Work-life balance is a big deal for small business owners let’s face it – it loses all meaning when you become an entrepreneur.
No doubt, 24/7 work requirements and a passion (that may sometimes border on obsession) can be difficult to balance passion and growth with vital personal life. Right?
Whether you’re a solopreneur or have 25 employees, the pull of work deadlines is persistent. To be successful in both arenas usually doesn’t equate to equal hours at home and at work. You have to find a balance that fulfils the needs of your family while remaining productive at work.
Changing the Way You Work. Forever.
When you can integrate your business into your personal life it can help you feel more energized and motivated which is always a good thing for us entrepreneurs and business owners and carries some very sound life-changing benefits.
Increased Productivity: Give your brain time to rest and rebuild itself, so it can be more focused and creative in its work.
Better Work-Life Balance: There is a thin line between your working and personal life. Being able to successfully balance the two will makes things easier for you.
Healthier Lifestyle: You will be less stressed out because you won’t have the added stress of balancing your life.
Create a Balance That Works for You (It’s not just about time )
Identify Your Priorities and Values
It is important to know what your priorities are. You need to decide what is the most important thing in your life and make sure that you are focusing on that. It could be your family, or it could be your business.
Set Goals & Put Them in Writing
Setting goals is a crucial part of achieving success. But sometimes your working goals may directly affect your personal life in an adverse way. It’s important to set both sides and to keep them in writing. You should be specific in creating your goal and make sure your working and personal life goals will not go against each other.
Here are some of the guide questions for goal setting:
– What are your values?
– What do you want for yourself?
– What do you want for your family?
– What do you want to achieve in your work?
– How will I know when I have achieved this goal?
– How much time will it take me to achieve this goal?
Create an Action Plan to Accomplish Your Goals
In order to achieve a work-life balance, it is important to have a plan. This can be done by setting up a schedule for each day and week.
We should think of our goals and then create an action plan to accomplish them. We should also evaluate the effectiveness of the plan and make changes when needed.
– Figure out what is most important to you in your life.
– Break down your goals into manageable, achievable tasks.
– Plan the time needed to complete the tasks.
– Create a timeline and have it posted on your wall or somewhere you can see it every day.
The action plan is the roadmap you need to follow to achieve your goal. It’s a way for you to measure your progress and stay on track. It will help you stay accountable and make sure that you don’t lose sight of what it is that you want to accomplish.
Find a way to Integrating Work into Your Daily Routine
There are many ways to integrate work into your daily routine. The key is to find a way that works best for you. Some people might prefer to have a set time during the day where they can focus on their work without interruption and without the pressure of feeling like they need to be constantly checking it. Others might want to integrate some of their work tasks into their morning routine or do them on the commute home from work. Look at your schedule and find the time where you can freely put your working time too. Make sure to find a perfect balance that fit your current life. Try not to overwhelm yourself, make sure to put time a dedicated time for your rest.
One of the biggest hurdles to work-life integration is guilt. What if you could kick this feeling to the curb? It would result in less stress and more harmony in your life.