SPI 047 : Maintaining a Balanced Life

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In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I talk about what it’s like to try and maintain a balanced life, one that involves an expanding family and trying to get things done in my business at the same time.

In three words: it’s not easy.

I get a lot of emails a lot about how I prioritize things and share my attention between family and work, and since the recent birth of our baby daughter I figured now was a better time than ever to address some of these things.

I wish I could tell you there was a magic formula one could follow to easily maintain a well-balanced life, but I’m still looking for that formula myself. But, because of some very conscious decisions I’ve made I’ve been able to make progress in my businesses while still being there as a father and a husband.

It all comes down to priorities and understanding whether or not our actions reflect what’s important to us.

I don’t share all of this to tell you how to live – we are all living different lives and I don’t have a right to tell you what you should do, but I share my experiences only because I feel that you might be able to learn from them, one way or another. That’s really what this blog is all about – this podcast just gets into the why of what we do instead of the how, although I do talk about a few specific strategies that I use.

But, the how doesn’t really matter if there’s no why to drive it.

In this session, I talk about:

  • Two million podcast downloads!
  • Our new baby daughter and how she’s changing our lives.
  • The one thing that has helped me the most to make sure I get great work done, but also enjoy the time I spend with my family.
  • A work-related item that I am ashamed of and was totally my own fault.
  • Several struggles that I’ve encountered as a work-at-home entrepreneur.
  • Multiple strategies for separating work-mode from non-work-mode.
  • Why your first priority should always be you.
  • My top business priorities and how that leads to income generation.
  • The most important thing to remember when it comes to living a 100% balanced life all of the time.

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Items mentioned in this podcast include:

Video of My Office Where I Started my Online Business

Here’s the video I mentioned in the blog about my home office back in 2009:

(Or click here to watch on YouTube)

A Just For Fun Video:

I didn’t mention this video in the podcast, but I added it here just for fun. I shot this by throwing a GoPro Hero cam into the air in my backyard. I hope you enjoy:

(Or click here to watch on YouTube)

Thank you for letting me get personal with you in today’s podcast session and sharing our joy in the birth of our daughter. Thank you for over 2,000,000 podcast downloads and thank you for listening to the show!

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Transcript

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  • http://www.zzneo.pl Teresa

    Hi Pat,
    I agree with you 100%. I hope I will achieve the same what you did. That’s why I’m working on my blogs (still under construction).
    Best wishes,
    Teresa

    • http://getfreepremium.com/ Ben Troy

      Sure, that is internet life style that many entrepreneurs are trying to archive the goal, A lot of works and s smart long term strategy.

    • http://libeltyseo.com TomL

      I feel that a huge stepping stone for internet marketers (and reason why most fail) is to start treating this as an actual business. Seems that you have that down very well.

      Then once you start feeling comfortable and start getting offers for work left and right the balance becomes an issue. Do you turn away that $5,000 per month check even though you’re swamped or not? Am I willing to sacrifice the time I spend with my family? And if yes, for how much?

      Great podcast!

      Regards,

      TomL

  • http://menajo.com Mena Jo

    Congratulations on the birth of your little girl – what a beautiful name too.

    Totally agree with the order of your priorities; although I place God at number one, but the rest is the same for me. You have to put yourself first otherwise you will burn out from all the people pleasing. The people that matter most in your life, get that or at least they should.

  • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

    well said my friend. many of us get caught up in the rush and lose perspective of what truly matters first and foremost. good episode to inject some sense back and re prioritize focus

  • http://www.joblessbydesign.com Adam @ JoblessByDesign

    Pat, your honesty and insight is always refreshing especially in a field saturated by those all too willing to “bend the truth” for their own personal gains. Everything you’ve done from the beginning up to this day has been nothing but well deserved.

    Ever since reading your mind mapping article you wrote a while ago it has certainly helped me prioritize and visualize my projects and allowed me to gain a foothold on all initial projects. Now if I could just master your level of Black belt concentration and focus I’ll be on the right path to even more passive income!

  • http://diywpblog.com/ Matthew Horne

    OMG pat, I have been telling my fiancee this for years that she must put herself first. I have always lived by my own saying, that “one must take care of oneself in order to take care of others.”

    She tries to take care of everyone and puts herself last, this can make her stressed and ill. I hope one day she will take my adive, I will share this with her.

