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Work-Life Balance for Business Owners

Congratulations on owning your own business. You are no doubt working hard to make your business a thriving success. That means you are spending a lot of hours tending to all aspects of your enterprise. Like anything worthwhile, it takes time and attention to grow a healthy business. Now, ask yourself, are you sacrificing other areas of your life in the process?

Work-life balance is an important factor in everyone’s life. This is particularly so for the business owner because you are the cornerstone of the business. If you have a family they are depending on you also. Everything rests on your shoulders. Even without the added responsibilities of dependents, it’s important for you to have balance in your work and in your non-work time.

You may need to make some tough decisions in order to achieve true balance in your work and life. As a business owner you may need to consider doing things in a new way in order to spend the time developing and enjoying the other parts of your life. If your family is feeling neglected and you are missing out on family life, you may choose to delegate some of your business responsibilities to reliable workers. Consider hiring a Virtual Assistant (VA) to help ease the duties of the office. A qualified VA can free up hours for you, hours that you can spend taking the kids to the park, renewing your relationship with your partner or just spending time exploring the hobbies you’ve been putting off over the years.

What is Work-Life Balance?

There are many definitions for it, and in its most basic form it is satisfaction and/or fulfillment in the different areas of your life. “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy” is often quoted to those who tend to go overboard in the career department. Business owners would most likely be prone to this rather than the other half of that adage – “All play and no work makes Jack just a toy.” Obviously, too much play and your business goes down the drain. Balancing does not mean parceling out your time so that each area of your life gets the same amount of minutes and hours. It does mean finding equilibrium such that at the end of the day you climb into bed knowing that your time was well spent.

Steps to Achieving Balance

In order to achieve work-life balance, you first need to identify the different areas of your life. Some models are simple with just career, family, friends and self. Others models include health spiritual development and leisure. What areas of your life are most important to you? Categorize them and ask yourself how happy you are in each area. What needs to happen in order for you to feel fulfilled in those areas of discontent? Discovering the facets of your life and taking a look at how fulfilled you are in those areas are the first steps toward balance.

Make a list of those things you feel will bring you to fulfillment in the areas of your life where you are lacking satisfaction. Then working backwards, create steps to make those things reality. Determine in your mind that you are going to create a plan that will bring you closer toward balance in all areas of your life and enlist the help of one of our talented Virtual Assistants at CVA.

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Posted on July 28th, 2015 by Rachel Braam, Office Manager

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