If you own and run your own business finding work-life balance can be challenging. Yes sure, a demanding leadership position can be exciting and a great motivator for success, but after a while all those responsibilities at work and in your personal family life can wear you down.
Here are our top 3 tips for finding work-life balance:
Maintain a Schedule
When you have a job, in most cases you follow a set schedule. When you own a business you have some liberty here perhaps, which can either work with you or against you. Especially when you’re trying to grow the business you may find yourself sitting with a cup of coffee at 2am reviewing a proposal or catching up with your company’s social media page. Making a schedule is key to find clarity, achieve better time management, and find time to do the things you really want – like take the kids to the park or have time for a hobby.
Prioritize and Delegate
Are you spending too much time doing things that don’t really help you grow from where you are to where you want to be. As an example, many business owners go from day to day answering emails, tackling customer service to taking care of invoices – this prevents you from working on all the things you need to do to actually grow your business or find time for your personal life – like business networking to find new clients or taking 10 minutes to meditate. Prioritize your tasks – what can you delegate? You might be surprised how relieving it can be to have some things taken off your plate so you can focus on the bigger picture.
Practice Self-Care to Renew and Restore
An important component of work-life balance is to have good health and maintain an optimal sense of well-being. Ask yourself – what are your eating habits like? Do you just grab a quick bite to go or make time for a healthy lunch? Are you sleeping well? How would you describe your energy levels? If you don’t take the time to take care of you, sooner or later it will affect work performance and life at home – putting everything on the line you worked so hard for. Listen to your intuition and it will nudge you in the direction that’s right for you.
No doubt work-life balance can be hard to achieve, but it’s certainly not impossible.
How do you maintain work-life balance? Do you have a tip that can help other WBEs. Please share in the comments below!