Are You an Exhausted Entrepreneur? Five Ways to Get the Balance Back
We understand that it’s not easy to run your own business. It can be stressful, and in the busiest times, when you’re bogged down with day-to-day work, you might not notice that you’re missing out on other parts of life. A good work / life balance is vital to help reduce stress and minimise chances of burnout. We take a look at five ways we can help you to get the balance back.
It’s important to set time aside for breaks throughout the day in order to reduce stress and improve concentration. Even a two-minute break to make a cuppa can help you switch off and rejuvenate.
Learn to say no
Saying no is not as easy as it sounds for dedicated professionals, but it can prove to be a valuable life skill. Prioritising what’s most important is key to planning your workday. Make a list in order of importance and if your workload is already full, learn to say no or reschedule other, less impactful requests.
Ask for help
No one is expected to do everything. Whilst most high-achieving professionals may feel obligated to do it all themselves, rather than bothering anyone else, this is not something that can be kept up long term. Asking for help may even be an opportunity for someone else to step up and learn a new skill – it’s also a good way to help them feel included.
Schedule family time
Organising quality time with loved ones can prove challenging, especially in a household with more than one working professional and kids with busy social calendars. Blocking out some time that is devoted entirely to family will need all members to be on the same page and make this time a priority. Fun times with family and friends are a great stress reliever.
Set boundaries with colleagues and customers
Try to stick to your working hours where possible and more importantly make sure your colleagues and customers are aware of your working hours, so they know when to expect a response. A good idea is to set a disclaimer on your emails outlining your working hours or setting an auto response at the end of the day so that anyone emailing you will know when you are likely to answer their query.
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