Work life integration, what is it and how is it different than balance? In the latest episode of the podcast, my guest Rainy Barton discusses different work life integration strategies. This interview truly opened up my eyes to what the difference between work life integration vs. work life balance.
I am so excited for this episode today, friends! Rainy Barton is just an all around inspiration. Not only is she a music teacher, boy mom, wife, circus instructor, and exercise enthusiast. She is also a phenomenal productivity coach for mommas who need some help integrating all the areas of their lives. She is just a pure bottle of energy so I hope you enjoy this episode.
A Little About Rainy
Tell us a little about yourself, what you do, and your life as a momma:
I do a lot of things. I’m an elementary music teacher by day and I teach grades K-5. I also teach circus in the evenings and I also do business productivity coaching for female entrepreneurs. So, I get to help them manage their time and help them build a business.
I have a 16 month old son and it’s been interesting and challenging. As a first time mom, it’s very eye opening and I’ve learned a lot of things since then. It’s just been hard at first trying to figure out how to make all of this work like doing my multiple jobs and also making sure that I’m not neglecting him or my husband. But, that is where a lot of time blocking has had to come into play and getting really clear with what my goals are for the days. That way I stay focused and get things done and still have time. Just getting really clear with where I’m headed has helped me. Every day is unpredictable.
Work Life Integration
You are passionate about striving for work life balance as a mom, so what do you feel is the most important aspect to achieving that?
I don’t really use the word balance anymore. Every one goes for the illusive work life balance. I don’t really like the word balance because if you look it up in the dictionary it basically says that keep or put in a steady position so that it doesn’t fall. At any moment everything could crumble because you are always gonna have one thing in your life be balanced and the other not. That instability didn’t really sound great for my life so I instead use the word integration. So work life integration just integrating your work life and your personal life and making them flow so that you easily have time for everything. You can have it all you just have to ebb and flow with the different seasons that your at.
There are things that are going to have more priority than other things in your life. Like there will be times when my business really needs to take the head force, but then there will be other times when my family needs to be at the forefront. You shouldn’t have to choose between one or the other. Balance is just not gonna happen. There are so many times when you feel like I am never going to have my life balanced and no body is gonna have that. At the end of the day if you are striving for balance it’s gonna be like chasing a carrot all the time and you never get it. Instead I like to think of the word integration and try to remember that you can have it all. There will just be times where one thing will be prevalent over the other.
Work Life Integration with Productivity Coaching
Do you work with a lot of newborn moms or do you work with all moms?
I help all moms. The primary focus is on moms that have business or that want to start a business. I have one client who had a network marketing business but she wanted to start her own parenting coaching business. But, I help everyone at all seasons. Typically I end up not having new moms like all of my clients are seasoned veterans. I help them figure out how to make their business go where they want it to go and also making sure they are managing their time well. My number one rule is that you can’t build a sustainable business if your time management is crap. A lot of the time there are people who say they spent 3 hours recording podcast episodes, but I’m lucky if I get one uninterrupted hour to work on my podcast episodes. I feel that a lot of people don’t take that into account that it is different for moms and even if you are a mom and working a full 9 to 5.
Productivity Coaching and Podcasting
Tell us more about your productivity coaching and your podcast.
The podcast was on my list for 3 plus years. I kept doubting myself and making excuses. At the end of the day, the reason I do it is because I like and I like talking about those topics.
The productivity coaching I kinda stumbled into. I was talking to another girl that also had started her own business. She was offering free coaching for a client for three months. So, I decided to do that and she helped me with figuring out what I wanted to do. It just kinda turned into productivity coaching. I help them navigate their goals, build a schedule that works for them, project management and figuring out how to plan out their projects, their quarterly goals, and focus on building the business side. But the productivity is a big part in that because if you don’t know how to manage your time, you could be wasting your time on hundreds of other things that are not gonna move you forward.
Work Life Integration Tips
What are some quick tips you could give a mom who is struggling with finding a little bit of integration in their life?
My biggest tip would honestly be figuring out what your priorities are because not every area of your life is going to have the main priority for that season. Each season is going to look different. So by areas of life I mean things like your spiritually, physically health, emotional health, relationships, financial, career, family. Typically what I do with my clients is I will have the areas on a piece of paper and we will go through and pick which 3 they want to focus on for this season. Then, they break each one down and what they want to focus on. We just do a giant brain dump. So from there they can start crafting out their goals.
Tell people where they can find you:
Podcast: More Time Mama