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.
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.
Resources from this podcast:
- Mark Timm
- Michael Hyatt
- Asian Efficiency
- That quote: “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” -Annie Dillard
- “Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule” by Paul Graham
- What a Maker’s Schedule is, and how it’s revolutionizing my work time – Stephanie’s take on using the Maker’s Schedule
“Intentionality is the main thing.” -Ryan Langford
Find Ryan and Stephanie:
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Thanks for joining us for today’s podcast!
All photos from my Instagram account.