizing that we cannot always meet all our responsibilities perfectly is fundamental to maintaining our mental and emotional health amidst the demands of everyday life.


Firstly, self-compassion allows us to treat ourselves with kindness and understanding when things don’t go as planned. Instead of harshly criticizing ourselves for not meeting all our tasks or goals, self-compassion invites us to be gentle and understanding with ourselves, recognizing that we are imperfect human beings who sometimes make mistakes or face unexpected challenges.


Flexibility also plays a crucial role in our ability to adapt to fluctuations and changes in our circumstances. Sometimes, life presents us with obstacles or unexpected situations that can interfere with our ability to meet all our responsibilities optimally. In such moments, it is important to be flexible and willing to adjust our expectations or ask for help when necessary.


Additionally, recognizing that it is okay to ask for help is fundamental to avoid overload and burnout. Often, we feel pressured to do everything ourselves, mistakenly believing that asking for help is a sign of weakness or incompetence. However, asking for help when we need it is actually a sign of strength and wisdom, as it allows us to share the burden with others and receive the support we need to thrive.


Ultimately, practicing self-compassion and flexibility allows us to navigate the ups and downs of life with greater resilience and well-being. By being kind and understanding with ourselves, and by being willing to adapt and ask for help when necessary, we can find a healthier balance between our household responsibilities and the development of our business, and live a fuller and more satisfying life overall.


Here are some tips for managing balance:


1. Prioritize your tasks: Make a list of all your responsibilities, both at home and in your business, and prioritize them according to their importance and urgency. This will help you focus on the most important tasks and leave the less urgent ones for later.


2. Set clear boundaries: Define specific schedules for working on your business and for dedicating time to household chores. Setting clear boundaries will help you avoid overwork and allow you to enjoy quality time both at work and at home.


3. Delegate tasks when possible: Don’t be afraid to ask for help from family, friends, or colleagues when you need it. Delegating tasks will help you lighten the load and allow you to focus on the responsibilities that are most important to you.


4. Practice self-care: Dedicate time to take care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. This may include exercising, meditating, practicing hobbies you enjoy, or simply taking time to relax and rest.


5. Be realistic with your expectations: Recognize that you won’t always be able to meet all your responsibilities perfectly, and that’s okay. Accept that there will be days when things don’t go as planned and allow yourself to be flexible and compassionate with yourself in those moments.


6. Communicate your needs: If you feel overwhelmed or need help, don’t be afraid to communicate it to the people around you. Open and honest communication is key to maintaining healthy relationships and getting the support you need.


Remember that finding a balance between household responsibilities and your business is an ongoing process that will require adjustments and adaptations over time. Be patient with yourself and give yourself permission to experiment and learn along the way. With time and practice, you will find the strategies that work best for you and will be able to enjoy a more balanced and satisfying life.


If you found this helpful, feel free to comment and share. To your success!

Ezequiel Wells
11 thoughts on “Between the Broom and the Keyboard: Reflections on Balancing Home and Personal Business”
  1. Hi, Ezequiel!
    It is challenging to balance household tasks with starting a business.
    I don’t have any children, so it’s a bit easier for me. I like to take care of the house when I take a break for the business. So, I’ll put the dishes away while I’m brewing my coffee, dust a bit when I need a slight distraction, etc.
    I’m learning 15 minutes here, and there spent on the house can get a lot done!
    Best of luck to you learning the balance for your family! Sounds like you have your priorities in order 🙂

    1. Hi Nakina,
      Absolutely, finding that balance can indeed be a challenge! Your approach of intertwining household tasks with business breaks is brilliant. It’s amazing how much can be accomplished in just 15 minutes here and there. Thank you for the well wishes—I’m gradually figuring out the juggle, and your words are truly encouraging. Wishing you continued success with your business endeavors.

  2. I right there with Nakina.i can’t just sit all day- I take 15 minutes here and there to do house and garden work. Getting outside periodically is a must. Taking gratitude pauses is imperative. When I return to the computer, I feel refreshed!

    1. Hello Kate, I couldn’t agree more! Taking those short breaks for house and garden work sounds like a great way to stay productive while also getting some fresh air and movement. It’s amazing how stepping outside and practicing gratitude can reset our mindset and energy levels. Thanks for sharing your approach—it’s a fantastic reminder to incorporate those rejuvenating moments into our daily routine. All the best in your Journey.

  3. Yes, it’s difficult to manage one’s time with all the pressures of life that we must endure. Time management is something I’ve never been able to master. Ah well, we do what what we can. If the progress of the business suffers a bit then never mind. As long as we keep making progress of some description then we’re still on the way to making a better life for us and our loved ones. Thank you for the great advice in your post.

  4. Hello Andy
    I totally understand where you’re coming from! Time management can be such a challenge, especially with all the demands of daily life. It’s important to give ourselves some grace and acknowledge that we’re doing the best we can. Progress, no matter how small, is still progress, and it’s what ultimately leads us towards our goals. I’m glad you found the advice helpful. Keep pushing forward, and remember, every step counts towards a better future for you and your loved ones, All the best in your journey.

  5. Hi Ezequiel,

    I agree that it’s important to ask for help. I can improve on this. The other day, I made a big mistake at work mainly because I decided I wanted to do something on my own without asking for help. I felt horrible about it, and I still do, to be honest.
    I also need some discipline to manage my time. I believe I could have done and learned more with this program if I had just organized my time and stuck to it.
    Having said all that, I also believe we have accomplished so much since December last year. I can’t wait to learn more about the monetization phase of the program.

    1. Hi Alberto,
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and reflections. It’s brave to acknowledge areas where we can improve, and I commend you for that. Making mistakes is part of the learning process, and it’s essential to recognize them as opportunities for growth. I’m sorry to hear about the difficult experience you had at work, but please know that it’s okay to ask for help when needed. Time management can indeed be challenging, but with dedication and practice, it’s something we can all improve upon. I agree about the progress we have expirienced since December. I wish you all the best in your journey.

  6. Ezequiel,
    Oh yes, trying to find the right balance between work, home and personal business. That is the quandary isn’t it? I appreciate your tip on managing balance. I also like to set aside a time to complete a task and when that time is up I will move on to another task. Especially with house work, I could do that for hours, cause lets face it, who does not like a spic and span house. LOL

  7. Hi Sherri,

    Thank you for your comment! I’m glad you found the tip on managing balance helpful. Setting aside specific times for tasks is a great strategy, and it’s so true—housework can definitely be a never-ending job! It’s all about finding what works best for you and making sure you also take time for yourself and your personal business. Thanks for sharing your approach, and happy balancing!

    Ezequiel Wells

  8. Hi Sherri,
    Thank you for the feedback. I appreciate your acknowledgment of the usefulness of the tip on managing balance. Allocating specific times for tasks is indeed a productive strategy. As you rightly mentioned, housework can seem like a never-ending responsibility. It is essential to identify the most effective approach for oneself and ensure the allocation of time for personal well-being and business matters. Your perspective is valuable, and I extend my best wishes your journey.

    Ezequiel Wells

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