Posted by Jim FL on August 08, 2003 at 13:40:59:
I work with my spouse, sort of.
We each run our own businesses, from home.
She helps me and I help her on occassion, but over all, we each do our own thing.
Right here under one and others foot, daily.
Yes, it does make you get on one and others nerves here and there, and cause some stress.
However, it is nice to take a step back and realize, each day, we get to watch our kids grow up, together.
I like to take time off here and there, and make sure that we each have something “out of the office” to do daily, seperately.
This seems to help.
School has started, and because I’m the busier of the two of us business wise, she handles the kid erranges, for sports and other after school and night time activities.
This seems to help too, because we get time apart.
Beleive me, you need this, just as much as you need “quality time alone together”, “Quality time truly alone” is very important.
It is nice to have another head to bounce ideas off of here and there, and help get things done.
Just be sure to each take time for yourselves, even when it seems there is none.
I took a few days last week at the beach, not all in a rowe.
Yes, I’m playing catch up a bit, but don’t mind, because what had to be done today, will still be there tomorrow if I don’t get it done.
Yes, the 5 a.m. work days sound familiar, and getting up what some might view as late as well.
However, at night, it is quiet, no kids or activities, and paper work, and office work are easier for me to do.
I’m a night owl and always have been, probably always will.
Getting up earlier simply does not work for me, it just keeps me more tired throughout the day, and not sharp.
Rather than change your schedule, take a look at what you do during those times, and become more efficient with its use.
Maybe get someone else to do some things, so you can focus on making money.
Work smart, not hard, something I still need to remind myself of on occassion.
With at least some time off once in a while, as a must.