Juggling your personal life and your work life is difficult. It’s hard to build a successful small business while still spending time with your family and friends. That’s where a healthy work-life balance comes into play.
Work-life balance means you’re allocating time for work and other aspects of your life (like hobbies, your family, and social activities).
It’s hard to achieve a good balance, but it’s important because it can reduce stress and prevent burnout. If you prioritize a healthy work-life balance, then your employees will follow your example, and you’ll have a happier and healthier workplace.
Everyone’s ideal work-life balance will look a little different, so don’t try to spend the exact same amount of time on both aspects of your life. Instead, follow these steps to create a healthy balance:
1. Prioritize Your To-Do List
As a small business owner, your to-do list is always growing.
Instead of trying to accomplish everything, go through your list and determine which tasks are the most urgent. Are there tasks that have to be done by the end of the day? The end of the week?
By prioritizing your to-do list, you’ll be able to complete everything on it. You won’t feel overwhelmed or like you need to work nights and weekends to get everything done.
2. Plan Out Your Day
Now that you’ve prioritized your workload, you can plan out your day. Figure out how much time it will take you to complete each task and set aside time on your calendar. Finish your most urgent tasks first thing in the morning before moving on to lower priority tasks.
By planning out your day, you’ll be able to take breaks without worrying that something won’t get done, and you won’t procrastinate as much.
3. Take Regular Breaks
You can’t work eight hours straight, so schedule a few breaks throughout the day.
You can spend a few minutes in the breakroom socializingwith your employees. This can build morale and help to create your company culture.
Or, you can run errands during lunch, so you don’t have to do them on the weekend. Whatever you decide to do during your breaks, the time away from work will help you clear your head and come back to the task at hand refreshed.
4. Take Time Off
Sometimes, you need more than a few minutes to clear your head. Take some time off to recharge.
If you don’t want to take vacation time, then use the holidays to relax. Spend time pursuing your hobbies or with your friends and family.
5. Take Advantage of Technology
Use technology to make your work life easier, so you can spend more time on your personal life.
You can use tools like Trelloor Asana to keep track of due dates and upcoming tasks, while keeping everyone on your team on the same page.
And, you can use tools like Workful to automate your administrative tasks (like running payroll and approving time off requests), so you can spend more time growing your business.