    • http://www.cleanseandblend.com Andy

      I have the same problem Matt. My fiancee is horrible at taking care of herself, but will bend over backwards to help others.

      It’s really hard to convince someone that it’s a good thing to help others less in the immediate, so that they can help others even more in the future.

  • http://www.prosperityclicks.com/ Rob @ Prosperity Clicks

    Pat,

    First, congratulations on the new addition to your family! I’m very happy for you and your wife.

    Second, I certainly agree with many of the points you’ve made in this podcast. Specifically, the part about putting yourself first. The only way one can truly benefit someone else is to ensure that Number One is taken care of first.

    One thing I’ve noticed about most successful entrepreneurs is that a large majority of them study personal development. For many of them, this helps them to keep their life prioritized correctly and keep a mental clarity in their life.

    It’s certainly helped me and I recommend it to everyone.

    Enjoyed this podcast. Keep up the great work you do, Pat.

  • http://howtostartablog101.net Alex @ How To Start A Blog 101

    Pat your openness and honesty is really incredible but inspiring at the same time, it’s nice to see I’m not the only one with a serious work life balance problem and it’s refreshing to listen to this and hear some of your solutions.

    I found Leo’s book on Focus from Zen Habits was really helpful in helping split my time between work and life by helping me focus on the task at hand and I’ve been able to get my work done with a lot more focus which has helped me finish quicker leaving more time for life!!

  • http://www.aal-productz.com/podcasts/aal-productz-wordpress-security-podacast-1 Harish Dundurthi

    Hi Pat,
    Good video of your office Pat. But, can you show your present office video. As many of them (including me) are willing to see your present office video. Can you update this podcast with that video?

  • http://ihaveacaffeineproblem.com Brandon Breshears

    Hey Pat,

    Awesome podcast! I have been trying to pull of work/family/and side online biz too. This is so valuable for me. Thanks man!

    Brandon

  • http://www.internetmarketing-advice.net The Secret Insider

    Hi Pat, thank you for sharing that and congrats on both the birth of your daughter, and 2 million downloaded Podcasts, incredible! I love the quotes on the office walls, ‘The harder I work the luckier I become’ is now my new motto.

    Cheers
    SI

  • http://thehowtomakemoneyonlinemom.com Julie

    What a great post. I am finding it hard to find balance when working from home but I always try to change things up to make it better.

  • http://www.studenomics.com Martin

    The designated area for business is key. I’ve struggled with this forever. Blogging in bed is convenient, but my girlfriend doesn’t appreciate it too much. I’ve found that I’m most productive when I force myself to leave home and go to a coffee shop.

    Have you guys noticed that you’re more productive when you leave home?

    Btw, I really liked the point about how quick we are to get back to the plate. I’ve found that failure isn’t a problem. Giving up is!

  • http://purchaseplr.com Jessica Kihara

    You’re so right – it’s not easy to maintain a balanced life. I think this is the case no matter what your profession is. It just seems like there’s so many things to do and not enough hours in the day.

    BTW, the video where you throw the camera in the air looks really cool! I would be so terrified that I’d drop the camera, but the video came out great.

  • http://www.gireviews.net Brendan

    I think a lot of people lose sight of things like this, Pat. Despite looking for ‘passive income,’ it’s rarely truly passive. It’s just about doing it on your own terms.

    And if you’re a driven, Gary V-type of individual, then this can cause huge problems.

    I started reading Zen Habits about 6 months ago when I almost had a total meltdown and it totally changed my perspective on things. I think this podcast is going to mean a lot to people. You teach a lot about how to turn things up and do more, and people pigeon-hole themselves into pushing endlessly. I think this podcast has come at a perfect time for a lot of people.

  • https://www.adaptu.com Jenna, Adaptu Community Manager

    For a second there I though you were tossing your baby boy up in the air with the Go Pro…

  • http://www.jasonloveslife.com Jason Love

    Great podcast as usual.
    Congratulations on the addition to your family. My wife and I are expecting our first at the end of November.

    This is probably just my analytic OCD side, but was wondering if you plan out what your time is going to be used for ahead of time (week or month) or wait till that day to decide. Also, do you have specific amount of time allocated to different parts of your business (social media, content creation, comments, etc).

    Also I wanted to mention I love your past podcast (can’t remember the number) that you talked about how your create a flow sheet with stopping points (project management style) and that is how you know what to do next. I have yet to implement this procedure list approach, but hope to get on this soon.
    THANKS AGAIN for the great content!

