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  • Kelsea Koenreich

Creating Work-Life Separation for Balance

Today, I want to delve into a topic I've mentioned countless times: not just work-life balance, but a crucial concept I've been discussing with clients—work-life separation. Before we dive into its creation and importance, let’s address the elephant in the room: many women believe that work-life balance isn't achievable. 

When mothers who are also business owners hear the term “work-life balance,” they often dismiss it as unattainable. This belief saddens me. My passion for helping women restructure their businesses to enjoy life stems from my own experiences and childhood. My mother wasn’t present due to her choices, and while we have healed and built a beautiful relationship now, her absence during my childhood left a lasting impact. This realization fuels my drive to assist women in creating businesses that support their lives, not consume them.

Work-life balance is often dismissed because it feels impossible. Instead of viewing it as an evenly distributed scale, think of balance as a result of work-life separation. Balance isn’t about equal time for each role but about the quality of time spent. It's about creating structure and boundaries that prevent overlap between work and personal life.

Practical Steps to Achieve Work-Life Separation

1. Schedule with Intention: Start with a clear CEO schedule, allocating time for work, family, self-care, and other responsibilities. This helps visualize your commitments and ensures everything has a place. For instance, a client of mine found relief by restructuring her schedule to accommodate both work and family time effectively.

2. Define Balance on Your Terms: Balance isn’t one-size-fits-all. It’s about what feels right to you. Identify what makes you feel imbalanced and address those areas. Experiment with different schedules and routines to find what works best for you.

3. Embrace Structure for Flexibility: Structure doesn’t confine; it frees you from overwhelm. By knowing when and where you’ll handle each task, you reduce stress and improve your overall well-being. For example, checking emails only at designated times can prevent it from encroaching on family time.

4. Focus on Quality Time: Prioritize quality over quantity. Ten minutes of undistracted time with your children or a focused hour with a client can be more impactful than longer, less engaged periods.

Embracing Structure and Creating Boundaries

Some women resist structure, fearing it limits spontaneity. However, structure allows for flexibility and better time management. It enables you to move tasks around as needed, ensuring you meet your responsibilities without feeling overwhelmed.

Create physical and emotional boundaries for each role you play—CEO, mother, partner. When working, be fully present; when with family, disconnect from work. This separation reduces overwhelm and enhances the quality of interactions in each role.

Work-life balance is possible when viewed as a result of effective work-life separation. Identify what doesn’t feel good, restructure your schedule, and create dedicated spaces for your various roles. This approach leads to a more balanced, fulfilling life where you can be present and effective in each role.

If you need help fixing the problems in your business that are taking away from your enjoyment of life and preventing you from having quality time with your family, download The Female Founders Freedom Framework for free today.

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