Taking care of your world
Getting the most out of life is often a matter of carefully balancing work and home commitments in a sustainable manner, so as not to lose yourself, your loved ones, or your foothold on success. We wanted to find out for ourselves if there's a key to making it work. So we decided to sit down with Amy Kleinhans-Curd to discuss her work-life strategy one that she's carefully refined through her many years of experience as a mom, wife and prospering entrepreneur.
Is there a secret formula to your success?
Amy: Customise your strategy. In my experience, it's a journey that every woman has to go on so she can establish what works, and what doesn't.
How do you manage your workspace?
Amy: Both your work and your home spaces require your full attention, so I endeavour to keep them separate, as far as possible. Whether that means working at my study, or the coffee shop up the road, when I need to be close to home it's important to set clear boundaries between these two spaces.
What do you do when you feel like your hands are just getting too full?
Amy: Get back-up. Don't do things you don't have to. Find a babysitter and send your husband on a cooking course. Communicate with your support structure so they know how to be there for you. Don't be afraid to delegate you're not alone!
How do you keep your business structure in place?
Amy: Have a plan. A concise business plan will ensure that you cover all aspects of your business process. Keeping a schedule for your home activities is equally important. Knowing that you have a plan in place allows you to focus more on enjoying your time at home.
How do you cope with surprises?
Amy: I try and be as flexible as possible; to take control of the things I can, and to plan for the things I have no control over. The more adaptable you can be, the more you will thrive outside your comfort zone.
How do you maintain a positive attitude when things get hectic?
Amy: Sometimes it's okay to leave the dishes in the sink. Forgive yourself for snapping at your husband and forgetting the soy patty for that one vegetarian dinner guest. Guilt has a way of taking the joy out of the things that make you happy. Learn from mistakes and let go of guilt.
How do you manage time with your partner?
Amy: Aim for quality time. Don't forget Date Night. The time you have with your husband is so precious, even if it's just a cup of coffee or watching TV on the couch together. Also, make sure that you have quality time with your kids take them for a walk or just watch TV with them. Memories that you and your kids can treasure will be such an anchor in the future.
How do stay grounded in those chaotic times?
Amy: I make it a priority to make time for myself. If you take care of your mind, you take care of your world, says Huffington Post founder Arianne Huffington. Get enough sleep.Don't neglect the simple things that bring you joy.
At the end of the day, it is possible to find that sweet spot where things are going great both at work and in your personal life. Amy is living proof of this but it's important to remember that balance is key.
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