Trying to juggle personal life with your business life can feel like an impossible feat as an entrepreneur, but the payoff is worth it if you can master the art of switching gears. You want to maximize your productivity at work, but not to the point where you are sacrificing too much of your personal life. This will require integrating your responsibilities at home with the time you are at work.
For many entrepreneurs, it’s not a foreign concept to bring your work back at home or handle work obligations during personal time, but what if you also did the reverse and took some time during work to integrate your personal time? This may sound impossible at first, but think about some ways you can get some personal tasks or interactions done while “at work.”
For instance, you can use a scheduled break or a moment of downtime to call up your family or friends for a nice conversation to take your mind off of work for a change. You could schedule a lunch break with a loved one or ask them to meet you at your workplace with some takeout. This simple integration of work and life is important to keep from becoming reclusive or too stressed out.
Calendar dates and scheduling is typically reserved for work tasks, but to get the most out of your days, you should become accustomed to making lists and appointments for your personal life, too. The most efficient entrepreneurs know that planning ahead is crucial for long-term success, because oftentimes you will be able to kill two birds with one stone when you have everything mapped out ahead of you. Free tools such as Asana, Trello, and Google Calendar can help you stay on track.
Just on the premises of traveling from one point to another, you will get a better sense of how each day will flow, giving you more opportunities to make shortcuts and combine tasks, whether they are work-related or just normal house chores. If you are constantly flipping between your work and personal life, you will find that switch begin to burn out and become harder to do as you get older.
Just because you are an entrepreneur, doesn’t mean you are alone in the struggle to be a successful business man, while maintaining a “normal” lifestyle. It’s okay to ask for help or lean on family and friends for support. Push yourself to improve your life and find your perfect balance, but don’t be stubborn and think that you are throwing in the towel if you ask for others to help you along your journey.
What good is success if you never have time to enjoy it or if your work starts to feel like it is influencing others parts of your life, like your relationships and decision-making skills. When you find that balance in life, you will become more confident, and even more proud of yourself, which in-turn makes you more successful as an entrepreneur.