In an increasingly fast-paced world, it can seem like there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. If you’re an entrepreneur with a home life to manage, especially if you’ve got young children, it can be a real challenge trying to balance the two. If you work from home, the lines between work and family life can become blurred, and it can be hard to commit yourself fully to either.
Unlike with a regular 9 to 5 job, running a business requires constant attention and being available to make important decisions outside of normal office hours. All too often, it can be easy to prioritise your business over your personal life – but you need a balance to keep both going smoothly.
Want to be a successful entrepreneur without compromising on personal time? Here are some great tips for staying happy, healthy and balanced while you grow your business.
Set your own rules
When you haven’t got a boss telling you what to do, you have to set your own boundaries. Draw your own lines and choose how many hours in the day you want to spend working, and what realistically fits around your routine.
The beauty of working for yourself means that you can choose exactly when you get your hours in, so if you need to fit your working time around kids’ school times etc., you have the option.
Plus, you can hand your work on to someone else because you’ve got no boss to tell you not to! Just work out what your time is worth and if you find you have more work to do than hours in the day, find an assistant or freelancer whose hourly rate is less than what your time is worth and you’re winning.
Create a work-friendly haven
It can be tempting to wake up and start working in bed while still wearing your pyjamas. While one of the perks of self-employment is definitely being able to be more relaxed while you work, it can actually damage your efficiency and productivity if you fail to separate the two sides of your life.
Create a space that is specifically catered to your working needs. A calm, clear desk with a few of your favourite ornaments, a pot plant, or even motivational quotes.
Wearing ‘proper’ clothes, and sitting in a comfortable and supportive office chair with plenty of daylight flooding in to your room will also go a long way towards helping you get into a productive mindset.
Understand the value of breaks
One of the best things you can do for your business is to look after your mental and physical health, and part of that is allowing yourself to have proper breaks.
That doesn’t mean watching TV or YouTube on the same computer you’ve been working on. Instead, commit to a break that is as far removed from your working state as possible. Go for a walk, cook a nutritious meal, call a friend or do something creative. When you give yourself permission to fully put work out of your mind, you can truly enjoy your break – and commit yourself fully once you get back to the job.
Stay healthy in both body and mind by following these tips, and both your home life and the future of your business will benefit.