How To Balance Your Workload: Corporate America vs. Your Own Business
How Do You Balance Your Workload When Both Sides Are Pulling At You?
People generally start their own business for a couple of reasons. One, they are forced to because they have been let go from their jobs and can’t find another. Another reason is that you simply want to get out of the slavery of Corporate America and get out of the Rat Race. If you remain in Corporate America while you are building your business, there are some challenges you face.
For me, working on building my business every day is a passion. It is all I want to do. Once I made the decision to leave Corporate America, I crossed a line that I could never go back across. I will become a successful entrepreneur and business owner or die trying. But for now, I remain in Corporate while I work hard on my business. I am almost ready to turn and walk away, but not quite yet. In the meantime, I have a very demanding job. Some days, I have the luxury of some free time and can work on my business. Some days though, like today, I do not. I have deadlines and demands from my company that I cannot ignore. And the tasks I want to do for my business just have to wait. I have tried to find a way to balance these emotions without getting too frustrated. I hope these tips help you if you are in the same situation.
Tips For Balancing Corporate America Demands vs. Desire To Work On Your Business
- Dedicate 2 hours every morning before you start work in corporate to work on your business. Have a set goal the night before of what you are going to accomplish in that 2 hours. Then, if you are not able to get back to in that day, you can always look back and know that you accomplished something in the right direction for your business.
- Become emotionally detached from your corporate job. Most of us are hard workers and dedicated and care about the job we do, how we serve others, and how others perceive us. However, it is important to not carry emotions about it. Know that you are simply ‘serving’ one of your ‘clients’ that just happens to be a bit more demanding than your other clients. Take care of the beast first, and keep the emotions out of it.
- Take your lunch time and decide what you are going to do about your business that evening. How much time you can spend, and what you want to accomplish during that time. At the end of the day you are too tired and will have a hard time coming up with what you can accomplish effectively, and will end up wasting time.
- Write down what you accomplish for your business every day. At the end of the week, look at that list. It will be HUGE. And you should be proud of it that you are that much closer to leaving that corporate job.
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