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Podcast: Our work schedule (and how to come up with your own) via EntreFamily.com

Podcast #20: Our work schedule (and how to come up with your own)

Balancing work time between spouses, especially when you’ve got a family to take care of, can be more than a little tricky.

We’ve written previously about our work schedules and daily/weekly routines (here and here). They’re an ever-evolving thing for us, and yet the longer we do this dance of both of us working from home while sharing family and homeschool duties, the better we get at it. 

It’s a frequent topic in our EntreFamily Facebook group, and a continual conversation with other EntreFamilies we know in real life. We’d be willing to bet it’s a topic that matters to you, too.

Hard as it can be, it is possible to find rhythms and routines that allow you to both keep on top of your business, do your most important work AND care for your family intentionally in the midst of it all.

So join us as we share how it works in our home, what we’ve learned about ourselves and each other, and the key things to take into account as you create your own shared work schedule.

Ryan's work setup. Blocking out the world with his noise-reducing headphones and enjoying his MANY screens.

Ryan’s work setup. Blocking out the world with his noise-reducing headphones and enjoying his MANY screens.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • How we devised our weekly personal and work schedules, and how we make it work while homeschooling our five kids (note: this podcast was recorded before we put our kids into school temporarily).
  • Why our schedules perpetually evolve and always will.
  • The three parts of our work day and why we divide it up that way.
  • Creative ways to get more work done when you’ve got kids in the home (hint: the work force you might not have considered).
  • How your personal routine (or lack thereof) affects your work routine.
  • The invaluable effects of personal reflection.
  • Key things to consider when creating a schedule that will work for you.
  • Why it’s important to understand your own values and personal mission (as well as those of your spouse).
  • The practicalities — work responsibilities, kid’s schooling, extracurricular activities, personal rhythms and productivity, mealtimes and bedtimes and the pillars of your day.
  • Why you should keep trying when scheduling gets frustrating.
Mischievous but adorable munchkins playing by mommy's desk.

Mischievous but adorable munchkins playing by mommy’s desk.

Resources from this podcast:

Quotable:

“Intentionality is the main thing.” -Ryan Langford

Find Ryan and Stephanie:

Ultimate Bundles

Entrefamily

Entrefamily on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Go ahead and listen by clicking on the play button right here at the top of the post.

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Thanks for joining us for today’s podcast!

All photos from my Instagram account.

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Podcast #19: Why More Money Won’t Motivate You (with Seth & Katie of WellnessMama.com)

The best businesses are about more than just business. That couldn’t be truer than for Katie and Seth of WellnessMama.com, who joined us for today’s podcast.

When you meet another EntreFamily that’s really rocking their business, you have no choice but to get nosy, ask questions and find out what they’re doing right.

And what they’re doing may surprise you… it’s not so much about the money or the numbers or the specific strategies they’re employing (although yes, there’s all of that) but it’s what’s behind the business strategy that makes the most difference.

I don’t want to give too much away so I’ll let you join us and listen in as Katie and Seth share their story of how they got going, and how they plan to keep moving forward based on their values and vision.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • What led Katie into studying nutrition and how that experience became the catalyst to create WellnessMama.com
  • About Katie and Seth’s entrepreneurial “aha moment,” when making a living from the blog became a tangible reality
  • How an entrepreneur’s motivation shapes the success or failure of the business
  • Why Katie continues to write: “It’s never been about making money.” ~Katie
  • Strategies for creating, maintaining, and enhancing connections with your customer community.
  • The simple, driving philosophy behind Seth and Katie’s business ventures
  • How to let go, reevaluate, streamline, and stop obsessing over every detail.
  • Their favorite tools to stay organized and keep up with an ever-growing blog.
It was only fitting to include a photo of Katie in a Cincinnati Reds hat. :)

It was only fitting to include a photo of Katie in a Cincinnati Reds hat. 🙂

Resources from this podcast:

WordPress
Google Docs
1Password
Genesis Framework
WordPress SEO plugin
Gravity Forms
Dropbox
Skype
Evernote
Asana
Slack
Signal

That quote: “Entrepreneurs are willing to work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week.” -Lori Greiner

Their website has recently gotten a beautiful update, but here's a little glimpse of the whole Wellness family, minus the newest addition.

Their website has recently gotten a beautiful update, but here’s a little glimpse of the whole Wellness family, minus the newest addition.

Quotable:

“Entrepreneurship and creating businesses and creating value is the way that things become better in the world.” -Seth

Find Katie and Seth:

WellnessMama.com

WellnessMama on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and Pinterest

 

Go ahead and listen by clicking on the play button right here at the top of the post.

Or, listen directly through iTunes or Stitcher!

Thanks for joining us for today’s podcast!

Your Weekly Brew

It’s so hard to believe that our time here in lovely Southern France is coming to a close.

In just under a week, we check out of the 300-year old stone house we’ve called home this past month, return our rental car, validate our Eurail passes, and hop on a train to Italy (the land of la dolce vita, good espresso, even better food and wine, and late trains).

Our time here has been a joy, though, especially as we’ve found better balance between our work-school-family life balance than we have in such a very long time. Next week, I hope to share a post with you about exactly what that has looked like, and open up a conversation about how we structure our days and weeks as EntreFamilies.

But for now, the weekly brew… plenty of reads on diverse topics as you head into your weekend (apparently I was in a reading mood this week). Enjoy and a bientôt!

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Your Weekly Brew

Do you ever just love what you do?

Coming back from a couple weeks off, the first vacation we’ve taken in quite some time, has been invigorating. It’s such a blessing to realize that for all that can be hard about it, I (and Ryan, as well) really, truly enjoy my work and feel grateful to get up and do it each day.

Perhaps that’s one of the best parts of being an entrepreneur. Steve Jobs once said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

Now, I don’t think that’s entirely true (when we’re committed to pursuing excellence in everything we do, we can do great work even in areas we aren’t passionate about it), but I do agree that our very best work bubbles up from a deep love for what we’re doing.

What about you? Are you doing work that you love? (Or perhaps, working your tush off to bring you closer to the goal of being able to do that?)

I hope that some of these links inspire you this coming week in whatever work you’re doing!

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How to make time for your business as a stay-at-home mom

As a mom, it can be tough to get the work time you need.

Though many of us have some sort of work-share arrangement with our husbands this isn’t always the case, and it certainly isn’t how most of us start out in the early years of our business.

In the first 5+ years of running my online business, Ryan worked long hours, while I cared full-time for our home and kids. This was what we both wanted, and I loved what I was doing at home, but I also enjoyed blogging and being in business and so I made it a priority to fit it in somehow.

Often, that means fitting it in the cracks, in those small, sacred slots of time. Before the kids wake up. After they go to bed. When they take a nap or they all somehow manage to occupy themselves and you find yourself with a relatively quiet home.

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