    • Therm

      It’s session 12. Was my favorite until this one.

  • http://www.topbloggingcoach.com Theodore Nwangene

    Very very good Pat. Such is life, just imagine how things can change within a twinkle of an eye. Few months ago, you were still a father of one and all of a sudden you now have children, interesting.

    I just pray that God will give you the strenght to cope with the changes.

    Thanks and more greeze to your elbows.

    BTW: I hope the next one will be aboy, and when are we expecting him? hahaha, lol, just kidding

  • http://www.cleanseandblend.com Andy

    Thanks for this episode Pat, it really struck a chord with me.

    I’m working on breaking free from the day job, but right now it still pays the bills and is a necessity.

    Unfortunately, I work at a busy cancer center, and my schedule is in constant flux. For the first two years I worked here, I was the only person in the whole medical complex in my position. I was on-call 24/7 for two years before we finally got me a co-worker. Because of this, it’s become very difficult for me to segregate work from my personal life, and I know my personal life has suffered because of it.

    However, at the same time I’m grateful that it’s worked out this way. Without the push of working for a place with no regard for my personal life, I never would’ve worked so hard to make a living on the internet. Every time I start to slack a little with my online work, something happens at my job to remind me why it’s so important to get away from it. And hopefully using methods I’ve learned here and at Sunil’s blog, among other places, it will become a reality.

    Thanks much Pat, and keep up the great work!

  • http://www.kfm24.com Kenny Fabre

    Pat

    maintaining a balanced life is key. I mean the key to happiness is a balanced life, time for work, family, an fun

  • http://xn------5cdcbmv4ambb2eolit.com/ Lubo

    A good podcast episode! I recently listened to “Manager Tools” covering the same topic. Check it out if you haven’t yet!: http://www.manager-tools.com/2012/08/work-family-balance-chapter-1-go-home

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    More more more!!! Hahaha:)

  • http://www.theofficeescape.com/category/blog/ Ella | The Office Escape

    Pat, you are a true inspiration. Especially when I found out that you and your wife are also Filipinos.

    Loved that you shared your humble beginnings with us. Hope you can give another office tour of what your office looks like now so we can see how you manage work life balance within your home office. I tried for 4 years to have a home office but it really doesn’t work for me so I moved out and rented a tiny office near our house.

    Looking forward for more podcast!

  • http://www.relicwatchess.com/relic-grant-two-tone-stainless-steel-chronograph-watch/ Nino

    Find a balanced life is anything but not easy. Obligations and challenges are increasing day by day and we all need to fit in and achieve this progress. Organization and productivity are the key to everything.

  • http://www.EntrepreneurOnFire.com John Lee Dumas

    Such a great podcast episode Pat, and timely for me too! Gives me the inspiration to continue to charge full speed ahead. Thanks!

  • http://www.buying-your-first-home.com Steph

    Congrats on your new baby girl!

    I really enjoy all your podcasts and all the content you provide. This episode was especially helpful, since I sometimes find it hard balancing my job, blogs, family and day to day life! Great tips, as always!

  • http://www.shalusharma.com Shalu Sharma

    Nice of you to show your office. Simple and effective. Nice to see you reiterate those inspirational words you have on your wall.

  • http://www.hippiehealthcoach.com Jocelyn, Hippie Health Coach

    I’m a new reader and living a balanced life is one of my favorite topics. I think you hit the nail on the head: There is no formula to a balanced life. Just as each of us is different, meaning my balance looks different from yours, every single day is different. Maybe today you work extra hours, but tomorrow you take a bit of extra time for yourself and to spend with family. Figure out what works for YOU – and then work with each day’s unique offerings. Find ways to nurture your body and soul, and course-adjust as needed, always keeping your highest priorities and values in mind.

  • http://affiliatemarketingdirectory.org/ Lynn

    Hey Pat,

    I’ve almost the same type of computer desk as yours and I always have backache problem after a day’s work. I think the monitor is too near and desk is too narrow Your space look equally cramp like mine.

    With the amount of earning you have now, you should invest in better ergonomic office furniture. I’m looking around for one before it is too late (more unknown medical ailments occur).

    • Pat

      Hey Lynn, that was my old “office space” in my old 1-br apartment. I had no choice at the time, that’s the only place I had to set up shop. I’ve since moved out of that apartment and have my own home office in a house. I have better furniture now, hehe.

