Leadership

Are you maintaining a true work-life balance?

We all get used to the daily grind, but remember to pause every once in a while, and set boundaries as needed.

Published: September 25, 2019

Nearly one-third of small and mid-sized business owners left their corporate jobs in search of a better work-life balance.1

However, as businesses grow and mature, remembering to maintain the right work-life balance can be a challenge. For example, 91 percent of business owners work on weekends and 69 percent admitted to checking email or taking business calls during their free time.

At this point, your business is likely humming along, and you’ve gotten used to your busy daily schedule. Revisit your routine with these six tips in mind to re-establish boundaries and maintain a healthy work-life balance.

1. Work smarter with technology

Automating certain business processes, like payroll, may help free up time for other tasks that need your attention and keep your personal time from getting absorbed by business responsibilities.

2. Prioritize daily

As a business owner, you may be responsible for making most or all major business decisions. Work on prioritizing issues based on importance on a daily basis. Determine which tasks are critical and timely for that day and which tasks are less urgent.

3. Remember your role

As a leader, your role is to move the business forward and limit hang-ups in your day-to-day. Sharing responsibilities frees up your time to focus on the big picture, seek new opportunities or experiment with new products or processes — while also preparing your employees. Hire people you trust and delegate control where you can, but also make it a point to delegate time-consuming tasks like bookkeeping, website design, social media, and customer support.

4. Set boundaries

Set realistic boundaries on your time, space, and access, and communicate these boundaries to your team and clients. Look into setting up “do not disturb” on your phone for certain hours of the day and blocking off your calendar with “out of the office” settings to decline invites to meetings and calls. It’s important to maintain these boundaries as much as possible. It may help to ask a family member, friend, or mentor to keep you accountable.

5. Disconnect when you can

Taking time to unplug might give you a new perspective on your business and any issues you’re currently facing. Try using weekends and evenings to relax and recharge so that when you return, you may feel more rested and ready to tackle new challenges that may arise. Further, be sure to take vacation time to get some distance from the day-to-day operations of your business. Taking vacation time during your business’s “off season” may help reduce stress for yourself and your team.

6. Remember your motivation

Share your passion, stories, wins, and losses with the people close to you. During times of stress, lean on your loved ones for encouragement. Having a strong support system may help you lead a fuller life outside of running a successful business.

Once you’ve discovered what helps you stay balanced, work with your team to help them maintain a healthy work-life balance as well. Promoting work-life balance throughout a company may boost morale and help your entire staff avoid burnout.

Taking steps to maintain your work-life balance may benefit your health, your business, and your team. Explore other key tips for business success.


1https://www.marketingprofs.com/charts/2019/40389/the-work-life-balance-of-smb-owners

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