How to Not Let Your Business Take Over Your Life

As an entrepreneur, you get to be your own boss.

Unfortunately, it can also mean that we don’t always know when to shut off being an entrepreneur and just enjoy our lives.

And I get it. It can be hard to unplug. Even when we do turn off the computer. With all the apps and tools available on our phones, it’s so easy to continue working long after the work day should be over.

But not having a healthy work/life balance? It’s adding to your stress. It can take its toll on your health, your relationships, your well-being.

While the amount of hours you should be working versus how many you should be just chilling and focusing on you will vary from person to person, let’s look at some tips that will help everyone get a little more balance and not let your business completely take over your life.

How to Achieve a Better Work/Life Balance

#1 Set office hours

I know, being an entrepreneur means you DON’T have to abide by hours. I want my freedom to choose when I work dammit! But with your office literally steps away, it can be hard to turn off work mode and switch into relax mode. Setting strict office hours for yourself can help you know when to turn off the entrepreneur mode.

Setting hours has another benefit than just giving you your social life back. It allows you to set boundaries with clients.  Once you start responding to emails throughout the night, it may become expected to respond around the clock. Set hours and let your clients know what they are. Sure, they can email you late at night, but you won’t be responding until you open in the morning.

#2 Plan your week

Want to make things easier for yourself? Take an hour each weekend to plan out your work week. List out your most important tasks. The things that AB-solutely need to get done that week. These are your high-priority tasks. You can list secondary tasks that would be great to get done … if the high-priority ones are finished. Also, list any appointments you have that you must make it to.

Alternatively, you can group like tasks together and knock them out on the same day.  For example, reserve one day to write content and another for cold calling. When you’re in the zone, it’s good to stick with it instead of breaking your concentration and trying to get it back on another day. Pick a time you’re most productive, and schedule your take during that time.

#3 Plan time for you

When you have a business and a family, YOU time can easily get lost. But taking some time for just yourself is important. It can keep you sane. So you don’t go insane. And want to throat punch someone. Maybe that’s just me.

Throat punching aside, that’s not the only reason you need to schedule down time. When your mind gets a break, it helps you work at your best. Sounds counterproductive but NOT thinking about work will free up the noise in your head so you can work even better. This is exactly why you get the best blog post ideas when you’re in the shower or when you’re right about to go to sleep.

It’s best to plan YOU time. Literally put it in your schedule. You can use this time to exercise (if that’s your thing. It’s not mine … I’m working on it), read, have lunch with a friend, veg out on Netflix, whatever floats your boat.

#4 Let go of “perfect”

It can be hard not to get things just right. But let me ask you, what’s just right? What’s perfect? I can guarantee that one person’s perfect isn’t going to be the same as the next’s. Probably why there are now so many flavors of ice cream. Or vodka. Whatever you prefer.

So basically, let it go. Don’t strive to get things perfect before you move on. Good enough is great. And really … when was the last time you put something out there and DIDN’T add to it or tweak it later? Especially a program or sales page or something like that. It doesn’t have to be your idea of perfect to be ready. Pull the trigger. Put it out, and adjust if needed.

#5 Know when to stop

You don’t have to always be hustling. Que Rick Ross’s Everyday I’m Hustlin’  (lyrics definitely NSWF. Though neither am I sometimes).

But the truth is, you don’t always have to be “on” to be running a business. And I think there’s sometimes this fucked up idea that if you’re not working late nights or clicking away on the keyboard on the weekends, you’re not working hard enough. Cause entrepreneurship is hard, yo.

And it is hard. But you also have to know when to stop and take a break. It’s good for your mind, body and your spirit to rest sometimes. So like I said, schedule in some YOU time and take time to relax and refresh that amazing mind of yours. And probably the most important thing, don’t compare yourself, your business or your hours to someone else. Just do you, okay? Okay.

When you go into business for yourself, it can be hard not to let it take over completely. I mean, everything relies on you! But it’s important to keep a balance between your work and your life.

How do you maintain a good balance in your life and business? Leave a comment and share your best tip.

 

Comments

  1. WOW! That was just what I needed to hear today. I especially loved this line: “So you don’t go insane. And want to throat punch someone. Maybe that’s just me.” And here I thought that I was the only one! 😉

  2. I love these tips Corinne. The one thing I had a hard time letting go of was wanting everything to be perfect. I can’t tell you how many times I would hold off from publishing a post because I was always finding something wrong – at least in my eyes. 🙂

    You know I’m sharing this one gf! Have a great rest of the week. 🙂

    Cori
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    • Thanks Cori! I think perfectionism is a big one for many of us … we want to get things just right. But the reality is, no one cares. They don’t notice the little things we do. And even if they do, who cares! I sent out an email with a wrong wrong in the subject line on Tuesday. Oops. I wanted to kick myself for about 5 minutes, then I got over it. I someone is going to leave my list for making a mistake, so be it 🙂 I’ll be ok.

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