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Balancing the Grind with Jenna Bayuk, Founder of Kinship Kollective

Jenna Bayuk founded Kinship Kollective to assist entrepreneurs around the world run their businesses effectively with the tools they need to be successful.

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1)To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?

I have what some would consider a non-traditional career path but the one constant has been always working with entrepreneurs.  I have worked across multiple industries, in Canada, US, UK, and Africa.

As someone who thrives under pressure, loves to learn and enjoys nothing more than being a part of building something, I was able to jump into projects that allowed me to work with amazing people and execute large-scale initiatives.

At a certain point, I realized I could continue to work for one entrepreneur, or I could take everything I had learned and build a business that allowed me to work with multiple entrepreneurs in a way that creates impact but also aligned with my values. 

In September 2019, I created Kinship Kollective to partner with entrepreneurs to achieve their business goals and objectives while overcoming obstacles that have prevented them from executing their vision. It’s done through a unique service offering: execution consulting, at the core of it all.

Saving entrepreneurs time and money, two commodities that are often in short supply for them. We take their vision and break it down into smaller, execution-focused building blocks that move people – and the business – forward.

2) What does a day in your life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?

No two days are the same, which is why I love what I do!  I manage my time and productivity through time blocking, so I can focus on specific client work and move through tasks in the most efficient way. That might be two hours of interviews, organizing products for a marketing launch, creating an investment deck or managing a team to a specific goal – it all depends on the priorities for the day.

3) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?

I think that’s an ever-changing spectrum. Working with entrepreneurs lends itself to some non-typical hours and projects – but that’s the fun of it! There’s a balance of ensuring you’re doing work that lights you up but also creating time for the things that ground you and fulfill you in meaningful ways.

If I have a couple of weeks with an intense workload, I ensure I commit time for workouts, meditation, and stock up on healthy food in the fridge that requires little preparation.  It’s the small things that make such a huge difference!

4) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?

Meditation is something that’s had a massive impact, but it’s also something that gets easily put off if I’m feeling anxious and overwhelmed. I schedule a calendar reminder to meditate every day so that I’m accountable to making that happen, if the timing doesn’t work (or I’m not in the right headspace), I then need to find time for it somewhere else in my calendar. 

If I’ve chosen to delete it from my day, when I look at my schedule that week I have a very quick visual on where I have or haven’t spent my time, so it’s a great indicator on how I’m taking care of my well-being.

5) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?

Yes! I listen to a lot of Tim Ferris podcasts while driving, he’s always creating interesting content and speaks to fascinating guests. In terms of books, I could go on forever!  A few of my favourites are The Heroine’s Journey, Traction, Power vs Force, The Death of Expertise, and Mind.

6) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?

I would love a compilation book with contributions from leaders and mavericks from all over the world, with input from different industries and diverse backgrounds. I’d love to read about what work-life balance means to them, with a recap at the end of the similarities and differences and a summary of takeaways.

7) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?

Everyone is different. What works for one may not work for another. Each individual has to work to understand how they are built and what allows and empowers them to be the best version of themselves, and then create boundaries to maintain and protect that.

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Hey there! I'm Hao, the Editor-in-Chief at Balance the Grind. We’re on a mission to showcase healthy work-life balance through interesting stories from people all over the world, in different careers and lifestyles.