The following is a post by Leona Rehm that was originally published in her business blog. Leona is a business coach at Simply Effective Coaching, LLC., offering real solutions for real problems. She is a graduated of Bethel College in St. Paul, MN, and The Academy for Coach Training in Bellevue, WA.

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

How much time have you set aside for the important things in your life?

As small business owners we are faced with the challenge and privilege of consciously choosing our priorities.

This month as school gets started once again parents who are small business owners face the challenge of “being there for their kids” and running a business. We like the flexibility of choosing our hours and yet we have to work the business for the business to produce an income. We don’t get paid time off.

I remember reading about a young athlete who had won a place on the Olympic team. He was killed in a traffic accident before the games even started. His father, a small business owner, never saw one of his son’s games growing up because he was always working. The article ended as he was building a trophy case to display all his son’s trophies. Small reward.

How in the world do we set aside time for the things that matter? Life is so busy! As a small business owner how many hours a week do you work on or in the business? Between networking, sales, marketing, research and development, customer service and satisfaction how does the small business owner also include family time community time, social outings and personal time?

It’s a risk, but if we don’t consciously set aside time for what matters, what matters least will take it all. As school starts take a look at your calendar start scheduling now. Choose the events that matter most. Then you can plan accordingly. If your thinking that you have to make money in order to provide for the family so you have to miss those events I ask you to stop and consider: is that a scarcity mentality driving your decision making? Are you choosing how you spend your time from fear or faith? Are you willing to believe that you can have a business AND a life?

If you aren’t sure: let’s chat. Email me at leona@simplyeffectivecoaching.com.

I work with small business owners to get it done and have some fun.