If you work on your own business full time, work-life balance is extremely important. If you work a 9 – 5 and then run your own business on the side, work-life balance is even more critical.
There are a variety of phrases that can be very inspiring, but are not all that accurate for entrepreneurs.
“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” – Marc Anthony
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
Studies have shown that long days worked and little downtime ultimately end up taking a toll on your health, relationships, and productivity.
Here, we are going to try and find the harmony between work and play. Because it is critical to your success and health, both in business and your personal life. We will illustrate five tips on how to find the intangible work-life balance to help get you moving and thinking in the right direction.
Prepare for the Upcoming Week
One of the best ways to get more done in the time you have is to be organized and prepare each week with a list of tasks and activities that need to be accomplished. It’s simple to do if you take some time at the start of each work week (or the end of the previous week) to plan out your upcoming schedule. Just 20 minutes of planning can help provide significant gains in productivity.
Celebrate All Holidays and Take Vacations
Don’t just take vacations, but celebrate each and every little holiday. Vacations neither need to be expensive or extravagant, but taking them will give you something to look forward to and allow you to reset. Holidays are supposed to stand for a break. A break up in the day-in, day-out grind. They’re not meant to be extra hours that can be used to get ahead.
One Thing at a Time
Entrepreneurs and business owners almost always get to wear a number of hats while running a business. Each day can have dozens of tasks that need to be done at any given moment. However, focus is a major contributor to your level of productivity, and it’s important to prioritize one thing at a time. Focus on completing the most important tasks first and then move on to the next.
Develop a Morning Ritual
Your morning indubitably sets the tone for the entire day. Having and developing a strong morning ritual helps you craft a better, more productive day while also alleviating stress. It’s important to surround yourself with a positivity because you’re in charge of the decisions that start your day.
In today’s world, it is almost abnormal for someone to not be tethered to some sort of technology, whether it be a phone, watch, computer, tablet, or whatever. It’s almost contagious because it’s everywhere! The temptation is simple, but resisting the urge is necessary. Your personal time should be yours. No social networks or email inboxes. This is the quality time for you and your family, walking your dog, working out, or spending time with someone that matters.
Running is business is no easy task. It is not meant for the weak-willed. There is always more to do, and there’s never enough time in the day. This is entrepreneurship. At some point you are going to begin working too much, too hard, and too long, eventually during yourself out. Productivity is important, especially in the growing stages of your business, but it’s also important to recognize when productivity, health and relationships begin to suffer.
Using some of these simple methods can help you achieve a better work-life balance to stay productive, happy and healthy to keep building your business and not wrecking it.