Being an entrepreneur or CEO of a startup can be a full-time responsibility. It takes up almost every waking hour of your day and sometimes you need to work even after that. It can become difficult to make time for other things and it is very easy to fall into the trap of getting lost in the business. We’re not implying that you shouldn’t pay attention to your company, what we are saying is that you should make time for other things, where possible.
In this article, we will provide you with 4 essential tips on how you can start maintaining a work-life balance easily, by working smarter and not harder. Let’s get started.
1. Know where to draw the line
Remember, if you have a family, or even if you don’t, you should know when it is time for work and when is it time for anything else. If you are constantly worrying about the company when you are out with friends or supposed to spend quality time with the kids, you will never truly lead a normal life where you can relax and take a breath every now and then. Switch off your phone or tablet when you are supposed to spend some time with your family or friends and be in the moment.
2. Work with a Roster
If you keep a calendar of everything you have to do, at home or the office, you should be able to manage your time just a little bit better and breathe a bit easier too. Prioritize important meetings, events, or tasks, and get them done on time. If you stick to a schedule, you should be able to work through everything and still have time to spare.
3. Pass the Buck
Not in the sense of putting blame on someone else, but rather in the sense of handing over theresponsibilityfor certain tasks. If you are a control freak and you want to be on top of things 24/7, that won’t work and you will never be able to catch a break or rest a bit. If you have a loyal right-hand man (or woman) you can trust, give certain tasks to them, which will free up some time for you and allow you to focus on more important projects.
4. Take a Time-Out
In order for you to remain sane, you are going to have to make time for yourself. Not for family, not for friends, but for you. If you like reading, make time to read, if you like hiking, go hiking once a week, if you like sports and exercise, take some time and do it. If you don’t allow yourself some time to do other things that you love, you will put yourself at risk of burn-out.
Remember, in order for you to have a good work-life balance, you need to make an effort to make it a reality, it will not happen naturally. By implementing certain changes and tactics, you will be able to have a healthier, more balanced lifestyle while running a successful startup. For some more entrepreneurial inspiration, read this insightful article.