As a business owner, it can be incredibly difficult to find a way to balance your work life with your home life. I was at an event the other day, and someone was looking for a bit of practical advice.
These are a few of the questions they asked me:
- How do you keep on top of business admin, cleaning your house, feeding your family, and posting interesting and engaging posts on your social media platforms?
- Doesn’t it feel like you’re chasing your tail?
- How do you manage your time on a daily basis, because I’m struggling.
These are great questions, and I’m glad they were brought up because these are common issues that many of us deal with as practice owners.
Ultimately, it all comes down to managing your time correctly, but there are various ways you can go about structuring your day and subsequently your life the right way. I’ve come up with seven tips on how to do this correctly. Let’s dive in!
1) Have A Timetable
If you’re familiar with my content, you know that I mention this a lot, but it’s absolutely vital that you create a timetable to help you structure your day.
Know when you’re working in your business and when you’re at home with your family. Adhere to your timetable so that you don’t burn yourself out trying to manage things when you shouldn’t.
2) Allocate Your Tasks
Allocation means separating your tasks so they are easier to manage. A great way to do this is to colour code your tasks. For example, all admin activities could be considered red tasks while all tasks that generate money can be considered blue tasks.
This can be a visual reminder of what tasks you’re currently handling, and it’s a great exercise to help you maximise your time and stay organized.
3) Have A Power Team For Your Business
This is another point I like to bring up a lot. Don’t try to do everything yourself.
Find experts who specialise in a specific field (such as managing, finances, HR, etc.). Then bring those people together into a power team to help you efficiently run your business.
That way you can do your job without having to worry about every single aspect of your business.
4) Implement The 90-day Rule
Every 90 days you should step away from your business so that you can take time to reflect and re-centre yourself.
Sometimes when you’re too involved with something, it’s hard to identify a problem. However, when you take a step back the issues you weren’t able to see before tend to rise to the surface.
5) Plan Your Holidays In Advance
You should try to plan all of your holidays in advance. Make sure even if you have no plans to go away on holiday any time soon that you have a holiday wall planner that outlines all of the days in the future where you’re not working.
That way, when the need to go away on holiday hits you, you can go to your planner and find the days that you have available.
6) Create A Routine
It’s imperative that you create a good routine to follow each and every day.
For me, I try to go to bed early, so that I can wake up earlier than my kids and get a few things done such as journaling, exercising and reading. This routine has been absolutely revolutionary for me.
With that being said, what is your routine? What are you doing that’s allowing you to maximise the most amount of time in your day? Don’t forget to leave some time to relax, so you don’t end up burning yourself out.
7) Self Care
You could be the hardest worker in the world and make buckets full of money, but if you’re not taking care of yourself and your health, it will be all for nothing because you’ll be too sick to enjoy the fruits of your labour.
Remember, you’re working hard for yourself and your family. The last thing you want to do is sacrifice your health!
If that happens, you’ll be no good to your clients, no good to your family, and no good to yourself. Get enough sleep, eat properly, exercise and ensure you’re always watching after yourself. Your family, friends, and you will be eternally grateful.
Your dreams are waiting for you, but it takes hard work to achieve them. Allocating your time correctly and implementing these good habits are an excellent way to avoid being overwhelmed as you put time into your business.
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