Running a business can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also be incredibly tough. It’s no surprise that successful entrepreneurs also tend to be workaholics, which is why keeping life and business on track can seem like the Ultimate Balancing Act. But the good news is, there are ways you can achieve that ideal balance – and they’re a lot easier than you think.
- Prioritise self-care
Self-care is a popular expression for a reason. It works. Successful people often believe that working long and hard is an ideal route to the top. To a point, it is – but in a world of burnt-out executives, a well-rested mind and a properly nourished body are your secret success weapons.
So remember: it’s not slacking if you take the odd nap, or even the occasional weekend off!
- Delegate with style
The one thing top entrepreneurs all have in common? They know when they need to delegate. No one person can do everything a business needs to succeed (even you!) So take a step back – what tasks could feasibly be given to someone else?
You’ll not only reduce your own to-do list, you could also be giving others a vital chance to learn something new, or simply do what they do best.
- Brain-schedule your day
Working smarter, not harder, is an easy way to get more done. Think about when you tend to be at your energetic best. Are you an early riser, or a night owl for example? Schedule mentally taxing work for those times when you know you’ll be firing on all cylinders. For most people, that post-lunch lull is the ideal time to catch up on your admin work, while you think up new ideas with your creative morning brain.
- Set clear boundaries
Ever replied to a late-night email, or maybe prepped some client work early, when you didn’t really have to? Thought so.
Setting a few simple boundaries can be really helpful when it comes to removing the blur between work and home.
There’s just one more thing: once you’ve set those boundaries, don’t forget to stick to them! If you tell yourself you won’t reply to work emails at the weekend, don’t. Not even “just this once”.
- Treat downtime like work time
As in, take it seriously. Downtime is just as important as work time, so prioritise it in the same way. Clear actual space in your diary for those catch-ups with friends, or a day out with the kids. Once they’re down in black-and-white, you’ll feel more compelled to keep those appointments – and then they’ll become second nature.
Implement these easy tips, and you’ll become a happier, less stressed business owner in almost no time at all!
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