5 Tips to Help
Balance Work and Play
Sometimes it’s hard to remember to live a life that’s balanced between work and play. With entrepreneurs always planning the future of their business and its next steps, time is generally devoted to thinking about new ideas and achieving another goal. But, if you and your well being aren’t first on your list of priorities, your business could suffer.
There are several things entrepreneurs can do to begin making positive, healthy changes in their lives while balancing both business and personal time.
Plan Your Day
Plan your calendar and prioritize your schedule ahead of time. This can be done in thirty minute to one hour intervals, depending on what your day is like. If you need a certain amount of quiet time in the morning, a short break in the afternoon, or have appointments or meetings, be sure to pencil them in with the allotted time. If someone requests a meeting, try asking questions right then and there so you can do your research ahead of time. This will keep you on task and on time.
Money may be renewable, but time is not. Avoid distractions whenever possible and make each day productive.
Put Your Phone Down
Checking your phone for new emails, calls and texts may be of second nature to you at this point. Oftentimes, doing this will create a distraction from what you want to focus on early in the day. Try to designate times for these things in your daily planner after you’ve completed more important tasks.
Spend Time With Family
Sometimes it’s easy to get consumed with work and forget about the people that all of our efforts are for. No matter how busy you think you are, put down the cell phone and the laptop, and spend some time with the people most important to you.
Whether it’s a spouse, parent, or child, be sure to spend at least thirty minutes (or more!) with them daily. Ask them how their day was, cook them a meal, or show them you care with affection.
Remember, in the end, no one wished they would’ve worked more over spending time with their family.
Get Rest and Exercise
These are both critical to success. Sacrificing sleep will never prove beneficial in the long run. Entrepreneurs who consistently stay up late have a higher chance of burnout, irritability and poor concentration. Furthermore, overworked professionals tend to be less productive than others.
Not only can insufficient sleep negatively affect work performance, but if you’re too tired throughout the day, you will likely be too tired to exercise.
Exercise should be incorporated into your daily routine. Not only is thirty minutes of exercise per day recommended by doctors, but it can also get you to work harder by adding a competitive edge. Some companies are even building gyms onsite for this very reason.
Remind Yourself of Your “Why”
Owning a business is hard, stressful and time consuming. With all of the hustle and bustle, it’s easy to forget why you’re working so hard.
This is important to remember every single day. Sit down, think about what you’re thankful for and acknowledge all the goals you’ve accomplished. Reminding yourself of how far you’ve come will keep you focused and ready to tackle whatever comes next.