As a small business owner, you probably spend the majority of your time either working at your business, or thinking about your business operations. This is a common occurrence for many business owners who are juggling many different tasks. In fact, no matter how successful your business is, it demands your attention nearly 24/7, leaving little time for your friends and family. As a business owner, you certainly don’t want to hang your business out to dry—it needs you as much as your loved ones do, but you also don’t want to leave your loved ones out in the cold. The good news is, there are definitely ways to achieve balance—here are just five of them.
- Pick a day and unplug. If you get your business calls and emails on your phone, tablet, or laptop, it’s time to pick a day and leave those devices at home while you go out and do something fun with your family or friends. If you can, take the whole weekend off, at least once a month (preferably once a week, like the rest of the world). Stop letting business but into family time by unplugging from the devices that make that possible.
- Learn to say no. If you’re not very good at delegating, or if you let people dump their responsibilities back on you because you can’t say no—it’s time to learn to say no. If someone ducks out of work early every day just because they know you won’t stop them, put your foot down. You shouldn’t be pick up your employee’s slack—they should be picking up yours.
- Don’t bail on personal appointments. If you have to make a choice between closing up your business (because one of your workers wants to leave early) and that long-standing date night with your spouse, don’t pick your business. This will leave your loved ones feeling like they are less important to you than your business—and that’s not a good feeling. Stick to your personal appointments.
- Put downtime on your schedule. If you’re schedule from dawn to dusk, not only are you lacking the flexibility that being a small business owner requires, you’re not leaving yourself any time for what really matters in life—your relationships. Schedule yourself some time off regularly. If it’s on the schedule you’ll have to take it.
- Exercise – You’ve probably heard it a million times, and it may seem like one more extra thing to add to your list, but exercising is a great way to achieve better health, which leads to more balance. As you exercise, you will start to sleep better, have more energy, and be able to think more clearly. When you feel better, it’s a lot easier to balance all of the responsibilities of life.
You can find lots of other ways to create a more balanced life in this article on WebMD. And, for more small business tips, check back on our Shield Funding business blog weekly.