This was one of the most difficult aspects of my life to get right. Like so many small business owners I felt I could not be away from the business and had to be there for my clients 24/7. The fact that my children were all grown up and had flown the nest made it easier to stay at work as there was no home demands.
The older I got the more I realised the importance of time. Life is short even if we live to 100, it’s still way too short, so it’s important to make every day count.
Here are 5 practical steps to achieving that work life balance:
- Build a great team around you and don’t be afraid to delegate
- Learn to work smarter not harder
- Prioritise your workload
- Systemise your business and processes
- Limit time-wasting activities and people
- Book time off in your diary and hold firm to your arrangements
Taking time out is not easy so start with small steps. A day off or a weekend away can be a triumph at the beginning. Once you experience some success you can learn to build on it. If I am being honest I use the time off to do the enjoyable tasks such as updating my technical skills and social media. Loving the freedom and choice at long last.