My days and weeks have been rolling into each other lately. I have decided to call myself to order because as a self-employed consultant no one else will. If you are an employee when your output dips, your line manager will be there to remind you of your responsibilities – you might even be recommended for some time off work. But as a solopreneur, you need to find your own balance.
Balance to me means being able to function at work and outside of work. If you are starting out in business, it is quite easy to obscure the lines between the two. A conscious effort is required on our part to make sure we do what is required to function well in all areas of our lives.
The following tips should help you a good work life balance:
- Take some time to evaluate your life. Do you feel you pay attention to one part of your life than others? If your answer is yes, then your life is out of balance.
- Think of what you can do to change your unbalanced lifestyle
- Review how you spend your time on a daily basis.
- Delegate some of your business tasks if you can afford to do so.
- Plan to take time off at least every three months. These days off do not have to be of equal length of time; you could take a weekend off during one-quarter in the year and a fortnight during another quarter.
- Prioritize your time, make sure you do the things that will benefit and grow your business.
- Rid your life of unimportant and unnecessary tasks. As written above, if you can afford to delegate do so.
- Plan some time off. Create a list of the things you love to do, add them to your to-do-list and do them.
- Learn to say no, if it means bending backwards to offset other plans.
I hope this helps you find the right balance between your work, home commitment and social activities. Each plays an important part in making you the success you are meant to be.
The good book says “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven”. Find time for passion and pleasure.
I wish you good success,