How to achieve a healthy work/life balance
Tricky isn’t it? Juggling both your work life and your home life without dropping the ball, can be a real challenge at times. When you first start your business, you want to throw even minute of every day into making it succeed. Try this tactic for too long however, and you will lose touch with the reality and support that comes from your home life, and you could even burn out way too soon.
Setting aside a very fed up partner and/or children who never see you anymore, working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is just not a healthy way to work. We all have our own hopes and aspirations to live up to, and as hardworking would-be entrepreneurs we are not afraid of long hours and working weekends, BUT finding a successful work/life balance is the key to not just commercial success, but success in other areas of your life as well.
In this blog, we look at ways to grow your business with our sacrificing your family life or mental well being.
Find your passion, and work with it
As Richard Branson once said “never think of your work and home life as separate. Find a career you are passionate about, and then working hard doesn't have to be a chore”. Of course, when you are just starting out in business you are no doubt full of passion and ready to throw every ounce into it.
We spend as much as 80% of our lives at work so it’s important that you are doing something you really believe in and have a true passion for. Taking calls out of hours, working from home at weekends or missing out on family occasions to meet with clients won’t feel quite so painful if your truly love and believe in the service you offer.
Not only that, you will find your family more supportive if they know that you are following your dreams, and not just being away from home just to make money.
Remember to make time for you
We know that starting a business means early starts, late finishes and lunch at your desk if you are lucky enough. But it is imperative that somewhere in your day, you take time to think of yourself. Go to the gym, go for a run or work towards spending at least one full day out of 7 dedicated to doing the things you love. If you start off this way, you should be able to always make your own needs a priority as your business grows.
Take up a pottery class, take up meditation, vow to spend your weekend with people that matter to you…whatever you chose to do, stick with it. It may feel painful in the beginning, and you may worry that you don’t have time to make space in your diary for your own wellbeing, but remember, without you, there will be no business to worry about anyway.
Outsourcing is not a dirty word!
Never be afraid to lighten the load a little. Outsourcing to competent professionals gives you more time to focus on the tasks that matter most to you. Not being snowed under a pile of paperwork or having a never ending “to do” list ironically makes your more productive in the long run.
Many key tasks can be outsourced easily. You can even employ professional staff to work in your office with you as often as needed if you want to communicate with them directly. Outsourcing provides a logical and cost effect way of getting a job done well, and saving you precious time.
Ironically, the reason you decided to “go it alone” in the first place, was probably because you wanted more freedom than you had as an employee. It may be hard at first, but make a plan to create a little “you time” and use that time to focus on why you started your business in the first place. If you remember to find a good work/life balance in the beginning, then this ethos will carry with you throughout your career!
Stay strong entrepreneurs, better times are coming!
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