Even with an office to go to, achieving the elusive balance between you personal and your business life can be quite a challenge. Most of us consider our jobs a significant, if not a determining part of our identities, so it’s only natural to feel immersed in our professional roles even outside of work hours. However, this connection can often surpass pure professional dedication and become a disturbance that can endanger other, equally crucial parts of your personal life.
This challenge grows even more complex for people who work at home, hence the need for creating healthy boundaries becomes greater. By allocating enough time to other portions of your life, your career will also benefit – so let’s take a look at a few simple, but effective ways to restore and maintain this sensitive balance in your life.
Pursue other interests
It’s wonderful that you’re fueled by passion when it comes to running your company, but being an entrepreneur should never be the only interest you have in life. By introducing other activities and hobbies, you provide yourself with a safe space to keep growing and developing as a person. Anything that makes you happy and immersed in that particular activity is a great choice.
Some people enjoy arts and crafts, while others prefer to get out and explore nature, since it gives them a chance to spend more time outside and away from the office. In case you have a family, this is a great opportunity to bond with your kids and spouse through activities that have nothing to do with work!
Create physical boundaries
Spending all of your time in a single location can lead to mental fatigue rather quickly, especially in the initial stages of your business growth. If you live in a small apartment or a house, then even a desk devoted only to work can create the right sense of boundaries. Then again, if possible, a separate room used only to conduct business is an even better option.
Design you work station with the help of the right equipment, starting with your laptop, your storage space for any documents, and perhaps a few photos to give your desk a personal touch for inspiration. If you’re not using a separate room, introducing a room divider to keep this area detached from the rest of the space will provide enough of an “illusion” of an office.
Establish financial peace of mind
Starting a business from scratch can put quite a strain on your personal budget. You might consider forgoing your gym membership, your summer vacation, or a much-needed weekend getaway – all for the purpose of saving up to fund your business. As admirable as this may be, it can cause more harm than good, by bringing more stress into your days.
Instead, just like creating physical boundaries, opting for start up business loans can help you get your entrepreneurial endeavors on the right track and allow you to start making revenue. They come with various perks such as flexibility in terms of paying off the loan, as well as a secure source of funding until you start bringing in clients and turning a profit.
Build a schedule
Even though you’re probably tempted to spend every waking moment on finding new ways to grow you business, your mind and your body need rest and diversity. A clear schedule with milestones for each day, week, and month should help you put in the needed work, without abandoning your social life or your most fundamental needs. Just like you should make a routine for work, make sure you include those self-care steps such as exercise and time with your friends to unwind and prep for the next day.
Using digital tools to manage your schedule can help simplify the process, especially if you work on your own, or with a small team of people on the other side of your screen. Delegating tasks through collaborative platforms and using notification systems to keep track of how far you’ve come can also aid your goal to do as much as possible in less time.
We have grown accustomed to living in an environment riddled with noises, visual stimulation and constant chatter, both from social media and otherwise. If your phone pings every minute to notify you there’s a Facebook message waiting, or that it’s someone’s birthday, you’ll have a hard time focusing on what really matters.
Make a habit of turning off notifications from personal profiles during work hours – emergency calls only! Log out of your social media, and stick to your previously created schedule to respond to emails, as this will let you create order in the mess of online communication. And once your work hours are over, it’s time to switch off the business notifications and keep them muted until the next day begins. Eliminating distractions is a great way to create emotional barriers and give you the private time you need to rest and bond with your loved ones.