People often jump to entrepreneurship thinking this would give them time freedom. After all, who would want that right?
But time freedom isn’t really usually what you get when you’re running your own business. Most of the time, you work longer hours when you own a business than when you have a day job.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
You can run a business but still enjoy your life at the same time. Work-life balance is possible. And in this post, I’ll show you how.
Stick to a schedule
Business owners tend to become obsessed with their work.
Do you respond to emails and answer business phone calls after office hours including weekends? Or, do you even have “office hours”?
Do you schedule client meetings even beyond these working hours?
This kind of lifestyle can be toxic and might even affect your health and productivity.
First, grab a planner and create your to-do list. Prepare your schedule a week in advance. Or, at least, write down your schedule the day before. Know your goals for the week and list down the 5 most important things you have to accomplish.
Make sure that these weekly goals are realistic and practical.
And then stick with your schedule. If you need to tweak something, check if it’s really necessary and adjust accordingly.
Don’t forget to turn off your email and social media notifications after your office hours.
If you have a team, assign duties and responsibilities to them. If you don’t have a team yet, consider expanding by making your first hire.
Your business will be more efficient when tasks are given to people who are expert in their field. Hiring your first employee can be tricky so start with a virtual assistant at first to handle general admin tasks.
There are also other tasks you can delegate aside from admin tasks. Some of these are accounting, web development, customer support, or anything you feel you are not an expert on.
Use effective business tools
If you have limited resources, find effective business tools that will help you in performing complicated business functions. Don’t do everything manually! In this day and age, there is an app for almost everything. Use these apps or software to make your life easier.
Nurture your relationships
It’s hard to focus on work if you’re stressed out by the people around you.
If you work from home, get your family on board with your business. They don’t have to work with you. But knowing they support you is a huge deal.
Families and friends are the ones often being taken for granted when you own a business. Personal relationships suffer when in fact, they must be one of the reasons why you started your business in the first place. If you can’t cancel business meetings with clients, make sure you don’t get to cancel family activities too.
Have your own home office or space
As much as possible, don’t work in your bedroom. This will cause you to work longer than you need to.
If you have an extra room, convert it to be your home office.
Rest and take vacations
It won’t hurt your business if you take a break. In fact, if you’re well-rested and healthy, your business will greatly benefit from it.
Listen to your body. Get enough rest and sleep. Eat healthy foods. Go on family vacations. Enjoy the company of your loved ones and forget about work once in a while.
Did you know people who go on vacation regularly are more motivated to achieve their goals? It’s because they create a balanced approach to life and business.
Take a social media break
Social media can be toxic. Once in a while, walk away from it or limit yourself to it. If you catch yourself mindlessly scrolling, force yourself to log out. Leave your phone in a different room when you work. Believe me, you won’t miss a thing.
Stop scrolling and focus. You’ll thank yourself later.
Getting work and life balance isn’t easy when you love what you do. But it’s important to take a step back and observe everything around you.
Keep this in mind – you’re the boss. Don’t let your work manage you.
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