Whether you are a new business owner or a seasoned entrepreneur, you probably have your own ideas about maintaining a healthy work-life balance. But navigating your professional life, personal goals, marriage, kids, social obligations, and home life can be challenging. If you are struggling to reach a happy medium, here are 5 tips for achieving a good work-life balance.
What is work-life balance?
Cambridge Dictionary defines work-life balance as “the amount of time you spend doing your job compared with the amount of time you spend with your family and doing things you enjoy.” In essence, finding this symmetry means you have your professional life and personal life in perfect balance.
This has been a hot topic, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, when the lines between work and personal life were blurred. Now in a post-COVID workforce, we are finding a new normal and learning to balance our work and personal lives once again—perhaps even better than before.
Tips for achieving a good work-life balance
1. Your "me-time" is important
If you have kids, a romantic partner, friends, and a business, you can often put yourself last on your list of priorities. That’s why it is essential to create a routine for self-care—some rest and relaxation time that is just for you.
Whether it’s a morning cup of coffee and meditation or walking around the block in the evening before bed, you need to set aside a time that is dedicated to restoring you.
2. Confide in your peers
Find a group of fellow business owners who can understand your journey into entrepreneurship. Cultivating a group of peers with whom you can openly discuss your struggles is a great way to learn tips and tricks from folks who understand exactly what you are going through.
3. Find an accountability partner
Make sure you have someone to hold you accountable to maintain your work-life balance principles. Whether this person is a romantic partner, business partner, friend, or family member, find someone who knows you well enough to tell if you’re not taking enough care of yourself.
4. Plan your personal life too
You might have your professional calendar organized to a tee, with your meetings and work time all perfectly scheduled. However having an organized calendar for your personal life can help alleviate unneeded chaos or stress.
Write out the dates for important personal items like doctor appointments, any school or extracurricular commitments with your kids, date nights, and vacations. Display the calendar in your home and even get the kids involved; maybe even make it a fun family project.
5. Prioritize your physical health
This could fall under “me-time” but your physical health is a very specific part of your personal life. The bottom line is that if you don’t have your health, you have nothing.
Prioritizing this aspect of your life is essential not only for your own health but also for the health of your business. You want to bring your best self to work, but you can’t do that if you are not physically or mentally healthy.
It is also important that your staff members see you achieve this balance so they can feel inspired to follow suit. Establish good eating habits, a consistent exercise routine, and time for prayer or meditation. Investing this time in yourself will be returned to you through your successful business!
Now, we know that this perfect work-life balance isn’t always possible. Sometimes work takes precedence and dominates your life, or your personal life will bleed into your work life.
However, implementing these work-life balance tips can help you navigate any turbulent periods of your personal or professional life. Sometimes scales tip one way or the other, but with hard work and dedication, balance can be restored!
To hear more about work-life balance from energyhill’s co-founders Ryan and Gloria Lowe, check out our podcast recording on Youtube.
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