Work-life balance is simply a healthy balance between your work life and your personal life.Achieving such a balance doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to put an equal amount of hours into both your work life and personal life.
Realistically, being an entrepreneur, your business is going to require a great deal of your time. You can’t neglect this responsibility, especially in the beginning, if you want to be successful.
When you wake up, your business and the day’s tasks are on your mind. Before you go to sleep, you think about what was accomplished during the day and how close you are to achieving your overall business goals.
Your business can provide you with wealth, but money can’t replace real people and real experiences.Although your loved ones will certainly enjoy the lifestyle provided by your success, they may also come to resent you because your time is never spent with them.
You know that a perfect balance between your work life and personal life can’t be achieved, but you can take actions that make your daily life more manageable and which allow you to handle both parts of your life.
Here are five ways to bring a little more balance to your daily routine
1. When you’re away from work, be away from work
This is one of the hardest things for entrepreneurs to do, but it’s so important. When it’s time to stop working, I encourage you to shut down your computer, close the office door, and step away — both physically and mentally. That means no compulsively checking your email on your phone when you should be relaxing with your family! Make the decision to be present in the moment and enjoy your life.
2. Schedule Your Life, Not Just Work
Reserve set times in your schedule for activities that allow you to recharge and that add value to your life, such as daily exercise, a weekly date or social night, reserved time for family activities, and a yearly vacation. You not only will have something to look forward to, but also extra motivation to manage your other time well so you do not have to cancel on others—and yourself!
3. Drop activities that sap your time or energy.
Many people waste their time on activities or people that add no value — for example, spending too much time at work with a colleague who is constantly venting and gossiping.Take stock of activities that don’t enhance your career or personal life, and minimize the time you spend on them.
You may even be able to leave work earlier if you make a conscious effort to limit the time you spend on the web and social media sites, making personal calls, or checking your bank balance.
4. Exercise and meditate
Even when we’re busy, we make time for the crucial things in life. We eat. We go to the bathroom. We sleep. And yet one of our most crucial needs – exercise – is often the first thing to go when our calendars fill up. Exercise is an effective stress reducer. It pumps feel-good endorphins through your body. It helps lift your mood and can even serve a one-two punch by also putting you in a meditative state.
5. Don’t forget to take time for yourself.
A lot of my clients avoid taking time for themselves because they mistakenly believe that if they don’t have an hour to indulge, it’s not worth it. But that’s not true! You can take care of yourself five or ten minutes at a time!
Whether you take a walk in the park, get a massage or [take]a hot bath, it’s important to always set aside an hour a week to do something for yourself.