How to effectively balance work, life and building a business
Are you living the dream, or are you living a hectic nightmare?
Unfortunately, work-life balance appears to be the bane of almost every entrepreneur.
But being overworked isn't healthy for anyone: It can lead to a number of health problems, most notably stress-induced issues like insomnia and heart disease.
Struggling with achieving a work-life balance that idyllic, elusive goal of working manageable hours (9 to 5, anyone?), having free time to spend with loved ones and on personally fulfilling activities, and, on top of all that, getting enough sleep, healthy meals and exercise to maintain a well-rounded life.
Many people start their own businesses to escape the rat race and create their own reality, one that includes determining their own schedule and spending ample time doing the things they love.
For small-business owners, however, work-life balance isn’t so straightforward. Especially as their business is growing, many owners find themselves immersed in the day-to-day needs of their business from finding and hiring talent to market the opportunities. It’s hard to break away even for an hour, much less take a vacation.
How can you achieve the dream?
Use Scheduling Tools
Forget the rigid work schedule, rather, use various scheduling tools to fit everything into your day as needed. Technology is a great help, use phone calendars, email reminders and mobile reminders to manoeuvre your way to each meeting, event and party.
Perfect for a one-person operation, the secret to time management is to outsource all non-revenue-generating tasks, including administrative work, website maintenance and social media posts. Outsourcing provides the time to focus on growing your business and keep a manageable schedule that allows you to have a personal life.
Hire the right people
Having the right people in your business will make a huge difference in your life, allowing you to take vacations and days off when needed.
Prioritizing Personal Life
Learn to take a step back with your work schedule and make family and personal time a priority.
There’s no overarching secret to balancing work time with personal time, except making it a priority. You have to take care of yourself first, or everything else gets out of whack.
Don't be perfect
The key to avoiding burning out is to let go of perfectionism. As life gets more expanded it’s very hard, both neurologically and psychologically, to keep that habit of perfection going.
Make quality time true quality time and unplug
Technology has helped our lives in many ways. But it has also created expectations of constant accessibility. That phone notifications interrupt your off time and inject an undercurrent of stress in your system. So don’t text at your kid’s soccer game and don’t send work emails while you’re hanging out with family.