Running a successful business is no easy feat. It’s like having a baby, it takes up almost all of your time. You are constantly making sure that your business operations run smoothly and that customers are getting value for their money. Many entrepreneurs get so wrapped up in running their businesses that they forget to enjoy life outside of work. They are terrified that the business will fail if they do not put in enough time towards it. If you have ever forgotten to attend Open Day at your children’s school or bailed out from catching up with friends, you need to create a work-life balance. As much as being an entrepreneur has its own rewards, success is not enjoyable when you don’t have people to share it with.
Here are 5 tips for striking a work-life balance:
Incorporate Your Lifestyle into Your Business
One of the perks of being an entrepreneur is that you get to create your own work culture. Since you decide what your own definition of the norm is, why not keep it real? A lot of entrepreneurs, especially females who are trying to build a family alongside growing their businesses end up stretching themselves too thin. Why? They put too much effort into keeping their personal life away from work when merging both would be easier and better for all the parties involved.
Some businesses offer day care or crèche facilities within their organization which allows their employees to have their children near them without it affecting their productivity. If your business is not big enough to incorporate this, there are other ways. Work remotely sometimes or set up lunch dates once a week with your children or partner. Taking out time to engage in a favorite pastime is another way to ensure that you are putting in work in other areas of your life that matter.
Create Boundaries and Stick To Them
Unlike 9 to 5’s, being an entrepreneur means you are working around-the-clock. Most entrepreneurs hardly take days off; even during vacation, they still find a way to get work done. This is a great for being productive however, it could strain your relationship with loved ones.
A good way to deal with this is by setting boundaries. You should decide what your working hours are and stick to it. This could also mean not taking that call from a colleague that has some juicy bit of news to share. Sometimes, situations will arise that would require you breaking your boundaries. Wisdom lies in knowing when to compromise.
Schedule Life, Not Just Work
Most entrepreneurs are great with scheduling work. At the start of each day, they know what their focus is and have no problems following their set routine. If setting a routine works so well for running a business, why not consider it for your life too?
As you draw up your daily routine, try doing the same for your personal life and see how it works. This allows you to manage your time more effectively.
The habit of doing everything yourself is a double-edged sword. It helps you ensure that things are carried out to your level of satisfaction, but it could also waste your time on tasks that can be executed by other people.
Delegating tasks to others helps you manage time effectively. You also don’t have to worry about your staff not carrying out their responsibilities because you can always supervise them. Remember that delegation does not have to be limited to the workplace. You can also delegate domestic responsibilities to create time for more meaningful activities.
Have you ever settled down to finally watch a show that everyone has been raving about, then turned off the TV when you remember how much work you have undone? Or hung out with friends physically while you are mentally elsewhere thinking of how much work you could be doing instead? Bet every entrepreneur feels guilty when they are having a good time every once in a while.
You need to suppress that guilt and do things that make you feel alive outside of work. Whenever the guilt kicks in, remind yourself that you are only human and you have earned the right to reward yourself.
Striking a balance is a conscious effort you have to make daily.
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