How To Manage Work-Life Balance As A Small Business Owner
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Are you juggling a million things at once and feel like you have no time for yourself?
As a small business owner, you probably have to wear many hats. From marketing and admin tasks, to accounting and recruiting, you need to do it all. So, you spend more hours working than you should, which means less quality time spent with your loved ones. Yet, self-care is key to productivity as it improves your focus, creativity and prevents you from experiencing burnout.
So, how can you run a small business and still make time for yourself and your family?
That’s exactly the question we’ll answer in this article.
Create a Morning Routine
You might have read about how creating a morning routine can help boost your productivity. And it’s true. Setting a morning routine with energising habits such as exercising, meditating, or journaling can help you be more focused and improve your cognitive function. A bonus of being more productive is that you’ll get more done in less time, which can help you free up some time to enjoy your friends and family.
But a morning routine is not just about being more productive. It’s also about me-time. For instance, the techniques mentioned are fantastic ways to unwind, recharge your batteries, set a positive tone for the day and improve your wellbeing in general.
Besides, creating a morning routine will help reduce the stress and anxiety you might experience when you’re trying to work out how to squeeze in some time to exercise or take some time for yourself later in the day.
Set Healthy Boundaries
This one isn’t easy. As a business owner, you often have to work around the clock and might have to be available at all times for emergencies.
We get it.
Yet, establishing firm boundaries is key as it’ll help prevent your business and your work from encroaching on your personal life and affecting your mental health.
Some examples of boundaries you can set to help you unplug and relax after work include:
- Don’t bring work home. Instead, enjoy your favourite activity, spend time with your loved ones or cook yourself a great meal. You deserve it.
- Turn off your notifications 2 hours before bed to allow your brain to slow down and improve your sleep.
- Take at least one day off on the weekend to relax and recharge.
- Don’t respond to work calls or emails after a specific time.
You don’t have to set these specific boundaries. The idea is for you to set boundaries that are applicable to you and will allow you to have some quality time to yourself while not risking your business. And once you’ve implemented these boundaries, make sure to stick with them.
Delegate non-critical tasks
Small business owners tend to be protective of their business. After all, they have put their heart and soul into it, and so many hours!
But that’s the thing. You don’t necessarily need to be involved in every single aspect of the business and spend all your time doing everything. As a business owner, you need to keep control of strategic tasks while delegating those that you either don't have the skills to do yourself, or would be better off being done by someone else.
Sure, you might not have considered paying freelancers or hiring part-time staff to help you as you’d rather keep costs low. But outsourcing and delegating could be well worth it. You could use the time you free up more strategically by focusing on building key relationships and growing your sales pipeline which will ultimately improve your bottom line. After all, time is money.
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