As a small business owner, one of the biggest challenges you face on a continuous basis is trying to maintain balance between your professional life and personal life. If you’re out of alignment in this area, you’ll certainly feel the effects.
4 Tips for Better Work-Life Balance
Balance is an integral component of success, regardless of what area of life you’re discussing. From a work-life balance perspective, sports offer a great analogy.
As hockey performance trainer Dan Garner explains, “If you’re not balanced you’re not moving correctly, if you’re not moving correctly you start the domino effect that knocks down all categories of performance a certain percentage of what you could have otherwise accomplished had you been balanced.”
If you don’t have proper work-life balance, there’s going to be a negative impact on both your job performance and your personal life. While everything might not fall apart at once, you’ll perform at a much lesser level than you otherwise would when in proper alignment.
The question is, how do you achieve optimal work-life balance as a business owner? Unfortunately, there is no magic solution. However, you can increase your chances of finding harmony by implementing the following tips:
- Set Goals and Establish Boundaries
Work-life balance doesn’t just happen – you have to be intentional.
First off, you need goals in your both your work life and your personal life. These goals will tell you what’s important and prevent you from prioritizing things that don’t really matter. Secondly, boundaries are a must. Not only do you need distinct hours of the day when you work and specific periods of time when you relax with family, but you also need to do your best to leave your work at the office.
- Keep a Calendar and Stick to It
Keep a calendar – whether on your phone or in a physical planner – and stick to it. It sounds simple, but it’s hard for most people. When you treat your calendar like it’s set in stone, you’ll find it a lot harder to back out of a personal obligation in order to schedule a meeting (or vice versa).
- Become a Better Communicator
Communication is an integral component of good work-life balance. While you can establish goals and establish boundaries, surprises will inevitably arise and you won’t always be able to stick to a consistent schedule. In these moments, how you communicate with your employees, clients, spouse, or children will dictate how things go.
- Hire the Right People
When Jim Belosic first founded Shortstack, he was working 80-hour weeks and spending very little time with his wife. But after the birth of their first child, he knew something needed to change. In order to strike better work-life balance, he began hiring employees to handle some of the tasks he had been reluctant to relinquish. And while it wasn’t exactly easy in the early stages, it’s been one of the best decisions he’s ever made.
“If they have a two o’clock [event] at my daughter’s school, I can leave work and go see it. My wife totally appreciates it,” Belosic says. “If my kids are sick, I can work at home, and I’m not missed [at work]. It’s just so much easier on the whole household.”
Set Yourself Up for Success
Whether it’s in sports, your career, or your personal life, balance is something you need. As a business owner, it’s particularly important. You have both work responsibilities and family duties – each of which requires a healthy amount of attention and focus. By prioritizing better work-life balance, you can set yourself up for long-term success.