5 Tips for a Healthy Work-Life Balance
The division of work and home life is not as clear as it once was. With the evolution of today's technology, the millennial generation of small business owners are able to stay connected to their companies around the clock. While being linked 24/7 has its perks, it also has its downfalls. That's why it's more important now than ever to keep a healthy work-life balance.
Here are five tips to help keep business and personal life in harmony:
Define what a healthy work-life balance is
Whether it's one hour a night dedicated to going through unread work emails or Saturday afternoons devoted to spending time with family, outline different combinations of work and personal life to figure out what's best. No one person has exactly the same definition, so it can be as specific or vague as desired.
Experiment to find that harmonious balance
The beauty of running a small business is that the owner gets to make their own rules and set their own limits when it comes to spending time on the job. Finding a healthy mixture of work, rest, and play will help maximize the amount of work completed while also feeling relaxed and in control at the same time.
To do that, set a certain amount of time to spend with friends and family away from work. And when away from work, stay both physically and mentally away. Also find times to work out and stay active to stay in physical shape. If sleep is hard to come by at night, take naps during the day if the schedule allows it.
Maintain a physical schedule
Buy a personal diary/planner or start putting everything in the calendar on a phone/tablet. Including all personal and work events and keeping it all in one place will make it easier to set priorities of what tasks need to be accomplished at any given time. To supplement the schedule, make to-do lists. They can be daily, weekly, or even monthly.
Don't get stretched too thin by overbooking the schedule to account for every hour of the day. Everyone needs a little down time once in a while. Stick to the schedule as much as possible, though. If events wind up clashing with one another, avoid canceling and instead attempt to shift one to a different time slot that's more convenient.
Finish the task at hand
Don't start a new project until the one being worked on has been totally completed. Working on one project at a time can help keep priorities straight. Working on too many at the same time will cause unnecessary added stress.
Each project doesn't have to be perfect. Trying to reach perfection can waste time because it's most likely unattainable anyway. Good enough can save time for other tasks.
If staying on top of growing the business is starting to force you to neglect other parts of the daily operation, maybe it's time to look at outsourcing.
Work smarter, not harder
Technology can help, if it's used the right way. Find apps or different programs online to help automate some of the tedious daily tasks that don't require personal attention. It will free up time to do other jobs that do require that level of attention. It also may help to stay mindful of the latest small business trends when it comes to making small businesses run smoother.