Juggling Work and Personal Life

JugglingThe last month has been an emotional rollercoaster for my family. While things have been going great with the online business and my wife doing great at her career, we suddenly found ourselves having to move out of the home we have had since 2009.

So the process of finding a new home was daunting to say the least. We knew what we wanted in a home, but we also new this was going to be a temporary home, till we were in the position to buy. Trying to find a suitable home proved to be harder than I initially thought.

We wanted to stay in the same area since my daughter in a sophomore at a very good school. We looked at a few homes that would run us about $1400 to $2200 a month. The house we really wanted was $2000 and on an acre of land out in the country. Would have been perfect. Unfortunately the real estate lady would never return our calls, then we got a hold of the broker and was told he would personally make sure she called us back. Never happened.

So we soldiered on and found a cute house in the same area for about $1750 a month. It is almost perfect. The house is surrounded by big oak trees, so it is almost always in the shade. The only bad thing about the whole deal is we are on a year lease, and they are not even sure they will continue to lease it out after the end of the lease.

So we could be moving again as soon as a year. In the 6 years we have lived in this house we collected far to much junk. I can’t believe how much stuff we have. I have spent two days solid packing.

To top everything off, I still have a business to run. Unfortunately I can do both at the same time. I also can’t just ignore my responsibilities to either. So I have had to figure out a balance, and I am sure I have got it wrong at times.

I spend most of the day packing, because the movers will be here Friday, so I have to have it done. I check in with the business several times a day to see if there are any issue to resolve. The members are most important to me, so I take care of them, but my advertising has gone down hill. I have not been able to do the normal daily tasks I do to keep traffic and sales up.

So there is no perfect way to handle this. I could hire someone to help, but I would need to train them and that would take more time than I have. I should have planned this better, that is the key. Plan your tasks out way ahead of time and make sure you are completing your tasks or make adjustments.

I know the next time I will be better prepared. This has been a good learning experience. I know what to do the next time I have to juggle work and personal life. Life is always going to get in the way, it’s just how you prepare for it that will make all the difference.

Now that I am cooled down, it is time to get back to packing.