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Episode 71: Work, Life, and Family Balance

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Let’s start with an easy statement: Finding balance as a business owner is HARD. Seriously, SERIOUSLY hard. Whether you’re single & trying to find balance between work & time with friends, or you’re married with a bunch of kids & trying to find balance among that, balance is a struggle for most business owners. I know as a new mom, I often find it tough to feel good at the end of the day. Either I spent too much time on work stuff & missed spending time with my kiddo, or I played around with my kiddo all day and neglected some work stuff. It’s really hard to have a perfect day where you feel accomplished in all areas of your life. However, it’s very important that we figure out ways to do this, and to help us with this, we have Cathy Olson on the show this week! Cathy went through a pretty life-changing experience as a new mom and business owner a few years back, and it helped put everything in perspective for her. She’s nailed this work, life, family balance thing & in this episode she gives some tips to help you do the same!

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Key Takeaways

  1. Get your priorities straight. To start, pick three important things you have to accomplish today. Don’t try to do everything at once. It’s easy (especially as women!) to feel pressure to do it all. However, picking just three things will help you feel accomplished at the end of the day, which will help you feel good about your day! That way, if you get more done, you feel even BETTER, but if you don’t it’s not a big deal. Kate has a strategy where she picks one business thing, one family thing, and one personal thing each day that she has to accomplish. This helps her feel like no area of her life is being neglected.
  2. Streamline your processes. We know we have covered this before but this is KEY to work, life, family balance as a business owner! There are many ways to streamline. Firstly, you can hire someone to take on some of your tasks. Whether this is an in-person office assistant, a virtual assistant to help with emails, or a retouching company, letting go of small tasks can add up to tons of extra time to spend with family or friends. Secondly, you can also make the most of organization apps and studio management software like Ashley & Julie do (whattup ShootQ!). By being efficient in your workflow, you free up time to spend in other areas of your life!
  3. Unplugging works both ways! Not only is it important to unplug from work stuff when you’re with your family or friends, but it’s also crucial to unplug from family & friend stuff when you’re working! Unplugging in either direction will help you be present and in the moment with whatever you’re doing at the moment, therefore helping you make the most of the time you have! Cathy mentions when she’s on a  business trip, she is pretty much unplugged from her family. Not only does this make her a more effective networker, it keeps her in the right mindset because she isn’t worrying about problems going on at home. On the other hand, unplugging from work stuff when spending time with your family is equally as important. Your kids, husband, boyfriend, best friend, etc should have your undivided attention as much as possible when you’re getting quality personal time in.

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We hope you guys download this episode to hear more tips from Cathy about work, life, and family balance. This is such an important conversation to have, because so many of us feel like we are failing in these areas! The key to happiness as a business owner is figuring this stuff out, so let’s do it together! Do you have some tips to share about balance? Share them on our Facebook page!

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Bonus Videos:

Cathy is an AWESOME web developer & also has some rad videos on her YouTube channel! Here are two bonus videos from Cathy that you guys should watch. They’re great!

Episode 69: Checking in with Kate, Ashley & Julie!

Helllooooo everyone! So we have to be honest, we absolutely LOVE having guests on our podcast! Not only do we think guests bring their awesome expertise to the table, it’s also kinda like having an awesome excuse to hang out with super cool people we look up to in the industry! However, we also love the dynamic the three of us have together, without guests! We have three super unique personalities, and every now & then it’s fun to just hang out in the studio without anyone else! This week, we realized it’s been awhile since we’ve “checked in” with you guys, so we’re chatting about all things US and giving you an update on some cool stuff each of your PhotoSpark hosts have been doing!

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Kate: In classic Kate-style, she’s choosing to use her 5 minutes in the spotlight to vent about someone (ok she probably does vent more than the other PhotoSpark hosts, but venting keeps things interesting…right?). She chats about a situation where a client seemed to be taking advantage of a special “friends only” discount she offered after said client ditched out on the shoot. It’s hard to explain via the blog, so you’ll have to listen to the episode in order to understand what I’m talking about.

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Ashley: If venting about clients is classic Kate-style, talking about Yelp is classic Ashley-style and she doesn’t disappoint this week! 🙂 While Kate & Ashley both use Yelp to find clients, Ashley is definitely the main Yelper of the PhotoSpark hosts. Ashley did a small business webinar for Yelp a couple weeks ago as a guest host, and she chatted about how to get more reviews. Ashley chatted about 5 star process from start to finish, and the webinar was amazing! She had 500 RSVPs and it was very well received!

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Julie: Aaaaand here comes Julie with her super awesome travel stories! She was lucky enough to travel to Mexico for Melissa McClure’s wedding last month, and she’s sharing about it. She’s notorious for scheduling travel around work, so she’ll schedule a TON of shoots every time she travels, but this time she only scheduled ONE and it was for a close friend. So she chats this week about separating yourself from work while you’re on a trip, and how important it is sometimes to disconnect & just enjoy yourself!

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We hope you guys don’t mind the millions of mess-ups and bloopers in this episode… haha we’re not unorganized, we’re endearing… and quirky… right?! Anyway, please keep listening each week & subscribe on iTunes!! If you haven’t left us a review yet, you can do that too! THANK YOU!!!

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