3 Steps Towards a Work Life Balance
The main reason you became an entrepreneur was to spend more time doing what you love, whether it’s knitting, writing, designing or running a financial firm. Working on your business is a dream come true but it can be a struggle to maintain a work life balance.
You were semi-prepared for the blood, sweat and tears that it would take to build your business, but no one prepares you for that moment when the work begins to pile up and you realize that you can’t do it all by yourself. Once again you find yourself up all hours of the night doing paperwork, trying to figure out the new updates on WordPress, and mind-numbingly entering numbers into your database. Your passion has dissipated and you have even less time to spend with your family.
The term work life balance is thrown around a lot. It’s the one thing that we entrepreneurs are constantly trying to achieve. But what if it’s an unrealistic goal? According to Grace Bonney, founder of Design Sponge “There is no such thing as work life balance“. According to Grace, work life balance is a sea-saw that constantly moves and fluctuates.
Work Life Balance might not exist but there are ways to help stabilize the sea-saw. Here are 3 simple ways that can help to balance work and life.
Take time for yourself
Down time is mandatory to allow your body to recuperate. Think about when you do yoga. In a one hour class, about 50 minutes is spent doing active yoga poses and the last 10-minutes in deep relaxation (Savasana). That last 10 minutes is the most important part of the class. That’s when all the hard work sinks in and the body releases tension and relaxes. Whether you do yoga, mediation, walking, reading or whatever, it’s important to take time for yourself and allow your body relax and rejuvenate. Otherwise you reach burn out and you are no use to your clients, family or friends!
Set boundaries and don’t say yes when you mean no
As an entrepreneur, you can’t please everyone. If you continue to try then you’ll only burn yourself out. You have to look after number one — YOU! Whether it’s clients, friends or family, make sure to make your boundaries clear. For example, clarify the hours that you are available to clients and state that you won’t answer calls outside of those hours. Inform your family that you will only take emergency calls while you are working. When asked to do something that you are not comfortable with — politely decline. Don’t take on a task that you don’t want to do as you will just end up resenting the person asking you to do it. Be clear on your limits and communicate those limits to those around you.
Hire smart people to help you with the tasks that you don’t have time for
When you have reached a place where you can’t do all of your business tasks yourself, then hire someone to help. Don’t just hire anyone! Make sure to hire people who are smarter or more knowledgeable than yourself. Bringing experts on board may seem costly at first but it will give you more time to focus on the job that you love! It will also free up your evenings and weekends (from those tedious tasks) so that you can spend them with loved ones. Let the experts take good care of your social media, website updates, bookkeeping and IT. Use any saved time to generate more revenue for your business or to take time for yourself.
Achieving the perfect work life balance isn’t viable but it’s important to try, for the sake of your health and wellbeing. Take time for yourself, clearly communicate your boundaries and hire smart people to help grow your business. Then you can focus on the job that you were destined to do and spend more time with your loved ones.
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Originally published at debbieroche.com on October 31, 2016.