If you’re an entrepreneur, then chances are that you live and breathe your business. You most likely work on your business all day, everyday, which can make it difficult to stop working on it or even thinking about it at the end of the day. But, if you get too carried away with things, your business can easily overtake your personal life. This can be rough not only on your health, but on those you love.
Meg Cadoux Hirshberg says it best, “Slide into bed with an entrepreneur, and you wind up cuddling with his business”. It may be tempting to work on your business ventures all day and night, but it’s equally important for you to put the same amount of effort into your relationships that you put into your work. So how do you prevent your business from taking over your personal life? Here’s a few tips to help you out!
FREE UP YOUR TIME
Starting a business is going to take up a large chunk of your time. If you are able to delegate and automate more tasks at home and work, then you’ll be able to spend more time working on your relationships. Consider hiring someone to take care of the housecleaning or the yard work. This will give you and your spouse the ability to spend more time together, as you won’t have to worry about the housework. Additionally, hiring a virtual assistant can help free up time in your business. They’ll be able to take care of the time-consuming tasks such as administrative work, allowing you more time to work on other aspects of your business. Essentially, the more you are able to assign out the mundane work to others, the more time you’ll be able to save for your personal life.
KNOW WHEN TO TAKE A BREAK
This can be so hard for entrepreneurs to do, as it is tempting to work 24/7, but unplugging from work is vital to your sanity (and your relationships). Take time for yourself every day, even if this requires you to set a time limit for your work.
It’s recommended that you don’t work more than 8 hours a day, or 40 hours a week. Once you reach this 40 hour limit, you’ll find that the quality of your work and your ability to make decisions will start to go down-hill. Instead of pushing yourself even more, take a break and unplug after you reach 40 hours. Put away your phone and your laptop, and spend some quality time with your friends and family, or even pursue a hobby. It’s also not a bad thing to take a vacation every once in a while, especially if you’re in need of some rest and relaxation.
It’s all too easy to stay connected to work all the time in this modern age, but that’s not always a good thing when it comes to your personal life.
TALK ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE
We all know how much you love your business, at least your significant other certainly does by now. But, that doesn’t mean they want to hear about your business ventures all of the time. Instead, try to focus on your partner and their interests or find a passion that you both enjoy talking about. Doing this will allow you both to clear your minds, and it will bring you closer together as a couple.
Entrepreneurship is a dream many people want to pursue, yet most people don’t realize the difficulty and necessity of achieving a healthy work-life balance. Starting a small business is demanding, there’s no other way to put it. But as long as you follow these tips, and you make room for your loved ones in your life, you’ll be able to achieve the balance that your life needs.