D. Keith Robinson (boy he has a rediculously beautiful site), has a post about maintaining your work/work balance. We all know how hard it can be to maintain a work/life balance, but maintaining a work/work balance can be equally as hard due to the pressures of some tasks in your job interfering with the excitement and interest in other tasks for your job.
To illustrate what I mean, I’ll give you and example from my own work. I’ve started a new business that’s primarily built on my experience, talent, and work as a Web designer (etc.) I’ve spent many, many years learning and honing my craft, keeping up with technology, doing good work, building relationships, etc. Now I’ve got my own business and I’ve got a whole new set of things to learn; accounting, legal issues, HR, etc. To top that off I’ve got to spend time working on the business doing things like events, speaking, writing, business development, etc.
All of this takes time. What’s more, it takes time away from me doing actual work. Now, I recognized early on that it was vitally important for me to continue to “do my job”-in fact, that’s a big part of why my clients chose to work with me. But, I’m not going to lie to you, it’s hard to keep both “worlds” going at a high level. For me I find it much easier to work and lean towards that. However, as many business owners will tell you, you need to spend more time working on the business than for the business. And that makes sense.
In the end he gives some great tips on maintainin the work/work balance, which includes:
- Recognize that both sides are important.
- Get a partner or two.
- Focus on one thing at a time.
- Have “pet” projects.
- Learn something new.
- Take advantage of down time.
He explains all these points in great detail on his site, so check it out.