How to be a Productive Business Owner Pt 3 – 15 Ways to Create a Balanced Life

How to Be a Productive Business Owner_ 15 Ways to Balance Your Work and LifeWorking from home affords you opportunity to create a balanced life, you have the luxury of taking longer breaks, creating a unique home life and fulfilling your desires related to every part of your life while running a successful business. Your life goal should be to have a prosperous life, and although this can mean financial prosperity, it more importantly points to prosperity in all areas of your life that will result in an increase in your enthusiasm for your business. Strive to create a balanced life, creating harmony between work and life.

The following tips will help you create a balanced life

  1. Always be learning and growing
    Always have a book on the go. Reading is a vital component to self-development, which you should be making time for on a regular basis. This is to enrich both your personal development and your professional development. Just making time to fit 15 minutes of reading in will benefit you greatly in all areas of your life, which will directly result in better results in your business.
  2. Schedule your time for business matters and don’t let it impose on your personal time
    Don’t let all the “to dos” get in the way of your personal life. Working from home can end up with some people working all the time, which sort of defeats the purpose of being self-employed. Make that schedule for business tasks and work within that schedule. There can be the occasional exceptions of course, but when you find that you’re not sticking to the flexible schedule that you had created, you either need to re-think your time or be more disciplined in your approach to working time.
  3. Don’t aim to please everyone
    Be clear on what your motives and intentions are and don’t let someone else’s opinion sway your informed decision. This relates to people in your personal life and in your business. Whether it’s customers that want more time from you or quicker responses, or a spouse that feels your online pursuits are taking up too much time or doesn’t understand your passion, don’t let the opinions of others change your business process when you know that’s what you want. Don’t be completely close-minded either. Hear people out and consider their opinion, then stand up for what you feel is right.
  4. Share your work schedule with your family
    Posting a print out of your weekly schedule on the fridge, office door or other visible area will let your family members know when you have planned to work and even what kind of work you’ll be doing. This helps to avoid someone in your house planning something that requires or requests your involvement during your work hours and allows you to share a bit of your business life with your family.
  5. Discuss your business challenges and accomplishments with family and friends
    Have one or two people that you can regularly talk to about what’s happening with your business. Especially when you’re first starting out, it can be discouraging to feel like you don’t have anyone to share the achievements and the frustrations with. Even though you can connect with many other people online in the same situation as you (which you should do) it’s much more effective to get to vent and share with someone you already have an established relationship with.
  6. Take at least a 15 minute break every 2 hours of work
    When you’re mainly focusing on your computer screen, you can get fatigued much more quickly than if you are moving around. After sitting at your computer for 2 hours, get up and get a drink, have a stretch, take a walk, anything that gets you on your feet and not staring at a screen. You’ll find yourself more focused and refreshed after a short break.
  7. Use the freedom of your work-from-home lifestyle to have breaks that take you outside your house
    If you’re working a number of hours in your home business then take breaks where you can possibly do some personal errands or leave the house for an hour or two to take in some physical activity or meet up with someone. Shifting your focus for a longer length of time and creating a day that is filled with a variety of activities provides a greater feeling of satisfaction with your day, as you’ve been able to give attention to several areas of your life.
  8. Take a reading break
    If you haven’t made the time in any other part of your day to devote to your personal growth through reading then take a reading break. Find yourself a comfortable spot to lounge in, go outside if possible or just locate yourself in a different spot than where you were working. It’s good to get a change of scenery and fit in the always important element of learning.
  9. Use your work break to give attention to the other areas of your life
    The most effective kind of break to take is a break that has you giving attention to some other areas of your life. Using your time wisely in this way will create a more productive life and not just center on a more productive work life. As the points above described more specific things you can do with your essential break, it is important to keep in mind that making your work break a short and sweet time to see family or a lengthy outing to experience various other things is an integral aspect to creating a balanced life that will have a direct result on the productivity in your business.
  10. Be nutritionally conscience
    Eating right is essential on so many levels, but you will find you are so much more motivated and productive if you’re feeding your body the right kind of fuel. Get educated on what the best diet is for you and eat a variety of foods that are providing your body with the appropriate nutrients that it needs to function at an optimum level. Try to eat with the focus that food is for the proper functioning of your body and not just for your taste buds. Of course, moderation is the key and having little treats now and then is acceptable, but make the majority of meals and snacks about providing your body the right fuel.
  11. Engage in fun and rejuvenating physical activity
    Physical activity is a great energizer and provides your whole body with overall feeling of satisfaction. Although any type of exercise is beneficial, it is an added bonus when you can get some exercise while having fun and possibly spending some quality time with family or friends. A few examples of this type of invigorating exercise is biking, brisk walking, playing sports, skipping, jumping on a trampoline and rock climbing – just to name a few of your options. Even if you just take a regular trip to the gym and give your body a workout, you’ll reap the rewards of physical activity. The overall point here is that exercise can and should be integrated into your life and it doesn’t have to be some rigorous workout in the gym. There’s a whole world of possibilities.
  12. Nourish your spiritual side
    You are a spiritual being that needs to regularly nourish that aspect of yourself. If you don’t feel drawn to an organized faith or religion, just be connected to the spiritual nourishment of nature. Realize that there is more to life than just what you see and think about and take time every day to become aware of your inner spirit through mediation, communing with nature, or learning about various spiritual aspects of humanity.
  13. Make time for face-to-face socialization
    Get connected face-to-face with people in all aspects of your life, whether they be family, friends, business associates or casual acquaintances. Try to make brief encounters and lengthy visits a chance to really connect with someone and not just a passing of time. You never know what may come of a conversation where you are truly in the moment and making the most of your time with someone.
  14. Schedule in time to nurture the most important relationships
    Just being around your spouse or your children, or any other vital people in your life, isn’t going to be an effective way to value that relationship. You have to spend quality time with the people you love and this is easily left out if you’re not aware of the lack of connection you may have. If you find you’re not connecting with those special people in your life on an intimate level then schedule in a weekly ‘date’ where you spend time with one another and get a chance to openly talk.
  15. Be an ongoing source of inspiration for others
    Being an encouragement to other people to have great aspirations, be persistent in achieving their goals and be open to new opportunities creates a greater sense of ownership in all you are planning to achieve in your business and personal life. Keep the momentum by reaching out to other people that you know personally and that you connect with through online sources. When you are constantly inspiring others you will be building a habit of determination and success that will lead you to living your life to its fullest potential.

Although the ability to work from home provides a great deal of benefits that effect much more than just your work life, the challenges that come up can make the ideal of working from home an extremely difficult endeavor.  Business needs to be taken seriously to succeed.  Even if you only have 10 hours a week to work your business, you need to be consistent, stay focused, plan out your progress, and remember all the other parts of your life that need attention too!

I hope that over the last three posts I have given you 45 insightful tips that will motivate, encourage and energize you to become ‘The Productive Business Owner’

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Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor

 

Mike Gardner aka ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management and productivity specialists. As well as being regularly featured in both online and off-line media outlets around the world, he is the author of the best selling time management book, Business Owners: Your Family Misses You. He regularly speaks on topics that are congruent with his mission of helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals to be incredibly productive, whilst still balancing their business and family commitments in a way that enables them to feel fulfilled and guilt-free. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, a Dad to Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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4 thoughts on “How to be a Productive Business Owner Pt 3 – 15 Ways to Create a Balanced Life

  1. I like the idea of sharing your work schedule with your family for 2 reasons. It let’s them know when you are free and like you say it opens discussion about work to blur the line.