  • http://www.lendacademy.com Peter Renton

    Hey Pat, Great podcast this one. I am in the same boat as you, just a couple of years ahead, with a 5 year old boy and a 3 year old girl. Working from home balance is something I struggle with constantly. I love what I do and I would be happy to work 80 hours a week but I need balance. I like the idea of being strict with family time and work time – that is something I will be more conscious of in future.

  • Therm

    BY FAR, my favorite podcast of yours…HANDS DOWN (Prior to this was session 12). I speak in exaggerated tones to get my point across, but this is no exaggeration…this was my fav of yours.

    A key takeaway from what you spoke about (that I think EVERY parent needs to heed) is creating family time and giving 100% of yourself to that family.

    Keoni was born right around the time my first son was born (I beat you to a new daughter two years later). This was during the peak of my internet business interest. I thought “well I HAVE to work even harder now to accomplish the internet living dream”. Well, I’m still a 9-5 guy who loves his job, but I run my position with a lot of your teachings. I’d bring work home and thought I was doing enough by being there physically. I had to take a step back and realize my priority was my family and that they needed me 100% there. My phones don’t get answered, I don’t try to do work, I don’t browse the internet…I don’t do any of it until the kids go to bed. I get what work I can get done in the time allotted. Completely fine with that until the kids grow older.

    I REALLY hope people heed your advice on that. It has made my quality of life shoot through the roof. I was already a low stress person, but it decreased that by more. I was already a happy person…I’m happier. The benefits are endless.

  • Casey Dennison

    Pat! I love the podcast man. I read a book called “Focus” from Leo of zenhabits.net. It was a really good read, and has helped me to focus on the things in my life that really matter the most. I also loved the take risk’s video at the end of the post, very creative.

    All the best,
    Casey

  • http://www.jamescanzanella.com James Canzanella

    This is exactly what I was looking for. Attempting to create a balance in my life between the ‘bodybuilders’ lifestyle and creating a business is something I have been striving to improve upon every day.

  • http://tkoconsulting.net Donald S

    Pat, Great podcast/info as usual! As a few other people mentioned I too think it would be great to see a video of your office as it looks today.

    Thanks for all the info and inspiration!

  • Jason M. Poe

    I listened to this podcast while multitasking. I may have missed the point and need to re-listen. :)

  • http://www.LimitlessMindset.com Jonathan Roseland

    Very useful podcast Pat! I think it’s debateably easier for single people (I wonder what proportion of listeners to your podcast fall into this demo?) to fall into an unbalanced workaholic lifestyle. It would be interested in hearing tips for single ‘none parents’ to not fall into a workaholics lifestyle. I guess I could
    - Spend 2 hours in gym every day
    - Try to go on a date or hit a happy hour 5 days a week (sounds like a lot of alcohol consumption though… LOL)

    Any other ideas??

  • http://cuerpoaldente.com Dennis

    That’s so crazy Pat, your flat and office space back in 2009 looks so similar to my current flat and “office” :) It motivates me so much to think one day I could give me family a cool place to live just like you did

    congrats on your new baby girl! (and btw, Im also expecting a baby girl :)

    cheers

  • http://www.whatlanguagedotheyspeak.com Kevin

    Another Great Pod Cast! Thanks Pat for all that you do.

  • http://CashFlowsToo.com Monty Campbell

    Greeting Pat,

    Congrats on your second child. Your son being protective is an awesome feeling. You picked out a wonderful name as well.

    I think you are rare in that you help people but you show where you have made mistakes too. Right now, I’m working with a team to build something that is far bigger than we could have done alone. We are all challenge but striving not to be burnt out. The intention is to help people beyond just the basics.

    Similar to you we want to inspire people to reach their goals and dreams. As we travel to Georgia this week, I will keep in mind what you are saying about living a balanced life and approach it in a way that will help my family and I in a new way.

    Cheer Mr. Flynn and Great Job

  • http://www.mesavemoney.com Clayton

    One of the insights I learned as a fire fighter was that if you don’t keep yourself safe you can’t help anyone else. Getting to the scene safe and prioritizing taking care of our own first sounded odd at first, but it really makes a lot of sense. It definitely translates over into other parts of my life as well like health, diet, and relationships.

