Striking the perfect balance between your work life and everything else you do and enjoy can be an incredibly difficult task for anybody. Whether you’re a teller at a convenience store or the CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
But for entrepreneurs, the task is even harder. Not only do you need to put in your work hours, see family and friends and somehow maintain hobbies and a social life, but you also have to focus on running a company. And when you’re in the beginning stages of a start-up, things are even harder.
But don’t let that scare you!
While it may be tough, there are many ways in which you can be a successful and hard-working entrepreneur and still have a life outside of work. Here are a few tips to help you strike the perfect balance.
Be Willing to Put in the Time but Know When to Take a Break
Unfortunately, there’s no easy solution. Sometimes – in fact, a lot of the time – you’re going to have to put in crazy long hours and work harder than everybody else. It just comes with the territory.
And while there’s nothing wrong with this – it’s necessary – you need to simply manage yourself. Know when to take a break – when you’re no longer feeling productive or you’re utterly exhausted. Just because you need a moment to breath, get away from things for a bit or have a rest doesn’t mean you aren’t working hard.
Sometimes, knowing when you need a break and taking some down time to do things you enjoy like checking out the latest FIFA world cup odds can actually help make you more productive in the long run.
This one comes up time and time again, but it can’t be overstated. Understandably, it can be very difficult to delegate, especially when it comes to important responsibilities within your own company. You may feel very protective over something that you’ve created and built yourself, and fearful about involving other people. However, if you want to grow, it’s necessary to hire new employees and trust them to do the job properly.
The most important thing here is to put time and consideration into the hiring process. If you hire people whose ability you can trust, then delegating should be easy. It’ll make it easier to let go and allow someone else to take the reins every now and then.
Communicate Clearly from the Beginning
As you’re forming your company and bringing in new employees, this is when your company’s ethos, values and atmosphere will start to develop.
Make sure you’re keeping an eye on these things and monitoring what’s happening. Ensure that you like the direction in which things are going, and if you don’t, do something about it. Once a precedent has been set, it can be difficult to change things. Furthermore, the employees that you have from the outset are the ones who will be helping you hire future employees and carrying on your company’s culture, so make sure you like what they’re offering your business and always communicate openly.