We had the good fortune of connecting with Carmen King and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carmen, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Becoming a Full Time Entrepreneur has tested my boundaries and definition of work life balance.
When working in corporate, I believed you should never bring your work home. Once you clocked out, you delete work from your mind. No checking emails on vacation, answering work related calls after hours nor discussing work during family time. The balance worked well for myself.
Once becoming a full time entrepreneur, this boundary was impossible to upkeep. How do you disconnect from work when you work from your phone and set your own hours?
Currently I utilize focus mode on my cellphone. I set ” work hours” weekly. In entrepreneurship every week can look different. On Sunday’s I determine what the upcoming week needs and set my work hours. I schedule focus mode to turn off all work notifications, social media banners and sometimes text messages and phone calls from work partners.
This allows me to be ” off ” and have time to myself and with family. This allows heathy boundaries with work life balance, even if I’m the boss.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am proud of my entire journey. I am proud that I took a leap and created a business in the midst of a global pandemic and stuck it out. There was many moments I wanted to give up.
Is it really worth it? It may be easier to climb the corporate ladder with the company I was employed with at the time. You also lose money in business. That factor alone will have you ready to throw in the towel.
Continuing to push my business taught me patience and being open to learn. You never know everything. In business you will learn a new lesson everyday, but you must be open minded to adopt to the learning curves and lessons.