The work-life balance line in entrepreneurship is so thin that makes it almost invisible. Most entrepreneurs are constantly plugged in work – always handling different business-related tasks, rarely having any time left for something non-work related. Many even feel guilty when they take time off.
Luckily, there are things that you can do after office-hours that are good for your own well-being and are helpful for the business. Here are six ideas that you can easily embrace and form habits!
Don’t have dinner alone
This doesn’t mean that you have to have a business dinner every evening of the week. Invite fellow entrepreneurs, your best friend or family member for dinner out – it is a great way to network, to have a pleasant conversation while you enjoy a tasty meal. Make your dinners pleasant – enjoy good company and avoid eating on the go.
Engage your team members in a conversation on your way out
As a busy entrepreneur, you probably spend a lot of your time out of the office attending meetings and networking events. Try to engage in a conversation with your employees every time when you are on your way out of the office. A short chat will make you feel more connected to the team and will allow your employees to share with you things that otherwise they wouldn’t have the time to share. It is a great habit that will help you bond with the team.
Finding the time to build your online network is essential. You may prefer to spend your office hours offline in order to avoid the distractions of social media. But don’t miss the chance to build meaningful relationships online and dedicate some of your out of office time to networking online.
Prepare for the next day
Take the time in the evening to prepare as much as you can for the next day. Go over your to-do list, prepare your outfit, arrange your items, do a meal prep… Basically, embrace the habit of making your morning routine more time-efficient. This will make your morning less stressful – something that can be very beneficial for overwhelmed entrepreneurs.
Take the time to evaluate the events of the day – what went well, what went wrong, what could have gone better. Focus on your performance, your conversations, your achievements. Take notes of the things that you would like to improve and use these notes the next day when you are at the office. It is a great habit that will help your personal growth.
Knowing in advance the next day’s agenda and the things that you have to do is a great way to prepare for the day. This doesn’t mean that you have to work. What actually you can do is to do some research and read on the topics. Doing some research is an effective way to learn new things, to expand your horizon and feel more prepared for the next work day. This habit will help you to become more confident and focused.