How to have a work-life balance as a small business owner
It is no easy task to achieve work-life balance in today’s unpredictable and fast-paced business world. As we grow increasingly more connected through technology and social media, it is becoming more and more difficult to separate work from our personal lives. It is all too common to check emails at all hours, take business calls at the dinner table and work on our laptops on weekends.
How has this happened?
To remain successful long-term, small business owners must find a balance between their business and their personal life. Here are five ways to create a work-life balance.
One of the most crucial steps is to set boundaries with customers, employees and vendors. I’m not saying that these rules have to be rigid, but you do need a clear idea of how and when you want your business contacts to have access to you to ensure you don’t get any unwanted WhatsApp messages or out of hour calls.
Create Rules for Yourself
Just as you need to set rules that manage your contact with others, you also need to set ground rules for yourself. It is way too easy to take that late-night call “just this once,” or give out your personal mobile phone number to a trusted client.
Make a list of unacceptable personal actions that contradict your boundaries. Keep the list in a visible place and check it often to make sure you are respecting your own boundaries.
Allow Yourself to Take Breaks
Having work-life balance needs you to dedicate time to focus on all aspects of your life, you can’t prioritise your personal life without investing time into that. If you know you are a person who overschedules, book personal life into the diary as if it is a work responsibility to ensure it holds its time. Over time, this will become second nature to you and will be one of the most valuable slots of time during your day.