A new year is always a great time for making positive changes.
As a business owner, you may have already set some company goals for 2023. You might also have set some personal ones.
If you haven’t created any for yourself, one of the best resolutions we recommend you make this year is to focus on achieving that work-life balance we all talk about so often but rarely realise.
While intentions are all well and good, making and sustaining change isn’t always easy. How often have you cancelled personal plans to deal with something at work? We’ve all done it; business always seems to come first.
“If I don’t do it now, I’ll let a client or employee down or fall behind.”
This is the type of thinking we all fall into. But the world won’t stop turning, and neither will the cogs of your business, just because you took a few hours out and chose your personal life over work for a change.
In fact, giving time to your personal life and looking after ‘you’ is important not only for your relationships and your mental and physical wellbeing. Ultimately, it will make you perform better as a business owner.
We know that too much work isn’t good for us.
Not only can it lead to stress and exhaustion, but it can ultimately lead to burnout, feelings of detachment from work, cynicism, and reduced efficiency.
It can also lead to problems in your personal relationships, with friends and family feeling neglected and resentful that they’re not your priority.
Adding more ‘life’ into your work days will reduce these negative effects and ultimately make you a happier and more present and productive business owner and employer. Justification for you workaholics!
The first step to achieving work/balance is to think about what would enhance your life right now.
What are you currently not doing that you would like to be doing? What interests and activities would you like to try or expand on? What really makes you happy beyond work?
Examples might include:
There’s a famous quote that asks, “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” If your answer is a long time ago, prioritise changing this by challenging yourself to try something new once a month or quarter.
Once you’ve decided what will enhance your life beyond work – how you’ll spend those reclaimed hours – the next step is making it happen. The key to success is good boundaries setting, forward planning and making yourself accountable. Accountability isn’t just for employees.
Here are some examples of what you can do:
While it’s great to be passionate about your business, life isn’t all about money.
All work and no play can leave us feeling depleted, uninspired and with insufficient time or energy to give back to those around us – or put into our business. So set those work-life goals, stick to them and reap the rewards. And encourage your employees to do the same.
If you’re ready to achieve a work-life balance this year, we can offer personalised business
advice to help you take back your time. Get in touch.