We often talk about taking a break from the screen to get outside, see the world, and find real life inspiration by experiencing something new. But, we also talk a lot about hustling and getting the work done. On a day like today, we know that some of you are choosing to have quality time online and others are using the time to catch up or get ahead. Whatever you choose, we hope that there is some kind of balance on the other end, so we have gathered four of our favorite articles on work life balance.Read More
Many of us have two full-time jobs: Parenting and Entrepreneurship. I don’t know about you, but rarely are both in harmony at the same time. As Joy Cho pointed out in her keynote at Alt Summer, it’s a juggle!
Join our very own Gabrielle Blair, one of the Alt Summit founders, and Artisan Books tomorrow (Wednesday) April 8, 2015 at 9AM PDT/12PM EDT as we chat about how to live well with kids while running a creative business!Read More
The new American Dream is doing what you love or finding and following your passion. But few of us seem to be able to find balance while doing this. Wednesday October 22nd on Twitter at 9AM PT/12PM ET, we'll be attempting to define balance and discussing the challenges of finding balance when doing what you love. Do you think we can have it all? Is there such a thing as balance?Read More
By: Sara Urquhart. Photo by: Justin Hackworth.
A good routine simplifies your life by making decisions for you. If Monday is the day you clean out your inbox, you don’t have to worry about it on Wednesday. If you try to keep business calls on Thursdays, you’ll automatically suggest that when a contact asks what time is best for you.
Forcing these patterns is one option, but finding the patterns that already exist in your work life will probably do you more good. As I’ve considered the natural rhythm of my work week, definite patterns have developed, and now that I’m aware of them, I’m using them to my advantage.
For example, Mondays are my busiest days. My inbox is always full and it’s the day we send out our newsletters and reconnect with our community. I try not to schedule many calls on Mondays because I know my day will be full of screen time. I have weekly calls scheduled with my team on Tuesdays, so that leaves Wednesday and Thursday to make sponsor calls and collaboration calls. Since things have usually slowed down for the week by Friday, I try to spend Friday doing business-y things—checking in with the accountant, paying bills and invoices, and banking.
I’m naturally an early riser, so I take advantage of that, too. I’m not going to fight my natural cycle by trying to work all hours of the night. I know I’ll be most alert and focused when I’m well rested and up early.
When it comes to creating viable work routines, you probably don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Just pay attention to how it’s already spinning.