Let’s face it, work-life balance is especially elusive to the entrepreneur. Work is a necessary means for most people to keep a roof over their heads and to live comfortably. But to an entrepreneur running their own business, work is life and life is work. An entrepreneur doesn’t just go to a job. An entrepreneur lives and breathes their business.
It’s precisely because of that entrepreneurial passion and drive, that it’s even more important to find some kind of work-life balance. As study after study shows, adding that balance to your life is essential to counteract the incredible amounts of stress you’re under.draw a precise line between your personal and work life to achieve a healthy balance. Balance isn’t about creating an impenetrable wall between your professional and personal lives but finding ways to connect the two.
It’s not about drawing a precise line between your personal and work life to achieve a healthy balance. Because a healthy work-life balance isn’t about creating an impenetrable wall between your professional and personal lives but finding ways to connect the two. You can balance work and life when you treat your job as a vital part of your life, and you can integrate portions of your entertainment, relaxing, and family life into your work.
Here are four ways any entrepreneur can create a healthier Work-Life Balance.
Make time for yourself
While the success of your business is important to you, it shouldn’t be your entire life. You were a human before starting your company, and you should give priority to the activities that make you happy.
Whether you visit the park, get a massage or take a hot bath, it’s important to leave at least an hour a week to do something special for yourself. When’s the last time you went to an amusement park – just the grownups? Or played video games – just because? You can take a short trip, read or reconnect with a forgotten hobby.
Be present, accountable and consistent
Being present means you should be attentive at work, at home, and during your free time. Where you spend your energy and time has a direct connection to how successful you are in achieving a healthy work-life balance.
Getting caught up with work is very easy… But it’s so important to spend time with friends, family, or other people who bring joy into your lives. Although it might not seem evident at first, the memories that you create while spending time with people you love help spark up ways of thinking and new ideas.
Don’t be scared to unplug
We live in a connected world that never sleeps. Cutting ties with the outside world once in a while allows us to recover from weekly stress and gives space to other thoughts and ideas.
When you are always on, you don’t allow other things to surface that might be more important. Even meditating each morning for 10 minutes can provide you with a great headstart for the day. And yes, sometimes it is imperative to take a vacation and shut work off for a while.
A vacation might be a 15-minute walk around the block without having to look at your phone, and a vacation could also be two or three weeks traveling with family. It’s important to take a step back to mentally and physically recharge. If you are surrounded by good people at work, taking a vacation should be easy to take.
You need boundaries to achieve a balance between your professional and personal lives. Setting boundaries is healthy for everyone around you. It teaches your team that you can put your heart and soul into your business and still give time to your family and loved ones. And as an entrepreneur and your company’s leader, that’s a great example to set for everyone.
Until next time,
To Your Growth & Profits
William De Temple, CEO Antirion LLC
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