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Work-life Balance as an Entrepreneur



I pride myself on maintaining a relatively healthy lifestyle. Actually, that’s an understatement. I’ve always been the “health nut” among my friends and family.


I…

get up early.

exercise to start my day.

eat whole grain products, fruits, and vegetables.

journal.

drink lots of water/tea and avoid soda and sugary drinks.

meditate in some way.


It seems like I should have it ALL together, right? After reading the list, I’m thinking yeah, you should.


But that’s not actually the case. Despite how good everything looks on paper, I don’t actually do everything I can to be my healthiest.


That is, I still struggle with work-life balance.



Isn’t it ironic?


Many younger generations abhor working corporate jobs, complaining it doesn’t allow them the freedoms and flexibility they crave.


They don’t want to be pressured to work the 9-to-5. They don’t want to have to work overtime. They don’t want to constantly be “on-call.”


They want to be able to take days off spontaneously. They want to be able to unwind at 3 p.m. if they like. They want to be able to have a relaxed working environment.



But you know what I’ve noticed?


Since starting my business, I work longer than 8 hours a day. I feel like I’m constantly on-call because who knows when the good ideas will strike.

Furthermore, I can’t spontaneously take off days because there’s always something that needs to be done.


Maybe you can relate to this feeling that time is the enemy we’re all fighting against.



What to do?


The issue is I love what I do.


Yes, I work longer hours, but I’m still my own boss. I still get to dictate what projects I take on what projects I reject.


I get to dictate how I organize my time and deadlines. I get to dictate how much creative freedom is allowed.


However, I think this is also what makes it easy to get carried away and eventually burnt-out.


So, here are four tips that I want to share to be healthier while doing what you love:


1. Done? Leave it.

Perfectionism often sabotages work-life balance. This is my number one struggle. The feeling that everything needs to be in its perfect place is real.


But you know what? I’ve learned that even if it isn’t, most people won’t notice.


Don’t worry that something doesn’t look exactly like how you were imagining. In today’s world, your customers prefer to see that you’re human.


They like seeing that you make mistakes or that your life can get a little messy now and then.


Embrace it. Own it.


2. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

When you’re in charge of everything, it can be easy to get caught up in every negative comment or rude-sounding email.


I sometimes think days about how I responded or worded an email because I thought someone might become upset over it.


Remember, you can’t control how others act or respond nor are you responsible for their happiness. You can only do your best.


Fretting over insignificant things just drains your energy and time.


3. Practice gratitude.

One of my other problems is that when I work, I become laser focused and don’t want to be distracted.


Whether you want to call it being in the moment or practicing gratitude, I find that taking time to notice small things around you can actually increase your productivity.


For instance, when my fiancé comes home from work, I like to try to spend a little time chatting with him and appreciating his company.


Afterwards, I often feel refreshed and can power on full steam ahead.


Your way doesn’t have to be like mine. It could be the enjoyment of sipping your coffee or tea for 30 seconds or taking a moment to truly listen to some music.


Whatever it is, just pause and appreciate.


4. Steep in silence.

What happens to me sometimes is that when I have nothing else to do, I gravitate towards doing something business-related.


I realize this is a big mistake because I often feel exhausted after the weekend because my brain never had a chance to relax.


Don’t make the same mistake as me. Breaks and relaxation only boost productivity.


Not to mention, most people’s best ideas come to them when they’re doing nothing.


If your company is ultra-present on social media during the week, maybe take one or two days where you aren’t on social media at all.


This will give you more time to do other things. Or to do nothing!


Conclusion


It can be hard to maintain a good work-life balance as an entrepreneur, but with a little awareness and mental shifts, it can be improved.


Don’t let perfectionism get the better of you.


Let go of things you can’t control.


Practice gratitude.


Appreciate silence.


How do you maintain a healthy lifestyle as an entrepreneur? Share your own tips! I would sure love to hear them.