One of the big issues when you start your own business is whether or not you will have time to actually live your life. Striking a balance between the two has always been a problem for entrepreneurs. Keep reading and find out five ways you can find that balance without sacrificing your goals for either.
It is funny isn't it? You start a business so that you can have more financial freedom in life and then find you don't spend any of your earnings or have time to enjoy it because you're always working.
Working for yourself may fulfill a lifelong goal, but at the expense of having time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Be careful! To your family it may seem like poisonous fruit.
It can be hard to find time for both work and family, especially when you are doing it all alone. But, there is hope.
Five Balancing Tips for Business and Life
1. Get help as soon as you can
Yes, it will be hard in the beginning. You may work long hours, but there is a brighter day coming. As soon as you are able to afford assistance without sacrificing profits, get it.
Having a VA (Virtual Assistant) or project manager to help will free you up to handle bigger tasks, take more control of and make better use of your time.
2. Be Flexible
Rome wasn't built in a day and your business won't be either. Realize that there is more to life than working all the time. Build in time for family activities instead of finding more time to work. Keep your schedule somewhat flexible to account for sudden changes.
Your family are your biggest investors and partners in your life's work. Keep your family in the loop about what is going on with business. If you need help from them, ask. Make sure that you make decisions together as much as you can, so that no one misunderstands what is going on. Even though it is your business enterprise, it is a family concern in many ways. Their involvement will make them feel important and give them a sense of accomplishment as well.
4. Use time wisely
Time management is always important, even if you don't own a business. When you are working, divide tasks to get everything done in the allotted time frame. Use apps like Toggl or even a timer on your iphone to help you stay on task and get prioritized things done in the time allotted.
While the week is mostly for work-related goals, guard the weekends off as family time. Adjust your schedule to take off a Friday now and then for a long weekend getaway with the family, or surprise them with a fun week day outing. When you are working, divide tasks to get everything done in the allotted time frame.
5. Enjoy yourself
If you are not happy in your life or with your business, then nothing you do will matter. You won't be motivated in either arena.
Does the business seem to be sucking you dry? Take time to evaluate your goals and strategies for reaching them. The same goes for your life. Making changes can lead to fulfillment and success. There is no one business fits all. If it doesn't work, change it up. Life is too short not to enjoy it.
That being said, there ARE hard times in every business that is growing. Be wise with your decisions and don't throw in the towel just because things got hard. There is a big difference in changing directions because you were going the wrong way and changing directions because the road got a little rough.
Are you having trouble finding a balance between work and life? What is your biggest struggle? Leave a comment.