Did this ever happen to you? You came home from a long long day of work; tired and dreaded, and found that your hardworking wife and your two beautiful kids are already asleep? And you thought to yourself “Man, I spent one more day without eating dinner with my family, without tickling, playing PlayStation and laughing with my kids. I spent one more day without communicating with my wife and having the small talk just about anything. And I spent one more day without kissing my loved ones before putting them to sleep.” If you are a small business owner and this happened to you, then you probably are not quite maintaining a work-life balance. Here are some tips that can help you put every little piece in order. Know the value of what you got.
If you have a small business, it is most certain that in the beginning, you are going to be the one taking care of every department of your business. And it is okay because it feels like the business is your baby. It becomes hard to trust other people to handle the sales, the marketing, the finance, etc. However, if you keep doing whatever you are doing it will drag your business down with yourself. Hiring the right people, people who know what they are doing, people who will care for the company and will put their best efforts to make it grow, is key. Training your staff will take time, but the return on investment will be huge. This step will help you with your work-life balance.
Keep your home and work separate from each other. Find what works well for you and do it. One way to go is to not take business-related emails or messages on your smartphones. Establish break times and even “done for the day” hours. Or if it is too much for you, just don’t take your phone to your bedroom. There has to be someplace where your work should not be allowed. Remember, if you make yourself available to clients 24/7 they will get used to it and will expect you to be present all the time. Set boundaries! Have office hours. Find your limit. And most importantly: stick to it no matter what.
If you are your own boss be a good one
What I’m going to tell next is very true for the small business owners, and generally to all the people who are their own boss. It is easy to get caught up in work and forget that is it night time or weekend and everything in between. Since there is no other boss but you, there is no one that will tell you to stop working and to go home, to be with the family and friends. You have to decide on an end time, let it be 6 p.m. and stop working, stop even thinking about work.
Are you here?
You have a party to attend. Great. Finally, you will see your friend, you will catch up, see what is happening in everyone’s life. Right? What actually happens is that you are constantly taking calls and checking your email. But most importantly, you are missing out: the time flies so fast, you will not get to be as young as you are today. So next time you are out of the office with friends and family, actually be out. Communicate with the people and live in the moment. And be present. Focus on one thing at a time: a task, person or a moment of relaxation. Multi-tasking might be a real time saver in theory but it will slowly take all your power away. If you are not a small business owner but you are thinking about dating an entrepreneur you should read about its advantages and disadvantages.
Healthy body= clear mind
Do you remember when you were really tiny? Your mother used to tell you, “If you want to grow up to be tall and powerful you have to sleep early.” Well, she was true then. And her words are true even now. The well-being of your business depends heavily on your sleep and sanity. In other words, your health is also your business’s health. Make sure to eat right and exercise as much as you can. Through exercise, you will also gain some time to yourself and will clear your mind. After all, your brain will only work well, be fresh with innovative ideas, and you will be creating and performing at your best only if you take good care of yourself.
Paul M. White said, “Time is more valuable than money. We can always earn more money, the hand of time once spent are gone forever.” Don’t let your work take all of your valuable time. And don’t let your personal life get in the way of making great success at work. Finding a work-life balance can be really tricky, but you can do it.