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February 26, 2018

How to achieve a good work-life balance

As a business owner, you’re probably all too familiar with the stress that comes along with running a business. Sometimes you end up working at ungodly hours or even on Sundays in order to please a client or to make sure that your monthly goal is met.

 

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But while these are seemingly financially rewarding, they may take a toll on more important things—your personal life and your health. Having a good work-life balance is not just something to think about, it should be acted upon. It will not only decrease your stress levels and strengthen relationships with your loved ones but will also help strengthen your business.

Efficiency is the Key to Better Productivity
Efficiency basically means that you get the job done effectively and in less time as possible. It’s not spending hours and hours trying to do a lot of tasks and only managing to complete just a handful. Smart time management and organisation in your work can help you be efficient. Try starting your day by listing down your tasks, and concentrating on one task at a time. Mark those that need to be finished ASAP then give each task a time limit. Try to also cut down irrelevant and time consuming tasks such as checking your mail every 5 minutes or so.

Being efficient can help you be more productive and being more productive means you have more time to spare to do what you love.

Coffee, Sleep and Working at Home
A good cup of coffee in the morning can help you be energised and be ready to face the day. It would also help to get a good night’s rest so try to lessen bringing your work home. Better yet, just don’t bring your work home. Even if the idea of doing your work outside of office hours to finish them faster is tempting, it’s not good in reality.

It may seem to increase your productivity but the outcome may be the opposite. You can get the work done for the first few days or weeks but as it goes on you feel more exhausted and more stressed. As the Queensland Government describes it, stress in small quantities can help against the pressure at times but too much of it will definitely take its toll on your mind and body.

 

out-of-officeImage via Thinkstock

 

You’re not a superhero
Even as an intelligent businessman or businesswoman, you’re not Superman or Wonder Woman. You can’t do everything. So try learning to delegate your tasks to other team members. Even out the load and lessen the hassle of unnecessary overtimes. Better yet, let an outsourced team handle some of the workload. There are a lot of benefits of outsourcing that you can utilise for your business. Outsourcing can help you and your team focus on what you need to do.

By focusing on more important business strategies and processes, your business can progress and be more competitive in the market. Not to mention this also gives you more chances of getting your personal time back and spending it with the people who matter most.

So don’t always be a busy bee. Learn to just sit back and relax more often than not. A good work-life balance what you really need and what you definitely deserve.

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