12 Feb How To Achieve Work-Life Balance As A Small Business Owner
Owning and operating a small business can be exhilarating and rewarding, but it also involves long hours and hard, hard work. Success often comes at the price of family and friends, with the personal life sacrificed to make room for the business to grow and flourish. While this normal and required to make a business succeed, without allowing time to recharge through a good balance of work and living you can become less productive and able to run your company effectively. Burning out is a very real danger, with will impact your business, which your family is probably relying on to survive.
Symptoms you are Working too much
Overwork and stress can manifest in many different ways depending on the type of person you are. Whether you are running an eCommerce website, freelancing as a designer or writer, or starting a brick and mortar business, you need to be mindful of the small things to ensure they don’t become larger problems. You may start to exhibit a combination of the following symptoms:
- Mood swings
- Loss of temper
If left unchecked, these can accumulate and snowball into larger, health-affecting issues.
What you can do to Minimise the Impact of a Busy Work-life
Being organised is one of the best ways to ensure you are not spending precious family and “me” time working. Set yourself a realistic schedule, with designated work hours. This will help you be more productive, with deadlines and time limits on your tasks. A simple plan can help improve both productivity and your state-of-mind.
Multi-tasking is a myth and studies have shown that concentrating on a task at a time is far more effective. Devoting yourself to one thing will ensure it is done correctly and with the right amount of care. Prioritise your workload to make sure you don’t miss anything important, then work through one-by-one.
Unplugging and spending quality time with friends, family, or simply doing things you enjoy, is vital. A holiday doesn’t need to be long or expensive, just a way of recharging and giving you something to look forward to outside of your business life.
The connected world is designed to save time and labour, providing many innovations that help with productivity and output. Smartphones, computers, tablet and even watches, are incredibly powerful and allow a business to be run from anywhere in the world, from any location. They are also a time-suck. If your budget allows, designate particular hardware for business, with other pieces for pleasure. Remove games and apps that waste your time from your business phone, tablet or computer, to make sure that when you are in your work time, you are present and productive. This will prevent incomplete tasks spilling over into your rest time because you spent 30 minutes playing Candy Crush instead of updating the inventory.
Always more days to work
It is important to realise that your health and well-being is more important than any business venture. Burning out and not being able to work at all will be more costly to productivity than pacing yourself and taking time off to recharge. Achieving the right balance, especially in the early stages of a new venture, can be a difficult challenge, but you will reap the rewards