Trying to manage the demands of your business and your home life can be an ongoing challenge. Achieving the perfect work-life balance might seem like an impossible goal, but there are always ways you can improve your current situation.
To find your work-life balance, you’ll have to first consider all the daily tasks that compete for your time. Then, you’ll need to determine which ones to retain and which ones to cast aside.
The right work-life balance for you will most likely change over time. For example, if you created your business when you were single but are now married with children, you’ll be looking to achieve a different balance from your younger days.
So many of your organizational tasks as a business owner can now be achieved more efficiently, in less time, and with less stress. Whether it’s:
The technology is there, so find out which software or applications suit your business best and utilize them.
As Richard Branson once explained, “I find that technology is a great help – I use phone calendars, email reminders and mobile reminders to maneuver my way to each meeting, event and party. You can also use these things to make sure you have time to eat regularly and that you can get a good sleep.”*
It has been said that smartphones are the entrepreneur’s biggest blessing and biggest curse. Because of your intelligent mobile device, you can work from anywhere at anytime as a business owner – essentially breaking up the boundaries between work and home life.
Aim to get the most out of your business smartphone to make your working life easier (and home life more relaxing). For instance, you could:
Finding out how to integrate and connect a successful business and a happy home life has to be one of your goals – and your smartphone can help you achieve it.
As a business owner, you might be having trouble overcoming the guilt of working long hours while accepting that you need personal time for yourself and your family.
Put some measures in place to lesson your guilt, such as:
Plan time to completely disconnect from your business. This is where having trustworthy staff that you depend on can help prevent you from burning out.
You can build up your trust in your employees by increasingly delegating them more challenging tasks or roles. As you begin to understand how much workload they can manage and what tasks they do exceptionally well, you’ll start to feel more relaxed about entrusting your business to them.
As a result, you’ll be more comfortable about taking time out to refresh, revitalize and to enjoy family time.
When you decided to launch your business, you were probably aware that your life would be slightly out of balance at the expense of family, friends and personal time.
You may not be able to reach your level of perfect life-work balance, but you can get as close to that level as possible (and remove any guilty feelings in the process). Accepting a level of sacrifice to meet all your work and home life demands is ‘par for the course’ for most entrepreneurs.
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