January 15, 2020Small businesses
In the first few weeks of your business starting, it’s likely the process will consume your life. There is so much to do, so much to organise and so much to think about. Thus, it’s likely that your personal life will suffer during the beginning.
However, after a few months of your business trotting along, hiring your first team members and getting your long-term clients, it’s time to get parts of your life back. Here is how to get your work and life balance right, for the sake of your and your business’s health:
Prioritise and Organise
Being a business owner means you’re wearing a lot of different job role hats. You just have to decide what tasks and jobs need your immediate attention and which ones can wait until the following week. There are a few things you can do to work out what needs prioritising and what doesn’t. For example, you can sort them into four groups: urgent and important, important but not urgent, urgent but not important and finally neither urgent nor important, and follow up from there.
Set Yourself Working Hours
It’s vital to set yourself sufficient working hours and stick to them. Try to give yourself a usual working time, like nine to five, so you’re experiencing a normal working routine. It’s easy to slip into working overtime and running yourself into the ground.
Burning the candle at both ends won’t be beneficial to your mental or physical health and you’ll need a clear mind if you want to be successful in your role. Ensure you’re getting enough rest and a full eight hours sleep – even if this means switching your working hours around.
Keep the weekends to yourself and ignore any emails or incoming calls – save them until Monday morning.
Plan Social Events
Make time to see family and friends and ensure you attend any social events you vowed you would. It’s important not to miss out on social occasions because of work that doesn’t immediately have to be done.
Catching up with friends and family can alleviate some of the stress that comes with running a business. You can talk about your worries, your frets and your fears and get them off your chest.
Delegate Tasks and Authority
As a business owner, you may feel like you have to carry the weight of the entire company on your shoulders. However, it’s important to delegate power and tasks where you can. Give team members responsibilities that you can shed to give yourself more time to enjoy life. It will also give your employees a chance to display their talents and show you, you can lean on your team more than you think you can.
Have A Separate Business Line
To ensure a good balance between your work and personal life, have a separate email address and a separate business telephone line. This means you can ignore all incoming calls if you’re off duty and save them until you’re at work again. Your personal and work life will not get muddled in the digital world, so you can enjoy your life in the real realm as well.