Work-Life Balance for Entrepreneurs: How to Work in Tune with Your Needs

What Does “Work-Life Balance” Mean?

  • More energy. You feel inspired and filled with new ideas, and you have the energy to try them out. An overall stable and positive attitude without sliding through extreme ups and downs all the time is the main sign of a balanced entrepreneur.
  • Fewer health problems. Entrepreneurs are the worst at taking care of themselves, wouldn’t you agree? So immersing yourself in work shouldn’t result in irregular sleep, low-quality nutrition, or little time for routine health checkups.
  • Less burnout. Burnout can affect your mental (insomnia, anxiety, irritability, and depression) and physical health (high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, chronic pain, and digestive illnesses).
  • Higher productivity. A healthy work-life balance increases productivity, leading to better results. For example, you will often feel inspired when you spend time with your friends and family.
  • Workforce loyalty. If your staff feels appreciated and can meet their needs while working for you, you can rest assured they’ll have fewer to no reasons to quit their jobs.

How to Maintain a Healthy Work-Life Balance: Practical Tips & Advice

#1 — Plan Your Activities

  • What do you really need to accomplish?
  • How much time do you need?
  • How can you best prioritize?
  1. Urgent and important — to do
  2. Urgent and not important — to delegate
  3. Not urgent and important — to schedule for the future
  4. Not urgent and not important — to delete

#2 — Differentiate Your Time

#3 — Take Short Breaks throughout the Day

  • After every 20 minutes of looking at a computer screen, look away at something from a 20-feet distance for 20 seconds.
  • Take a 5- to 10-minute break to stand up and stretch after every 50 to 60 minutes spent in front of your computer.
  • Switch between a standard and a standing desk throughout the day.
  • Use a standing desk mat to reduce the load on your lower back and change your posture every 20 to 30 minutes.

#4 — Set Manageable Daily Goals

  • On one hand, come a crisis, you’ll have trusty colleagues who know the process and can back you up.
  • On the other hand, some tasks fall outside your competence, and that’s okay. If someone has more experience handling such tasks, let them. It’s your win.

#5 — Manage Your Online Communication Wisely

#6 — Rewire Your Brain from Task-Driven to a Productivity-Driven Approach

  1. What do I really have to do to achieve the desired result?
  2. What is the best thing I can do today to achieve the set goals?

#7 — Plan More than Just Work

  1. Grab a piece of paper and draw a circle on it.
  2. Now, think about all the spheres that make your life complete (besides work). These can include your family, friends, hobbies, training, vacations, etc.
  3. Divide the circle into segments according to the spheres you listed.
  4. Rate each of these from 1 to 10, based on how satisfied you are with each of these fields. Again, rely on your feelings here.

#8 — Stop Feeling Guilty for Taking Time off Work

#9 — Use Technology to Your Advantage

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