OTHER • July 6, 2016
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You’re lying in bed and finally about to drift off to sleep, but then you’re jolted awake by the ping of the phone on your nightstand. It’s your work email. Who would be sending emails at this hour?
You try to roll over and put the thought out of your mind, but you end up turning on the light, grabbing your phone and working well into the night.
This happens all too often, especially as a small business owner. You have trouble finding balance when work always seems to consume your life. But the stress of a never-ending workday adds up quickly, causing more damage than you might think. It can compromise your relationships, health and overall happiness.
The good news is it’s not too late. Here are some tips to help you and your employees achieve a better work-life balance.
Technology makes your life easier in so many ways, but it also sets the expectation of constant accessibility. But experts say there are times when you need to shut off all your devices and simply enjoy the moment. Make quality time a priority by putting your phone away at your child’s soccer game or while you’re hanging out with family.
2. Exercise to destress
When you’re stressed and busy, it’s important to make time to take care of yourself, and that includes exercising. Often the first thing to slide when your to-do list gets too long, exercise is actually an effective stress reducer. Feel-good endorphins help lift your mood so you can tackle your stresses more effectively, so try to get your body moving for at least 30 minutes each day.
3. Let it go
As a small business owner, it’s easy to get wrapped up in overachievement. You’ve probably had perfectionist tendencies since you were a kid. But when you grow up and the responsibilities continue to pile on, perfectionism is impossible. Recognize that you can’t always do everything, be everywhere and fix every problem. Give yourself a break.
4. Get rid of time wasters
Make a list of the most important aspects of your life and compare that list to your current schedule. How do these match up? What time-wasting activities can you take off your plate? For example, you might love surfing the internet or chatting with people in the office each morning, but don’t let these tendencies keep you at work longer than you need to be there.
For the good of your company and your well-being, make work-life balance a priority. Your employees and your health will thank you.
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