Even the most dedicated of young entrepreneurs shouldn’t spend every hour god sends holed up in office. That’s why this week on the Htet Tayza blog I’ve decided to explain how to improve work/life balance.
Get a Life
As a young entrepreneur starting out on the road to success, it can often seem as though you’re spending every hour god sends stuck in the office.
Yet dedicating every minute of your day to building a successful business can often have a detrimental effect on its operations. You’re no good as the head of your company if you’re burning the candle at both ends. You need to get a life so you can ensure you bring your a-game to the office.
Five Tips to Improve Work/Life Balance
That means you need to cultivate a healthy work/life balance. Here are five tips that you can use to do so…
- Delegate: You’ll never get time to live your life if you take responsibility for every last little task that needs doing in the office. Delegate to your subordinates so you have more time to leave your desk every once in a while.
- Schedule ‘Me’ Time: Entrepreneurs live their life by their schedules. Include ‘me’ time in your daily schedule so you can get away from the office safe in the knowledge that you’re not wasting time, since you’ve already compensated for it by scheduling around it.
- Lower Your Expectations: If you say to yourself that you’re not going to leave the office until you’ve done the impossible, you won’t leave the office until you’ve done exactly that. Be realistic about what you can do in a normal working day so you can leave on time and live your life.
- Cultivate Personal Relationships: Motivation is everything. If you have a reason to leave the office then it’s far more likely you’ll develop a healthy work/life balance. Cultivate personal relationships i.e. friendships so you have something to leave the office for.
- Leave on Time: You need to get tough. If you tell yourself that you’re going to stay in the office for ‘just a few more minutes’ to get your work done you’ll never leave. Establishing a cut-off time helps you set the boundaries you need to ensure your work life doesn’t run over into your personal one.
Stay at the Top of Your Game
The life of a young entrepreneur looking to carve out a successful career is far from clear cut. Sometimes you’ll need to spend every hour god sends in the office. Don’t let this become a pattern. Strive to improve your work/life balance so that you can stay at the top of your game.