How to Achieve the Right Work-Life Balance?
The right work-life balance when you’re a business owner may not seem possible, but you do need to try to achieve it; otherwise, you will burn out, or you will fall out of love with your work, both of which are detrimental to the success of your business. The more you can balance your work with your life in general, the better you will feel and the more successful you will be. Here are some tips on how to achieve this balance and enjoy both sides of what you do.
Make A to Do List
A to-do list is something that any business owner will want to use once they know how to create one that works. It is not a case of only writing down everything that needs to be done and trying to work through it while feeling overwhelmed. There is a smart way to make the perfect list that will ensure more is done, and you feel confident to do it too.
The list should include, in this order, matters that are:
- Urgent and important
- Important but not urgent
- Urgent but not important
- Not important or urgent
If you work in this way, you will be much more productive, and you will be able to prioritise your time a lot more successfully.
Have Set Work Hours
The problem that many business owners run into is not knowing when to stop work. It can mean lots of late night and early morning (and, very often, both) and entire days filled with work, and many of the tasks being completed during this time will fall into the not essential or urgent category, as seen above.
It may seem like a good idea, and you may feel as though you are getting a lot done, but at what cost? When you work in this way you have no free time, and you will quickly become exhausted, which will affect the quality of your work.
It’s far better to have set working hours after and before which you enjoy doing what you want to do in your free time, whether that’s going for a walk, watching a box set on TV, placing a sports bet and waiting for the results, or cooking up a fabulous feast.
When you do go back to work at the pre-set time, you will feel relaxed and rested, and your productivity will rise, meaning that you get just as much work done (or even more) in less time.
Turn Off Technology
If you are going to have set work hours, you shouldn’t be tempted to log on to your emails or check your voicemail during your downtime. Therefore, it’s a good idea to switch off any technology that relates to your work. t might mean you need to buy a second smartphone so that you can have one for personal use and another for business use. Doing so will help you to keep a good work-life balance, and it will also save you making any embarrassing mistakes by posting the wrong thing in the wrong social media account, or texting someone from the faulty phone.