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Striking a work life balance with your own business

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Starting or maintaining your own successful company involves a great deal of sacrifice – as any entrepreneur will tell you. Businesses have to be worked at, often at the expense of your social life, your family and sometimes even your sanity. But does it really matter how successful your business is if you’re spending 24 hours a day, seven days a week with your nose to the grindstone? The chances are that your company will eventually suffer as a result of this, particularly if you have a breakdown or lose what’s important to you.

While it might seem unrealistic, striking a work/life balance with your own business is probably the most important ingredient to success. If you don’t take time out for yourself and your family, not only are you likely to forget what motivates you in life, but you will also burn out very quickly.

Here are some steps you can take to make sure you keep a firm grip on life outside work.

Go on holiday

Don’t feel bad about having a well needed and well earned break. Although you may not have the luxury of holiday pay, you wouldn’t feel guilty taking time off if you worked for someone else. Your business will not fold if you have a few days off. Just put an out of office message on your laptop and, more importantly, leave it at home. Try to have a complete break from the business and everything to do with it – you’ll feel all the more refreshed when you get home.

Getting away can even reactivate some of the creative juices and create more room in your head for ideas. A bit of distance from things can also help you gain perspective; sometimes you just can’t see the wood for the trees.

Learn to switch off from work

work life balanceTry to make the most of the time that you’re not at work, however little time that may be. If you only have precious few hours away from the office, then don’t spend all of that time thinking about it and talking about it. As well as driving you mad, it is probably also quite annoying to other people to hear about it all the time.

Limit late nights

Aim to only work two or three late nights a week and only one day of the weekend. Unfortunately your to do list will probably never be clear, so it’s better to just accept the fact rather than burning yourself out. In addition, it’s likely the quality of your work will decline when you’re feeling drained, tired and de-motivated. Sometimes you can sit at something for hours in the evening which would actually only take 10 minutes if you left it until the next morning.

Make time for hobbies

Most entrepreneurs like to plan ahead, so when you’re scheduling your diary for the week, plan in some exercise or hobby time and make sure you stick to it.

 

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