Running your own business may be your dream but if it leaves you with no time for yourself then it can quickly turn into a nightmare which can make you feel stressed and affect your health and relationships. Follow these tips on how you can achieve a better work/life balance even as you set out to conquer the world of industry.
Learn to Delegate
Many entrepreneurs make the mistake of trying to take on too much themselves and this has a negative effect on their work/life balance. Rather than trying to do it all on your own, you should learn to delegate. Even if you have yet to take on any employees you can still outsource some of your more vital functions such as call answering to outside companies. This will give you more time to get on with other tasks and leave you time to enjoy life outside of work too.
Learn to Say No
Some entrepreneurs have difficulty saying no when they are asked to take on new work. This may be a nice problem to have as it means that your business is successful, but if you take on too much, you will eventually have to let clients down or rush work. This could destroy the good reputation you have worked so hard to build up. Sometimes it is better to say no to work than kill yourself trying to do too much.
Business owners can often struggle because they are not as organised as they could be. This can lead to you working at odd hours and taking work home with you and this will affect your work/life balance significantly. Getting organised means giving yourself set times to work and set times to live your life and you should stick to these. Even if you are setting up your business from your kitchen table or spare bedroom, there should still be a time of the day when you put your laptop away and spend time doing other things.
Mix Business with Pleasure
You may have heard the exact opposite (i.e., never mix business with pleasure), but many a business deal has been done on the golf course or the squash court, and business relationships are often formed through mutual interests. Find yourself a group of like-minded entrepreneurs and you can get ahead in the business world without having to give up your favourite hobbies.
Make Time for Self-Care
It is important that you still make time for self-care even as a busy entrepreneur. Living on a diet of snacks and junk food and burning the midnight oil every night is a sure-fire way to make yourself ill and then you won’t be able to run your business at all. Take time to prepare proper meals and snack on fruit rather than sugary food that may give you a quick boost but will leave you feeling worse and don’t forget to get an early night every so often to renew your energy.
It can be difficult for an entrepreneur to step away from the world of work and enjoy some downtime, but it is possible. Follow these tips to create a better work/life balance and live your best life.