As a small business owner, you may focus more on your work and give less importance to your personal life. But is that the best approach for your business? It could lead to low productivity, high stress and having to do more in a shorter time frame. According to a study by Arcadis, major Indian metros such as Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi rank low when it comes to measuring work-life balance. While technology has been a boon in many senses, when it comes to disconnecting or switching off, being constantly updated with work eats into your personal time and creates a friction in your home life. This leads you to being always on the job and losing out on time with your family in the process. The following are five steps that will show you how to switch off from work:
1. Create boundaries: Ensure that you create a balance between your work and personal life by reviewing time consuming problems that plague your day. By doing this you can figure out what task or client takes up the most time. Ensure that your clients respect your personal and work boundaries, it’s an act of walking a tight rope but it’s something you need to do. This will help you become more productive during the hours that you set for work and develop a healthy routine and time for your family life.
2. Develop a tasks list: By understanding your work priorities, you can focus on most important tasks at hand. You must identify the top five priorities of your small business and then work towards completing them. Make sure you communicate your tasks and delegate responsibilities in an effective manner. This will help you complete tasks within a specific time with the desired result. This will also ensure that you concentrate on the tasks that are of key importance and that need to be undertaken by you as the business owner.
3. Meditate and exercise: Don’t let the stress of family and work overpower you. By visiting the gym or taking a walk, you create time for yourself and this helps reduce conflicts at work and at the home. Find time to meditate and relieve stress by spending a few minutes in silence. This will help you reflect on your life, enable you to commit to your work and give you enough time for your personal life.
4. Don’t take work home: Complete all your tasks at work and reduce your communication via email, phone and instant messaging to a bare minimum after office hours. Use technology to your advantage by keeping track of work progress. Do not let work or technology take over your life as this will eat into your personal space.
5. Trust your work: At times, you may look back on work and find fault in your work- this can keep you up at night. This makes you feel that your work is not upto the mark and leads to repeatedly working on the same task until you find that it is perfect. By doing so, you are causing undue stress to yourself and this affects your work delivery and timelines. Also, you must learn to say no when your clients are too demanding and expect you to be available 24/7. When you trust your work, you will find it easier to switch off.
You must learn to create the right work life balance by creating a priority list. This will help you to keep ahead of the schedule and allow you to have enough breathing space to switch off from work and relax. In time, you can spend more time with your family and friends and this will help you value your time at work and help you deliver within the stipulated work hours. By creating time to socialise and switch off from work, you may find new opportunities to network and find new avenues to grow your business.