Fri 14 Nov 2008
Finding That Elusive Work-Life Balance
Small business owners who find success do so because they are willing to work hard and do whatever it takes to make it. This type of work ethic is wonderful, but it's also important to find balance in your life.
Working 18-hour days is sometimes just part of the deal when you're struggling to get a new business off the ground.
But to keep up that kind of pace continually over any length of time is not a good idea as relationships with family and friends - as well as your health - can suffer.
Make a Schedule
Instead, try setting working hours and stick to them whenever possible. Of course, as a business owner there will be times - a lot of times in fact - when you'll need to work outside of those set hours, but at least you'll have some sort of guidelines.
Even on the days when you know you'll be pulling an all-nighter, you still have to eat. Why not just step away from the grind and go home for dinner with the family or meet them at a restaurant for a quick bite.
Doing that will not only remind your family that you still love spending time with them, but it will also help you step away from the task at hand and return with a fresh set of eyes.
Take a Break
Not taking vacation is another mistake that many small business owners make. Naturally it is important to be 100% dedicated during the start-up process, but you can still try to get away, even if only for a weekend.
With the technology that is available today, you can keep in touch with the office from most any location in the world. If your type of business demands that you be present, then consider using the holidays as a time to close up shop and head out of town for a few days with your loved ones.
Be dedicated to the success of your small business - but work hard to be sure that you're not consumed by it.