When you run a business, there’s no such thing as a day off. There are always clients and vendors to deal with, employees to manage, and all kinds of miscellaneous fires to put out. So how can you keep your business from consuming your entire life?
Be clear about forming boundaries. Check out these tips from small business owners on how best to create a proper balance between work and life.
Determine Your Priorities
Sarah Sutton Fell, CEO of FlexJobs.com, recommends writing down a list of the top priorities in your personal life, such as your children’s birthdays or an annual vacation with your friends. “Going through this process will help you say ‘no’ to work when it really competes with your valued events in life,” she says.
Schedule Out All of Your Time in Advance
Day planners aren’t just for meetings: use them for scheduling blocks of personal time, too. “I spend Mondays working on my business development, Tuesday through Thursday working on client projects, and reserve Friday for personal appointments and ‘me time,’” says Allyson Piper, owner of the marketing firm Marketing In Bloom. “I communicate my schedule to my team and husband so there are no questions and they can make things work for me.”
Delegate and Outsource Tasks
You’ll have more time for family, friends, and personal hobbies if you spend less time working on lower-level tasks, so don’t be afraid to outsource. “If you are feeling overwhelmed, hire a part time assistant and start delegating your non-essential tasks to them,” says Chris Chong, president of SEO Smart Links.