It's always hard to find the right balance, especially if you run a small to medium sized business.
The demands of your workplace and how you need to run it can consume every waking hour. There's an avalanche of emails to answer, tasks to delegate and customers and clients to help. The business stops if these vitals aren't performed and addressed daily. It can get really hard. And stressful. And tiring.
Before you know it you're feeling alone, misunderstood and like a bit of a workhorse. Will it ever end?
Given this is a place most business owners arrive at on occasions, how do you keep up with other areas of your life? Sometimes in the rush and stress to make sure your business is ok, you can lose sight of other important elements of a rich life.
The Solutions are in front of us
Funnily enough, it's at this point than many business owners find their personal situations and family life out of kilter. While they're running around earning the living and usually doing a darn good job at it, they may also be forgetting other areas that can suffer. Every bit of energy goes into the business and sometimes there's nothing left to give.
But are the solutions to this problem really hard and difficult? They don't have to be. Sometimes all it takes is a simple 15 minutes with a friend,family member or partner to find the balance again. It doesn't have to be a great big disaster, and a few tweaks so you're getting out for that coffee with a mate or that walk with a few others might go a long way to de-stress.
These simple solutions are often right in front of us:
- Ask your friends for a weekly breakfast before work
- Take a 10 minute walk (if you can't make an hour at the gym.)
- Put the laptop away...here and there
- Get out of the house after dinner. An evening walk clears the cobwebs.
- Leave the mobile and laptop out of the bedroom. Studies show these can disrupt surface sleep,REM sleep, relaxation and intimacy.
- How long since you've asked your partner out for a coffee or a romantic date? It doesn't have to be a 5 star restaurant. It could be a 30 minute coffee invite just to have some time together away from the kids and the staff.
- Take the kids down to the park for a quick run around for 5 minutes. (it doesn't have to be an hour.)
- Don't encourage customers to ring you at all hours of the day and night. Have some 'customer free" time each weekend