As a small business owner and/or entrepreneur, you most likely find yourself working 24/7 and the idea of having a work-life balance is a mystical concept that doesn’t fit within modern day society. Although it can be difficult to implement and maintain, developing a work-life balance is possible and essential when it comes to avoiding the dreaded burnout.
It’s important to understand that everyone is different and so are our responsibilities. Which is why there is no cookie cutter plan to ensuring an effective work-life balance approach and strategy. Between organizing effective growth strategies for your small business and ensuring your clients are effectively being taken care of and valued. Always remember to do your best to make your personal life outside of the office a priority.
Here are some tips on how to incorporate a work-life balance into your schedule:
Unplug at the End of the Day.
Working 7 days a week and having your phone always within arms reach 24 hours a day will ultimately make you feel drained and pushed to your limits. Being on call 24/7 will ultimately lead to a burn out and will hinder your ability to focus 100% on your small business. Make it a priority to turn off all your devices at a specific time in the evening in order to re-energize and take a fresh approach to your tasks the following day.
Create a Schedule and Prioritize Items on a Daily Basis.
Whether the night before or the day of, make it an effort to put together a schedule for each day so that you can prioritize your tasks and tackle them effectively. Creating a list will also allow you the opportunity to analyze what items are urgent, what items can be dealt with within the day, and/or what items may need further follow-up.
Make Time for Family and Friends.
Although this can seem impossible at times, your family and friends should always be a top priority because at the end of the day, these individuals are most likely your support system and deserve your time and attention. The key to ensuring you spend quality time with your family and friends is to pre-plan and book time off accordingly. By pre-planning, it refrains you from reverting back to the famous line of ‘If I have time after work.”
Delegate Work Off Your Plate.
Sometimes you have to give up the control and hand over some of your workload to your employees to handle. They are there for the common goal of seeing the business grow and succeed so let them aid in seeing those goals achieved. By trying to juggle everything at once, you risk not being able to effectively tackle tasks efficiently and with focus.
Invest in Your Well-being and Take Care of Your Health.
By getting a full nights rest, eating right, and making an effort to exercise when possible, you are making an investment in your health and your businesses success. Taking the time to take care of yourself, you are ensuring that you are always tackling your work as the most productive version of yourself. Investing in yourself you are investing in your business.
If you have any questions regarding the information above or if you would like to discuss getting the right insurance for your business, our Bullfrog Insurance brokers would be happy to help you out. Contact us today for a free quote!