Work-life balance isn’t just a cliché that sounds good in theory. It’s necessary for both your physical and mental health. Although it might seem like a paradox, enjoying time away from work can make you a more effective business owner. Meeting with friends, engaging in hobbies, and tending to your physical fitness are just as important for life satisfaction as feeling fulfilled at your job. They key is not to let one area overtake your life so much that you neglect the other areas.
Outsource Some Business and Home Maintenance Tasks to Give Yourself More Free Time
One of the great things about owning a business is the flexibility that it provides you in scheduling. You don’t have to ask anyone else’s permission to take a vacation or take Friday afternoons off in the summer. The downside is that no one pays you for time away from work and you still need to complete the tasks that accumulate in your absence. Delegating some tasks to a responsible staff member or hiring temporary help can free up more time that you can spend on personal pursuits. Here are some suggestions:
- Data entry
- Accounting tasks
- Arranging for deliveries and pick-ups
- Cleaning the office
- Making travel arrangements
- Purchasing supplies for the office
You may also wish to consider outsourcing some of the tasks you need to complete at home to keep your household running smoothly. Some of these include:
- Mowing the lawn
- Cleaning the house
- Shopping for food
- Outdoor maintenance tasks such as painting, gutter cleaning, and washing the windows
If you feel like it will squeeze your budget too much to outsource, start with one small task and consider it an investment in your overall well-being.
Surround Yourself with a Strong Support System
Part of being a good leader is recognizing the need to ask for help. Do you have anyone to turn to when you’re feeling overwhelmed? If not, you could be setting yourself up for physical and mental health problems. Seek out friends and business associates in the same line of work who you can vent to on occasion and allow them to do the same with you. Ask for your family’s support with your business venture, including giving them permission to tell you when you’re spending too much time working.
As the owner of your small business, remember that you need to delegate some of the work rather than trying to do it all yourself. Don’t be afraid to hold your employees accountable for meeting deadlines and resist the urge to jump in and take over their work.
Establish Boundaries with Partners and Employees
In our always-connected society, it can be challenging to turn work off entirely. If you have a business partner or employees, let them know the hours you’re available for them to reach you outside of work and stick to it except in cases of emergency.
If you’d like to discuss additional ways to achieve balance between your work and personal life, we’d love to meet with you and hear your story. BizResults.com is about execution, getting things done, moving the needle, helping the business owner succeed. It’s always exciting to learn about the solutions and challenges business owners are facing daily, and to see how we can work together.