With a growing pressure to work excessive hours each day, maintaining a good work-life balance is becoming increasingly difficult for regular business owners. Many entrepreneurs exceed the number of hours deemed safe to work every week, with it having an effect on their mental and physical health.
With that in mind, what can you do to ensure that you have the perfect balance between your work and family life? Whilst everyone’s idea of this is different, we’ve compiled some tips to help you get out of the office and spend more time with the people you care about.
With mobiles, tablets and laptops all being easily accessible from home, sometimes it can be hard to switch off from work. It’s all too easy to check that notification when it pops up on your phone but just because you can access your emails whilst you’re in the bath, doesn’t mean you have to.
Make a promise to yourself that you aren’t going to check your emails before a certain time each morning and after a certain time each night. Anything that comes through to you before 7am or after 7pm isn’t likely to be resolved out of office hours anyway, so don’t stress yourself out by engaging with it.
Say No To Perfection
This is both a positive and negative trait of many entrepreneurs that often leads to too much time being spent in the office and not enough time spent with friends and family. Many successful business people pick up perfectionist habits at a young age and carry them into adulthood. Unfortunately, as you get older your responsibilities also tend to grow, making it impossible to ever reach true perfection.
If you want to ditch the work in favour of some quality time with loved ones, you have to stop looking for that perfect end product. Running your own business, you’ll be constantly evolving and adapting your products or services anyway, so don’t be afraid to take some well-deserved time off and come back to your projects later.
Get To Know Nature
Spending time exercising, meditating and going on short trips away will help you to better understand the need for rest and relaxation. Nowadays, most people don’t even stop for their lunch, so appreciating the importance of taking breaks is impossible.
Alongside topping up that all important vitamin D, spending time outdoors can clear your mind of all those work worries and force you to spend more time on yourself. So get lost in the forest with your family and take the time to just do nothing – your mind and your body will thank you for it.
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