Life in the Balance :: List

Guest author Emily Potts runs her own photography business, heads the exceedingly popular Moms With Cameras blog, and still finds time to be “Mom.”  As a fan of PWD, Emily has honored us by extending to our readers the same kind of heartfelt advice and insight Moms With Cameras has become known for.


I sometimes feel as if my work & personal to-do lists are a pair of opposite-sexed rabbits. Every time I look at them, it seems the tasks have multiplied exponentially. Other working parents tell me this is just what life looks like in this stage, but sometimes I feel my task list will never stop the out-of-control breeding.

Do any of you feel this way? My guess is yes. I recently returned from WPPI and a recurring theme in many speakers’ programs was the desperate quest for balance. I think those of us who own their own businesses are mostly in the same boat, aren’t we? We are all struggling to juggle the seemingly endless tasks that accompany running studios and we feel that our lives are consumed by an unending list of to-dos.

I was so honored when I was asked to write for all of you reading this. When I decided to write specifically about working towards a life in the balance, I knew I wanted to make this a series of posts as opposed to one longer article. At the end of each installment, I am going to ask all of you to take a challenge, and hopefully, each challenge will lead you a little closer to equilibrium. I do not expect this series to be a panacea for the daily to-dos brought on by small-business ownership. I do hope for it to offer a little clarity for what you need and want to do for your business and what you can relenquish so you can do what you need and want to do in your personal life. I hope it helps you take steps towards having the life you really want instead of watching it speed by in a frenzy of busy, but dispassioned activity.

For this challenge, I am merely asking all of you to make two (probably very large) lists: one of everything you routinely or frequently have to do for your business and another for all of the tasks you need to do for your home-life. And that’s all for this time . . . I know you’ve got other things to do.

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