After starting your own business you may have faced an unexpected additional pressure that didn’t exist in the same way when you were employed. As you start to comprehend the scale and breadth of the tasks involved in realising your goals, this pressure can become overwhelming at times.
You may be wondering how you’re going to get everything done? How to progress? It can feel like you’re getting nowhere fast and often this results in working longer hours. You’re left with no time to relax in the evenings or at weekends. Furthermore, technology has enabled a permanently connected state. It’s more difficult to ‘leave work’ and consequently you frequently feel that you need to justify any downtime.
It’s an exhausting and unsustainable way of life. Achieving a balance between work and the rest of your life becomes increasingly difficult. That, of course, has negative knock-on effects to your business. You cannot operate at your best, cannot serve your customers properly, and will likely lose profit. You are unable to create the business that you’ve always dreamed of. But what can you do to improve your work/life balance in this situation?
How you approach your business and more importantly, how you approach your downtime, can have a huge impact on your work/life balance and ultimately your business. But what does your dream work/life balance look like? It might be organising work around your family, allowing time for a hobby, or creating the freedom to live abroad. Know what you want your work/life balance to look like on a daily basis.
There will always be a great deal to do, and you have three choices on each task – forget it, do it, or delegate it!
If you chose to carry out the task it’s worthwhile exploring ways to work smarter and save time. Are you working efficiently? Improve your processes and make better use of online systems. This can free up a large amount of time at a very low cost.
Outsourcing as much as possible is a great way to gain momentum in your business by freeing yourself from the tasks that slow your progress.
Your Virtual Assistant can take responsibility for tasks or entire roles within your business. These can include administration, customer service, content marketing, social media management, website development and project management to name a few. This will give you time to focus on your core business tasks, especially those within your specific expertise that create revenue. Subsequently increasing your potential profit whilst improving the overall operational capacity of your business too.
Here are a few mindset tips to help you make time for ‘life’…
Set boundaries with everyone – your family, your business partners, customers and suppliers. Try to manage their expectations, communicate your work hours and stick to it wherever possible – don’t reply after hours!
Be kind to yourself – don’t beat yourself up, try and reduce the negative self-talk, take a breath and chill… you are where you are!
Put time aside to take care of yourself – put down digital and go running, relax in the bath, do something creative – try and do something that shifts your focus away from work.
Work smarter, because following the mindset tips and delegating the support tasks in your business to an expert VA will help you free up an incredible amount of time each week. This will allow you to either increase your earning potential or spend more time having fun – or perhaps a combination of the two!