  • http://ddigangi.com Dan DiGangi

    Great post and podcast Pat. I just started to write up something for my blog on the power and importance of balance in your life. We have a lot of thoughts that coincide.

    Thanks for another great piece of content!

    Best Regards,
    Dan DiGangi
    @ddigangi

  • http://passiveincomenewbie.com/5-ways-you-can-make-money-online/ Michael O’Neal

    Pat,

    Loved the podcast. One of the hardest things about being an entrepreneur (as I tell my friends anyway) is that I’m “always working”, and “never working”. So, there’s always that time freedom where I can spend time with people I love, but sometimes I have to jump on my phone or take a phone call when I’m out to dinner or something. I think once you get to a certain level that evens out a bit, and you can be a little more discretionary behind how you give your time (which is a great place to be…) but as Gary V taught us…when you hustle, you hustle.

    Anyway, thanks for inspiring. Hope you’re getting a bit of sleep.

  • http://www.unchartedhorizons.com Michael Bryant

    Thanks for the podcast. You helped my Friday roll by quickly as I was listening and cleaning.

    My biggest complaint is that I wish I had heard this 25 years ago when I had young children. I did not heed business/family boundaries and subsequently lost connection with them as they matured. I made some radical changes one of which was to leave the job I loved so I could re-establish a relationship with them.

    Today I am glad to report that I chat and visit regularly with them and my grandchildren. Keep up the good work, your personal transparency is something that I really connect to.

  • http://theaipaproject.com/ Daniel

    Pat,

    You are the man! I enjoy all of your podcast and really enjoyed this one. Maintain balance in your life is super important. This was a great reminder for me. Since I’m in the early stages of building my website I find myself stuck in tunnel vision at times. Every so often I have to “pump the brakes” and remember to Nalu…take it easy and go with the flow.

    By the way. you made me want to get a GoPro even more! thanks a lot. haha.

    Mahalo. Aloha. A hui hou

  • http://pogospring.com Adrian

    Hi Pat, always great content. I recently started a new blog based on all the success I hear about via your site as well as a few of the other blogs I read.

    I’d be very interested to hear your opinions on drop shipping as an online model, I’ve had success (and failure) with this business model and am thinking of launching a new drop shipping business. Any advice on what to plan for prior to launching?

    Adrian

  • http://www.beyourkidsphotographer.com Jason

    Pat,

    I have a DLink router at my home ( I am at work right now) and it just doesn’t like your new anti-spam stuff. I can never comment on your posts ( it just sends me to Neverland)

  • http://getfreepremium.com/ PhuongLe

    Thanks for another podcast

  • http://www.kapital-internet.de Martin

    Hi Pat, I like to read your content.
    I work every day until 12 hours and in the evening I’m ready for my new blog, which started last time.
    Your Post raise me hopes next time to work less in my Job and work more from my home.

    Martin

  • http://twitter.com/jecoatwork Jeco

    Simple workspace but produce great works !
    Great furniture comes later.
    This set example for people to start their business with limited budget.

    • http://www.thuthuatwordpress.com/ PhuongLe

      yeah, I also like that MAC ;)

  • http://www.problogger.gr Panagiotis Kontogiannis

    Balanced life means something different in one people from someone as 5$ is a different value in India and US, right?

    • http://www.thuthuatwordpress.com/ PhuongLe

      you mean the difference between currency rate ?

      • http://www.problogger.gr Panagiotis Kontogiannis

        No, I mean that while in the U.S. with $ 5 you can buy chewing gum in India with five dollars people live all day

  • http://www.payable.com/service/server/server-configuration Linda

    Great post.
    I totally agree with you , always we must lead a balanced life.

  • sharon

    I loved seeing the video from 2009, in your little 1 BR apt. Judging from your recent monthly financial reports, I’m betting you have moved to a place with a bit more room. You may have already posted this, but if not, it would be fun to see how far you’ve come since then. Two kids, a bigger place (your own house?) and did you get the Spider???

  • http://www.janepeng.com Jane

    Absolutely loved the video and the message, Pat! It really brought a smile and was inspiring in so, so many ways. Never thought of using a GoPro that way – will have to get one before my New Zealand trip next month and toss is around for a bit as well! (Will practice catching skills beforehand)

    Keep up with the wonderful posts!

