By Jason McClain | September 7, 2015 | 0 Comment
You might have heard it before: improving work-life balance is important. If there is one thing I have learned being a serial entrepreneur, it is that the work never ends — your companies are organisms that require constant nurturing and attention to grow. That being said, you have to make to prioritize for what you deem to be important.
To assist in your efforts to get more of a work-life balance, I wanted to provide 5 tips I have for improving your work-life balance.
Tip 1: Follow a Routine. Create a calendar or daily routine that is feasible. It is easy to go over time or forget about priorities if you don’t have them written down and are not used to carrying them out. Make sure this includes date nights, time for you to sleep, and to get to the gym so you can stay healthy.
Tip 2: Take Necessary Breaks. Make sure you take little breaks throughout the day to reflect and relax. If you are having a busy day or an “emergency” has happened at work, you might find it harder to get away from work. Just remember that breaks make you more productive. Especially, when you are in a stressful state or have a lot going on, it is good to gain some perspective and potentially come back with a solution you might not have thought of otherwise.
Tip 3: Lower Expectations. We are sometimes taught as businessmen and women to have high expectations of ourselves or set stretch goals, because we may be able to achieve more than we initially think is possible. Doing so, helps us grow and not get stuck in a comfortable mode of just maintaining. However, there is the chance our stress goals become unrealistic. You are human, not a machine, so you need to cut yourself some slack once in awhile.
Tip 4: Find a Hobby. For some, work may be the most exciting thing going on in their life. Even if you don’t have a family close by to share your time with, pick up a hobby. It doesn’t have to be extreme. Have you ever read something over and over to the point where you starting skipping over your own mistakes? Just like the idea of taking breaks, if you stay at one thing too long, you start to lose fresh ideas and begin making mistakes.
Tip 5: Lessen Unnecessary Breaks. This may seem contradictory to our tip to take breaks, but it is important to note necessary vs. unnecessary breaks. Count all the times you check Facebook while at work and that is the amount of time you can expect to stay extra to get your work done. If you want to get off early and have time for other activities, make sure you grind when it is time to do work and have fun when you are finally off — it is important to have the clear distinction between these activities.
I know it can be hard to get away from the desk. We make excuse after excuse why we need to be at home or be at the office. Really, you can do both — it is a balancing act that must be mastered though. In some cases, it can take quite a bit of time to achieve the right ratio for time spent at work vs. off work, so don’t get discouraged if you aren’t hitting it right away.
For me, what is most important — aside from my work — is my family. I have three little girls and a wife who I cherish, and they were important enough for me to push for that balance. If I don’t get to spend time with them, I question what all the hard work is for and where the fruits of my labor are actually going.