Here’s the magical question everyone seems to be asking: How do you balance work, home and family? I am not sure anyone can come up with a solid one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Since everyone’s businesses, circumstances and lives are different, there really isn’t a perfect formula. However, there are some good tips available on how to balance these important elements of your life. Here are a few of my favorites:
1. Organize your time:
As a business professional, it can sometimes seem like everyone wants a piece of your time and attention every minute of the day. The first step is to list everything you need to do for your business in a week, and divide it up into urgent and not-so-urgent priorities. Then estimate the hours the urgent priorities will take, and plug those hours into your work week. Do the same activity for your home life keeping in mind to put family first, but not forget your hobbies and passions. The result should be a clearer outlook on how the precious moments of your days need to be spent to strike that balance we are all seeking.
2. Give yourself time off:
If you are finding yourself physically out of the office on weekends, but still falling into the trap of doing business tasks, it may be time to enforce some ground rules. Though this activity may be critical to the success of your business, you need to set limits so you’re not working your weekends away. If this isn’t possible, set aside free time one day a week where you can rest and spend time with family.
3. Tidy your work-space:
We know you are busy, but have you taken a hard look at your work-space lately? Studies have shown that excess clutter creates added anxiety. And if that isn’t convincing enough, think about all the time you waste in a day trying to hunt down files and other information. Staying organized is much like health and wellness; it’s something you need to work on every day. Set aside even as little as fifteen minutes a day to stay on top of clutter and keep your work-space in ship-shape.
4. Outsource what you can, when you can:
We all have the tasks we loathe, yet they need to be done for the sake of business success. The trick is to know what tasks need to be reserved for you and only you, and what can be outsourced. Here are some examples:
Creative Tasks: Find someone who can create company logos, promotional videos, multimedia presentations and any web design elements your business needs.
Technical Tasks: Why try to learn it all yourself? Outsource all of your technical tasks like website administration, shopping cart management, and even customer support and service.
Administrative Tasks: This includes organizing schedules, appointment making, taking care of the paperwork, data management and research, all of which take a considerable amount of time.
Marketing Tasks: Press releases, ad campaigns and social media are all necessary parts of your businesses marketing, but they also take time. Find professionals to whom you can outsource these tasks to free you up for more important things.
Bookkeeping Tasks: Not a numbers person? Instead of gritting your teeth or putting it off, look for bookkeeping and accounting help to relieve yourself of that burden.
Unless you plan to clone yourself soon, finding the balance between work and life is critical, and taking these steps may help get you tip the scales more in your favor.