When you imagine yourself as an entrepreneur, you probably imagine working hard, taking care of everything, and having that dedication pay off with the success you dream of. This is an awesome mindset. You want to picture yourself successful, and to do that, you have to understand that it takes a lot of hard work and dedication.
However, there is a caveat to this.
If you want to be a successful business owner today, tomorrow, and fifteen years in the future, then you will have to figure out how to work hard, go after your goals, and also have a life outside of your job.
Many entrepreneurs scoff at this, but let’s examine the journey of an entrepreneur.
When you first start your business, you become aware of how many people dream of starting a business but never do it. You decide that you will be one of the few who actually follows this dream, and then you discover how many businesses get started and fail. You decide you will work harder than everyone else.
It’s when you have achieved some level of success and you start to feel rundown and irritable that you may begin to realize the true challenge of entrepreneurship. Sometimes it feels like your work loses meaning, and sometimes it feels like you need to sacrifice more of your personal life in order to work harder. It can be difficult to rationalize why you feel so exhausted when your business is achieving the success you wanted.
We are human beings. Sometimes that’s inconvenient. No matter how much you love your job, you can still burn out if you don’t look at the whole picture. You need rest. You need to take care of your personal relationships. Your mind needs occasional breaks from your work.
So how do you go about maintaining work-life balance as a successful entrepreneur?
Yes, this means you should sleep. It also means you must rest your mind. Develop a habit of taking brief breaks in your day where you read a book, meditate, journal, enjoy a coloring book, or eat a snack without scrolling through your phone while you do it. These are all daily examples of getting some rest, but you also need to take vacations. You’ll be amazed how much more effective you are at your job when you come back refreshed and ready to work.
Set Work Hours
Everyone tells you to do this, but many times, you will still allow work to eat up most of your time. This is the most important thing you need to work on. Sometimes it’s unavoidable that work will follow you home, but that should be an exception, not a habit.
Whenever you feel yourself fighting this, remind yourself: even entrepreneurs need work-life balance. The most successful bosses know how to take care of themselves first.
As soon as you have the budget, hire people to do any task that isn’t essential for you to handle yourself. As a business owner, your time is valuable. There are jobs that only you can do. It’s time to hire employees or contract someone to handle other tasks as soon as you can.
We live in the future, and that means apps can take care of a lot of things for you. Simple things such as setting reminders to perform tasks at a later date and free up your mind as well as your desk space. Any application of technology that can alleviate some of your stress or responsibilities will likely be worthwhile.