Learn how to balance work and life whilst getting the job done.
Starting your own business can be an extremely long and exhausting process. As an entrepreneur you are faced with a seemingly never-ending list of jobs to complete, so in an attempt to get everything done, you try and work painstakingly long hours.
Admittedly, some tasks require you to work around the clock. But in order to allow your venture to become everything you imagine it to be, it’s important that you don’t neglect the important things in life such as health and family. Why? Because if you don’t look after yourself, you won’t be able to look after your business.
Here are my top tips for achieving a healthy work-life balance.
Take a break
There seems to be a common misconception amongst entrepreneurs that if you don’t have business on your mind 24/7, then you aren’t working hard enough. The reality, however, is that if you are one of the reported 20% of small business owners that have taken no more than a week off in at least three years, then your business will never achieve the success you hope for. Relaxing is a great way of helping you feel refreshed, re-energised and newly focused for what lies ahead.
Take a digital sabbatical
Most of us today rely on our smartphones to keep up-to-date with everything going on within our business and in our respective sector. However, constantly using your smartphone while at the dinner table, for example, can be extremely frustrating for your company and can lead to fractured relationships. If you’re not at work, keep your smartphone handy but only reply to necessary emails or calls; instead, leave it off when you can and let people see your out-of-office message – most things can wait.
Learn to delegate
The key to building a successful business is learning to delegate certain responsibilities to other people. Although it’s vital you have a ‘hands on’ approach to business, it’s equally important to build a team around you that can take on some of your responsibilities. By relieving the burden on your shoulders, you will find you have more time to yourself in order to help plan your future. If you are the type of person who wants to know everything, ask your staff to keep you updated by providing you with regular reports.
Choose a hobby
The majority of us have a hobby; however most of us give it up when we decide to start a business. It doesn’t matter whether you enjoy reading, watching your child play for their local sports team or attending a local yoga class – whatever it is, find time to do it. Enjoying a hobby will help clear your mind, even if it is just for a short time each week. Exercise, in particular, is a great way to keep your body and mind healthy and prepared for what is around the corner.
And finally, it’s important to pace yourself. Being an entrepreneur isn’t a short-term activity – you’re in it for the long haul and it will take lots of hard work and dedication. There are times when you’ll find yourself under pressure and need to work long hours, so during times when you’re not, make sure you slow things right down and regain your energy. Discovering this self-awareness skill will ultimately help you strike the perfect work-life balance.