Starting a business can be enormously stressful and amazingly brilliant – all at the same time! It’s exciting going out on your own, but in the first few months and years, it is not unusual for entrepreneurs to spend ridiculous numbers of hours working like a Trojan to build their new business. Because of this, personal relationships with family and friends often suffer as they are forced to take a backseat to the business. Eventually the rewards will come, but for now, here are a few tips to help you achieve a better life-work balance.
Learn to Delegate
The most important thing you can do is learn to delegate. There may not be anyone you can delegate to in the early days, but once you are able to take on staff, be careful not to micro-manage them. Instead, give them tasks to do and get on with your own job; that way you might be able to leave the office on time.
Look for Better Time Management Solutions
Make use of technology to help you manage your time more efficiently. Use electronic diaries and programs such as Outlook to plan meetings and pencil in appointments. The better you are at managing your time, the more free time you will have.
Be Ruthlessly Organised
Organisation goes hand in hand with the above tip. It is impossible to make time for family and friends if you are running around like a headless chicken. Instead of having a panic every five minutes when something goes wrong at home or at work, keep essential information close at hand and bookmark useful content such as online help and telephone numbers.
Accept All Offers of Help
Never say “no” if someone offers help. You can’t do everything yourself and expect to live a normal life. It just isn’t feasible. Make use of mentors – these people are there to help you. There is lots of help available if you start attending entrepreneurial networking functions. Talking to other people in a similar boat will open up many avenues of assistance, all of which will help you to better run your business.
Stress Busting Techniques
Don’t let stress impact on your life. Stress is a horribly insidious thing. It has a habit of creeping up on us and affecting everything we do. The more stressed you are, the less efficient you will be, which in turn will affect your life-work balance. So nip stress in the bud before it bites you on the behind.
Set Aside Family Time
Make family time a priority, no matter what. No business is worth sacrificing your relationship and kids for. It really isn’t. Plan weekends away and holidays, and don’t spend all your time checking emails and taking telephone calls. Instead, ditch the devices and relax for a few days. It will do you good!
Never lose sight of a healthy life-work balance. If you do, you might lose your health at the same time.