Balancing your personal life while running a business is difficult. But being able to balance multiple aspects of your life is key to a successful business as well as produces a happier version of “you.” I’m not going to lie, this is a really hard post to write because I tend to be a workaholic so I hear the hypocrite sirens going off as I’m typing up these 12 key tips. My husband is very good at helping me balance both aspects of my life because I am definitely the type of person that needs quite a few nudges, unfortunately. If I didn’t have those nudges though I would easily let my business consume me and take over my existence because it is something I enjoy doing SO much, but if I did let my business consume me I would get burnt out quickly. Making your business your whole entire world isn’t the best approach because of the crazy amounts of stress you will put on yourself while doing so. When your life has no balance, your identity starts to lie within something else, which is no good. Don’t let your business decide your mood for the day, just smile and take everything a day at a time.
By identifying yourself outside of your business, you become happier and your business becomes happier as well. Plus you probably have fantastic friends and family that surrounds you that you need to love on! Okay so here are 12 really awesome ways to maintain this balance between your personal life and running your own business. I hope these tips help you because writing this post definitely helped me and inspired me to treat my business a little differently!
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1 | OFFICE HOURS
Having set hours also gives you the drive to work harder within the office hours you have set. You no longer work aimlessly all day long, you have a purpose oriented 8 hour day that is crazy productive. Setting office hours helps with client boundaries as well. With my clients, I do work on project after hours and e-mail them back just because I find this easier with my daily schedule. But setting boundaries for myself and telling myself “no, don’t work. Hang out with your friends” is important.
2 | AUTOMATE ASPECTS OF YOUR BUSINESS
Schedule your social media during the week to save time. If your prime time to post on social media is after your work hours then make sure to schedule these posts at that time so that it will automatically post without you having to worry about anything. When your office hours have ended your social media will still post at the perfect time so all your followers can see it without you clicking any buttons. Of course, this is only one aspect of your business that you can automate. Your social media can be easily automated but your e-mails can also. Look for little ways to get your small business tasks out of the way by scheduling them ahead of time. You will find your to-do list quite a bit shorter and find yourself with a lot of more free time. It rocks and it is easy peasy.
3 | LETTING GO OF PERFECTION
Oh, this is so hard! Making sure every detail is perfect and every portfolio item is 100% faultless is draining. Not only draining, but impossible! There is no way that you can have everything be perfect. So sit back and say 5 positive things about the work you do. And then hit the publish button or announce to the world what you have done. Because you rock and your work rocks too. Your creativity shines throughout all that you do in your business and even if it is not completely perfect to you, it is more than likely perfect to the majority of people that are going to rest their eyeballs on your masterpiece.
4 | WHAT’S DRAINING YOU?
Figure it out and stop doing this. What drains me is worrying about what others think. I see this as a weakness and work on it. It consistently drains me when I am being negative and believe that others are thinking the worst. Something else that may drain you specifically is feeling the constant need to check your e-mail, social media, or product performance. There are so many things that can drain us as business owners. So let’s just get rid of all the pointless problems we worry about because nothing should get in the way of your business!
5 | MAKE YOUR DAYS INTO LISTS
This list is not to scare you, but to drive you and keep you focused throughout the day. Crossing off this list keeps you on track and allows for break points such as yoga and eating. I try to incorporate exercise into my daily schedule, which is my incentive to get through the task list. I know that once I cross off the first five points I can go exercise which always boosts my energy and I treat myself to a long shower afterward. Then, I go conquer the latter part of my list until the next break I have planned.
6 | CREATE A BUSINESS BANK ACCOUNT
Separate your money and this helps separate both parts of your life. Not only is this better for financial and legal reasons but this gives you the opportunity to give yourself a pay check every month from your business. Having a business bank account is just a good idea and I would definitely encourage you to at least consider it if you don’t already have one set up!
7 | MAKE TIME FOR RELATIONSHIPS
Your husband and kids are important. Schedule dates or family time where no one does anything else besides catch up and have quality conversations and time together. You’re forced to focus on those you care about, how easy is that? By making time for these important relationships you are allowing your family to build you back up where your business may be discouraging you.
8 | COUCH DATES
Have a couch date with your hubby or wife. After the kids are in bed or before you get into bed, sit on the couch with your hubs and drink your favorite drink together. Catch up and talk. It’s so much fun! What an easy way to not only strengthen your marriage but get your mind off of a stressful day. There’s no worrying about clients, product performance, or anything. The only thing you have to worry about is talking to the hubs about your day and listening to his. Maybe a little kiss can be snuck in somewhere as well?
9 | EAT TOGETHER
Get your kids and husband or wife to sit around at the table and have a meal. Make a point to leave your business in the other room, don’t take your phone (that bings when a new e-mail flies into your inbox) or the sketch pad you use when an idea comes to you. Just spend some time away from work!
10 | HIRE A HELPING HAND
Hiring someone may help! I mean, you’re running a freakin’ business, it’s hard work! By hiring someone to help you out with all the daily mundane tasks of having a business you are creating more time for yourself so that you can focus on those you love as well as yourself! This may be an option that is not affordable at this moment which is totally okay! This also may be an option that makes you want to bite all of your fingernails off just by thinking of someone else having access to your business. It’s scary and would also cost money. But the good thing is, this isn’t a necessity just an option that I wanted to throw out there!
11 | CREATE DAILY ROUTINES
Creating a daily routine for your business helps with maintaining balance and structure. Once you have a set routine it makes waking up and starting your day a lot easier. There is no confusion on to what you need to get done every day. If today is a Monday and every Monday you schedule social media and write four blog posts, you know that is what you are going to be doing for the day. It also provides a way to become more efficient at each daily task you have.
12 | KNOW WHEN TO SAY NO
It’s a hard word to say sometimes, at least it is for me. Being able to say no is a skill that is pretty valuable so if you are one of those unicorns that has the power to easily say “no” when something comes your way (but doesn’t over do it obviously) then you go girl. But if you are one of those people that aren’t unicorns, like me, then join my party of people all trying to learn this crazy word called boundaries. Honestly though, not being able to say no can ruin a business quicker than anything. Don’t let the people pleasing side of you take over your business sense.
What’s something you do that helps you balance your personal life while running a business? Comment below and tell me all about it!