There are many reasons for an entrepreneur to feel burned out – stress, overworking, business setbacks, lack of sleep, constant traveling, just to name a few. Many entrepreneurs, however, feel burned out even if they are doing exactly what they are passionate about and everything is going in the right direction. Why?
The lack of work-life balance can cause emotional distress to many business owners, who believe that if they really want to succeed they need to devote all of their time to the business and forget about their personal lives. This way of thinking can be very damaging for the well-being of the entrepreneurs.
Of course, it is important to be aware 24/7 about what is happening with your business. Of course, you need to put in the long work hours? Of course, you will need to sacrifice a lot of your personal time for business meetings and travels to meet with investors and partners.
Even if your work is your hobby and you absolutely adore what you do, it is important that you maintain a healthy personal lifestyle that happens outside the office.
There are ways to achieve work-life balance without feeling like you are neglecting your business. Here are five tips that will help you do that:
Accept that you need work-life balance
Be fully aware of the fact that having some time off your startup is essential. Accept the fact that achieving work-life balance will help you recharge, to be more relaxed, to take better decisions, basically will help you increase your productivity and your overall well-being. Don’t be ashamed of seeking the balance.
Schedule “me” time
If you find it difficult to let go of your to-do list and obsess over the tasks you need to do, make setting some time for yourself a part of your schedule. Put in the calendar activity that you need and want to do for yourself – something that you enjoy doing but rarely find time to do. From reading a book though taking a walk at the park or enjoying a healthy meal to taking a short trip – it can be anything that makes you happy and doesn’t include your business.
Schedule time for family and friends
Having strong support group is essential for entrepreneurs. But many startup founders neglect their personal relationships by making the excuse that they are always busy. It is important to stay in good touch with your friends and family and to spend enough time with your life partner.
If it is necessary, include in your schedule a meeting for lunch with a close friend or a romantic getaway with your spouse. Take the time off to strengthen your connection with them and you will feel more understood and supported.
Learn to delegate
Most entrepreneurs need to feel always in control. They need to feel that every little detail of the business is going perfectly. This can be frustrating. Give yourself a break. Learn to delegate tasks to your employees. Trust your team and their ability to handle important tasks on their own. Micromanaging is one of the worst enemies of work-life balance. Avoid falling into its trap.
Create your own rules
As a business owner, you have the ability to create your own rules when it comes to running your business. Establish the boundaries you feel comfortable with and stick to them. Be clear on what you expect from yourself and how you are going to meet your expectations without having to pay a high price on a personal level.