Life as an entrepreneur is only for some. You quit the 9-5 for the 24/7, or so it may seem. Some believe owning a business means you are always “on,” and rest is for the wicked. However, you risk burnout and ineffective business management without rest and work-life balance.
Consider this simple equation: less stress = better mental health + improved physical health. Improve the mind, improve the body, improve the business.
You’ll be able to read on for techniques to balance your professional and personal life.
4 Work-life Harmony Tips
Work-life balance helps you improve your mental health and professional insight. Sometimes, the answer comes to you when you’re not thinking of a problem or how to solve it. Further, self-care promotes happiness, and isn’t that one of the purest goals in life? Often, pause and ask yourself if the task you’re focused on is as important as you think — and usually, it isn’t.
Here are four simple tips for harmony in your work and life.
Schedule time – More time to yourself that enhances your career. Block out time for just you, away from work and work-related activities. Networking doesn’t count as “you” time.
Work from home – While some people work more hours if they’re in a home office rather than a physical one, maintain regular business hours and indulge in a more extended lunch hour when you can.
Take a walk – Rather than sitting on a Zoom call, try walking with the person you’re meeting or chatting with them on the phone instead. The teeters on imbalance, but this change in behavior may be just what you need to change your balance outside of work.
Take a vacation – Commit to taking a vacation and leaving your technology far from your eyes. Plan so you can enjoy your vacation.
The Importance of Maintaining a Work-life Balance
Work-life balance isn’t something you can give your employees or ask of them — or yourself. It’s something that must be intentional. If you’re productive throughout the week, you deserve the break of the weekend.
Stronger bonds with your family and friends are what life is for, and earning a paycheck is merely making a living. If you neglect the bonds with those closest to you, you risk not having them when it’s time to retire or take a break. It’s normal to recharge. If you’re constantly moving at 100 MPH, no one wins.
Why is Work-life Balance Important to Business Owners?
If the scales are tipped to one side, things start falling. Focusing too much on your business may separate you from why you started it. Indeed, it wasn’t so you can work 24/7 without any work-life balance — this isn’t what you want to think on your deathbed.
When you’re balanced, you can do more. You’re not frantically trying to complete 100% of one task, only to attempt to achieve 100% of another later. Imagine walking on only one leg all day.
Unsurprisingly, you can concentrate more fully on the task if you have balance. You wouldn’t cook all the rice before starting on the chicken; you would do them concurrently so everything is ready.
Lastly, you are more creative when you have hobbies, outside interests, and more mental space. Interacting with people outside of work can inspire you (and them!) to solve problems or develop new ideas. Blood flow can assist with cognitive function.
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