Balancing life and work

There’s no magic solution to this age old problem, until now...

Striking a healthy work-life balance can be a challenge no matter what you do for work, but it can be extra tough when you’re your own boss. A small business can quickly become all-consuming, and while it’s not always easy to relax and leave work alone for a while, it’s often the best thing you can do. Here’s a few tips to help keep your work-life balance balanced.

Value your ‘me time’

Treat family and personal needs with as much respect as work. If that means formally scheduling time at the spa or with your family, do it. Take time to recharge – it’ll make you more productive.

Schedule tasks

Being an entrepreneur often means long hours and the flexibility to deal with crises when they arise, but that doesn’t mean working 24/7. Analyze a task, determine how long it will take and schedule the time to get it done. A little pressure can eliminate procrastination and help the job get done quickly.

Turn off the gadgets

If your laptop and cellphone are leading you to around-the-clock work, it’s probably time to disconnect. Once you’ve established your work schedule, protect your personal time by cutting that electronic leash. For a better night’s rest, keep the screens off before bedtime.

Get more exercise

Study after study shows that aerobic exercise is good for most of what ails us. A midday trip to the gym, or a yoga class will help you fight fatigue and increase mental alertness, which will save you time. You’ll work smarter, instead of longer.

Focus on solutions

When a crisis hits, it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of what went wrong. Take control by asking yourself, “What do I want to achieve?” Then work directly to your goal.

Remember what mom said

All those sensible rules she made still apply. Schedule adequate sleep. Eat balanced meals (not at your desk). Take regular breaks. Ask for help when you need it. And most importantly, learn how to say “No”.