In order to make your work meaningful, you need to have strong personal reasons for this. Regardless if it’s merely an existential thing, a need for validation or self-accomplishment, a financial decision or the need to improve your lifestyle, this reasons often comes from your private life and personal values. Therefore, it would be absurd for you to sacrifice too much of your private life in order to achieve it.
This is why you need to figure out a way to maintain a healthy work-life balance while running your own startup. Here are 10 tips that could help you out here.
1. Delegate some of your tasks onto someone else
The sooner you realize that you don’t have to do it all on your own, the better. You see, as an entrepreneur, you’ll have so much to deal with on a daily basis and it’s not only the volume of work that you’re facing that’s the problem. Sometimes the diversity of tasks is a good thing (it makes your work less boring).
However, there are some instances in which shifting from task to task is quite difficult. It might even increase the number of mistakes that you’re making and it definitely increases the amount of stress that you’re under. Therefore, delegating tasks onto someone else might be the best course of action.
2. Pick something that you’re passionate about (something profitable)
A passion for what you do can make you feel like it’s all worth it, no matter how much effort you’ve invested in it. However, for how long are you going to stand fond of an industry that’s losing you money and destroying your social life? In order for this system to work in the long run, you need to be 100 percent sure that it’s worth it (by your own personal standards).
3. Make sure that what you’re doing matters
As long as you believe that your business is on the right track, no amount of effort will feel too exhausting. Still, sometimes, in order to achieve this status, you need to ensure that you’re constantly improving your business. If it appears that you’re stagnating, you’ll probably feel like you’re not doing enough, which will make you try extra hard in a scenario where you’re already giving too much. Needless to say, this can take a heavy toll on your personal life.
4. Don’t push yourself too hard
The next thing you need to consider is the question of whether you’re pushing yourself too hard. The funny thing about being your own boss is the fact that, for most of the time, you’ll be pushing yourself a lot harder than even the cruelest of bosses would. Keep in mind that, if you’re constantly exhausted, sick or injured you might start hating what you do. From this point, there’s not a lot you can do to stay in the business.
5. Surround yourself with the right team
Here, we’re not just talking about people who are efficient and productive buy also positive to be around. Let’s face it, you’ll spend most of your waking hours each day with these people, so make sure that they’re the people that you want to spend time with.
Also, you need to learn how to recognize emotional vampires and stay away from these people if possible. These people can make 10 minutes at work feel like hours.
6. Outsource to specialists when necessary
Trying to master a field that you haven’t previously had any experience in, is not just futile but also a massive waste of time, effort and resources. It is, therefore, much more efficient to just outsource to a specialist. For instance, if you needed some expertise in the field of work injury law, it would be much easier to find a reputable work injury lawyer than to try and handle this issue on your own.
Same goes for other fields like IT security, digital marketing, human resources and customer support. Each time you outsource, you get more time to focus on those tasks that represent the key to the success of your business, thus increasing your chances by quite the margin.
7. Get a time-management app
Even though you know your priorities, you might be unaware of activities that are silently siphoning your time. With the help of a time-management app, you’ll be able to see exactly how much time you spend on which activity. You might be surprised to learn that some of the most meaningless tasks tend to siphon hours of your time each day.
8. Quality of free time is what really matters
Some people have an abundance of free time, yet, never use it right. Just because your free time comes down to a couple of hours before you go to bed in the evening, this doesn’t mean that it doesn’t matter how you spend it. Spend quality time with your family, ring up some friends or spend an hour doing things lo like the most.
9. Set aside some time for people you care about
Neglecting people you care about is never a smart choice. First of all, your business may fail or it may succeed, yet, these people are there for life (if you treat them right). In some scenarios, they’re the primary reason why you’re working so hard.
Therefore, losing them to achieve this success would be paradoxical and definitely not worth it. There’s no excuse and you can always find some time in your schedule for your family and friends, regardless of how tightly it is packed nowadays.
10. Try to leave work at the office
A lot of entrepreneurs know just how impossible this concept is, yet, there’s nothing wrong in giving it your best to wrap up your work for the day before you head home. This is not just good for your family life but also for your own mental health.
Therefore, try to leave work at the office (even if it’s a home-office). If this means staying an hour or two longer, then so be it.
The very last thing for you to understand is the fact that an ideal work-life balance is different for everyone. Therefore, instead of trying to copy someone else’s recipe, try to develop a model of your own, in order to ensure that it suits your own needs.
Alexander Hunkin is an Australian based startup advisor with in-depth experience in growing business. His meaningful and strategic advices have helped in setting and growing many startup companies in Brisbane and Perth. Alexander is also a content creator for different niches. The top ones are business, career, finance and marketing. He aspires to share his experiences and is always on the lookout for the next opportunity to enhance his skills. When he isn’t busy working, you can find him cooking exotic meals, scuba diving and cycling.