  • Krista

    Lol,

    You said you can’t get that car yet UMMMMM LAST TIME I CHECKED YOU’VE BEEN MAKING 50,000 PER MONTH OR SO EVERY MONTH. You live in a tiny apartment, which apparently you have downsized from your last home…If I do the math correctly, I’m sure you get that car no problem.

    Your philosophy in the past, was work smart..not work hard. You spent the majority of your time with your family, and always looked at your business as a secondary means to happiness. I remember you even going through your daily schedule and this is by far different than your current way of looking at things.

    Your philosophies have changed quite quickly since I used to view your blog..which is quite interesting.

    What happened to your nice home office? Where did that disappear to?

    UM ISN’T THIS A PASSIVE INCOME BLOG????

    • Pat Flynn

      Krista – that video was made in 2009. It is now 2012. I’m still in my newer, bigger home office – I talk about it in most of this podcast episode – did you not listen to it?

      Yes, I can afford that car now, but I have more important things to do with my money right now since we’ve added 2 kids to our family.

      I’m still working smart, which has allowed me to take the past 2 months off basically since my daughter entered this world and still continue to earn $50k/month. The majority of my time is still spent with my family.

  • http://www.fling4.com Fling4

    $50k/month is BIG money, and you are true inspiration about me. I’m reading you and want one day to make the half from your income.

  • http://www.DebtToLife.com Wesley Wiley

    Hi Pat!
    Great episode. I work at home, and while I LOVE it, it’s incredibly difficult to stay focused. I have a 13 month old princess, and we’re having a boy in December. Setting up boundaries so I can focus on work is very difficult, but your podcast helped push me over the edge in a positive way. First, I rededicated myself to being fully present in non-work times, and second, it’s helped me to set-up clear and beneficial boundaries during work hours. I feel bad doing this, but I actually have to lock my office door as my daughter is now big enough to open the door unless it’s locked. So it’s sad when I hear her playing in the living room outside my office but she reaps the rewards as well when work time is done and I am fully present with her before & after work.
    Thanks for the inspiration & congrats on your daughter!
    Wesley

  • http://micha.mazaheri.me Micha Mazaheri

    Hi Pat! For sure you understand business so well, but what makes you so different from others is you really understand LIFE! Congrats! And thank you so much for all the energy you give me. I’m quite aware of the basic Internet and iOS Apps stuff so what I really enjoy in your podcasts is your organization tips, how you deal with your personal life and your motivations. That’s awesome man! Thanks a lot!
    Micha

  • http://www.theaffiliatemarketinglab.com Monja

    Pat,
    I totally enjoy your Podcasts and Posts (just voted for you in the Podcast Award). What I would love to know – where did you get the music you can use in the video? I’ve been trying to make some nice videos with slideshows but I don’t know where to find music I can use in the videos.
    Thanks for your answer in advance!
    Monja

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  • http://www.autismmom.net Sarah

    Pat, thank you so much for sharing your successes and your life with us. When you make things personal it feels like an average person like me can make a difference like you do. As a mom of two young boys I want to offer you my sincere congratulations on your new baby girl.
    I have one question for you… After watching your go-pro video (the message, by the way, was astounding) I have one question… where is your lawn? Your entire backyard looks like it is paved? ;-)
    Thanks again for the amazing pod casts and content. I look forward to more!

  • http://www.kidsrideonvehicles.com Kids Ride On Toys

    Yes that elusive balance. I experience daily the work-at-home entrepreneur and work vs. non-work mode challenges. Particularly tough if things aren’t at where one wants or needs them to be can be tough to turn of the clock with cashflow seeming more distant … or simply catching up on interuption time. Few solopreneur friends of mine have rented spots in shared office set ups and swear by it with focus restored.

  • http://bajapesosemana.blogspot.com Karen Bajar Peso

    Good stuff Pat. I would like to achieve the same what you did. I’m new on blogging.

    Regards,

    Karen Bajar Peso

  • http://certifedfreelance.com Florante @ Certified Freelance

    Hi Pat,

    Thanks for the very insightful podcast/post.
    Since I started working as a freelancer in 2009 getting a balanced life has been a constant challenge. I have 3 kids and another one coming this end of January. Just like you, I think the kind of freedom we have for being able to work more flexible should be something we have to invest in our family and the enjoyment of what God has blessed us with.

    Cheers,

    Florante Valdez

  • Alicia

    Just curious why you don’t use something like a shared coworking space? Wouldn’t that basically solve all your problems with finding an area to do your work?