No one ever said that being a #BossGirl was going to be easy. In fact, being an entrepreneur is a full time job. That’s why a lot of people have issues balancing their personal and professional life. It can be a real challenge finding the middle ground. You want to ensure that you’re business is getting the full attention it needs so it can grow and become successful. But at the same time, you want to enjoy your personal time. Maybe you have a family, or you’re in a relationship, regardless of your status, it’s important to not overdo it. Having a personal life is essential. It’s not only crucial for your peace of mind, but it’s also good for your business. If you’re living your personal life to it’s fullest, than your mind is at ease and you don’t have to worry about draining yourself mentally.
Although not a lot of people talk about it, entrepreneurs often do face burnouts as a result of working too hard and not taking breaks when they need to. Therefore, their business suffers and in some occasions, it can also be the end of their business. That’s why it’s important to find that balance between your personal and professional life. It’s often easier said than done, which is why we’ve put together a list of tips to help you into finding that perfect balance between your personal and professional life.
Make a schedule and stick to it!
Like any true #BossGirl, you probably have an agenda. Whether it’s the good old fashioned day planner you carry with you everywhere or an app on your smart phone like the new generation, you have an agenda where you schedule your day. Along with the meetings you have planned in there, it’s also important to schedule yourself some “me” time. Whether it’s a 10 minute break in between calls or a full lunch hour to go out and forget about business, it’s important to schedule it. Those few minutes you give yourself throughout the day will be a life changer! This gives you time to relax, read a book, check your social media to see what your friends are up to or make a quick phone call to someone special to catch up. You will instantly feel better. Afterwards, you can go back to work feeling refreshed and relaxed.
Have fixed work hours
Obviously there are times where having fixed hours are not always a possibility. But in the event that it’s possible, make it happen. Make it clear to your clients that these are your business hours. If they know from the beginning that you have set business hours, than they will make sure to reach you during those hours. This will create a routine for you so it’s easier if you need to plan things in your personal life.
Don’t take your work home with you
This is the number one mistake that entrepreneurs do and that causes them problems in the long run. Like the previous point mentioned to give yourself set work hours, it’s important to stick to it. If you start answering e-mails and calls when your work day has ended, not only will it become a habit for you, but your clients will think that they can reach during “out of office hours”. So you’re technically bringing your work home with you. Unless there’s a business emergency, leave it for the next day when you’re at the office. Enjoy your at home time with your family. They won’t feel neglected and those precious hours where you’re at home will feel great.
Give yourself days off during the week
Whether it’s one day or two days depending on your business, give yourself some days off. This is crucial and most entrepreneurs have a hard time doing it. It’s important to give yourself at least one full day during the week where you don’t do any work at all. We get it. Running a business is a full time job. Especially at the beginning when you want to grow. But your business will not succeed if you’re physically and emotionally drained. Although you may not think you need it, you actually do. If you can’t afford to take days off because you’re a one person show, than start thinking about hiring some help or outsourcing some of your tasks. You’ll be surprised by the number of people who will reach out and offer their help if you just ask.
Set clear boundaries from the beginning
It’s important to know what your limits are from the very beginning. When you’re starting a business, you know that this will affect your life one way or another. Therefore, it’s essential to set your boundaries from the very early stages of going into business. For example, will you be doing this on a full time or