WORK-LIFE BALANCE




Struggling with work-life balance is a challenge for many entrepreneurs. However, one trait that sets entrepreneurs apart is the mentality needed to grow a company.

It takes a great deal of motivation, perseverance, and commitment to move the needle forward, overcome setbacks and build a successful business.

Work-life balance can seem impossible with only 24 hours in a day to lead a business, handle family responsibilities, nurture friendships, schedule "self-care," and squeeze in a few outside interests. But, here is the thing, without work-life balance, many entrepreneurs find themselves burned out, unable to lead, and experiencing mental and physical issues.


HERE ARE A FEW TIPS:


1. Start with sleep and work backward. So many of us borrow from sleep. Sleep is the foundation for all self-care. When you are rested, you're more focused; you have better memory, are more productive, and have improved emotional and social function.

Schedule your day around sleep. For example, if you get up at 6 am to get 8 hours of sleep, go to bed at 10 pm. That means you have 6 am to 10 pm to schedule your day.


2. Identify energy boosters and drains. Sometimes we spend a lot of our time on activities that drain our energy and add no value. Identify energy drains and limit the time you spend on them. Great examples of energy drains are reading all those "important" updates on social media. Instead, choose something that will boost your energy, such as meditation, exercise, a healthy meal, or walking outside.


3. Priotize your day by setting manageable goals for each day. Take care of the urgent and essential tasks first and then attack the less critical activities. You may need to break up big tasks into smaller ones. Please give yourself a certain amount of time to complete each task or work towards achieving it; this will prevent you from feeling overwhelmed. After each period is completed for each task, allow at least 5-10 minutes to do something that will recharge your batteries. Revisit your energy boost.


4. Your priorities play a significant role in establishing boundaries. Take the time to write out what matters to you, and be specific. For example, if you have found that spending more time with your family is a priority, you might set a goal to attend all of your daughter's at-home soccer games. Then, as you are planning out your workweek, you'll take that goal and incorporate it into your schedule.


5. Develop a system for doing a calendar check-in. Your calendar is a tool that keeps you on track within the boundaries, goals, and priorities you have established. For example, I do a calendar check-in on Sunday. This allows me to assess how well I scheduled my days for the following week and what steps I need to take to pull things back into alignment with my priorities.


6. A common misconception about entrepreneurs is that they are available 24/7. It's easy to fire off a response to an incoming, late-night text message, but doing so may communicate more than you realize. Begin early on by sharing your start and stop time with your clients, vendors, and staff and the acceptable communication methods.

Being intentional with your priorities, boundaries, goals, and time will allow you to create a business you'll love and a balanced life!