Work-Life Balance Tips for Entrepreneurs
That elusive work-life balance is actually achievable! We empathize with your struggle. In all the late-night meetings, enterprise planning and setting things up, you often find yourself cutting down on time that should be spent on your personal life. Things like family time, watching a movie, playing a sport, dining at a restaurant with friends or going on a vacation might take a backseat as your mind is set on building up your empire. A word of caution though. Studies have shown that this leads to a negative effect on your mental health and might be adversely affecting the very enterprise you have been spending all your time on.
In this blog, we look at 4 ways you can ensure a good balance between professional and personal life. Stay tuned for 3 more in the followup blog.
Tip #1: It Doesn’t Have to be 50-50
When we say work-life “balance,” it doesn’t mean the literal sense of the word. It isn’t 50-50. You will have to learn the proportion as you go, but when a loved one shows signs of being deprived or your health is warning you to slow down, it is a good reminder that you haven’t set your priorities straight. Spending time with loved ones or just relaxing when you have a million things to do might seem difficult, but think of it as contributing to your well-being. In the end you need a warm home to go back to when you’re worn down from a hard day’s work.
Tip #2: Move Personal Time from your To-Do List into your Schedule
What you do with your time outside of work is usually sidelined to a to-do list, while work-related tasks get to be on your schedule. The trouble is that a to-do list, unlike a schedule, is easy to be put off as it doesn’t have a deadline to it. This disparity affects the way you see work and personal life. Remember that your personal life takes equal responsibility as an important meeting you have scheduled. Adhere to your agenda of spending time off of work just as much as you would other things on your schedule. Most tried and tested entrepreneurs swear by this rule so make sure your personal time also goes on your schedule.
Tip #3 Let Go
Most entrepreneurs have FOMO – fear of missing out. They tend to have a too-tight grip on the business and find themselves getting involved in every department of the firm. They fear that their lack of presence or a bad decision made when they aren’t around might lead to a collapse! It might take a while to get over, but once you let go of this fear, you’ll find yourself being more productive and accomplishing wonders. Remind yourself that it’s not the end of the world and that you need to let go. Delegate and trust your employees.
Tip #4: Learn from Loved Ones
Tunnel vision is a real thing and the more time you spend trying to snap out of it, the more futile it becomes. Look outside your workplace for inspiration. The people craving for your attention outside of work might have a lot more to provide than you’d cut them out for. Getting a different perspective from them might lead to great insights that you never saw coming. Discuss your business operations with your family and friends, keep them in the loop and consult them for advice when you find yourself stuck on a tough decision. Insights can be found at the most unlikely places and your friends and family are no exception. They will feel more involved and help you make more time with them.
These were 4 tips to a good work-life balance. Begin with these four and lets work our way to some more next month. We also had some great pointers in last month’s blog if you would like to have a read:
Let us know how these pointers worked for you and do subscribe to our blog for more great advice and tips.
Give us a call to talk about your business and how exactly you can organize your business and achieve this work-life balance.