Achieving Work-Life Balance in 2013
Rieva Lesonsky, CEO of GrowBiz Media, offers tips for obtaining a work-life balance that works for you.
It’s the start of a new year, the time to make all those promises to yourself. One resolution that’s worth striving for, even though you may never fully achieve it, is working towards a work-life balance that makes sense for you, your business and your family.
I say one that works for you because only you know what is right for your situation and what is actually doable. Here are some things to keep in mind while working towards balance:
Stop beating yourself up. Start by setting realistic goals. By that I mean, stop trying to achieve the un-achievable. Your business won’t go under if you don’t get that one client--pick yourself up and look for the next client. Blew it on a big marketing campaign? Learn from your mistakes and implement what you learn for next time. Also, quit fooling yourself that you can ever achieve an equal personal life and work balance. You’re an entrepreneur and motivated by success. The scales may be tipped in the direction of business, but that doesn’t make you a bad person. It makes you a driven person.
Embrace delegation. No, you don’t have to look over every piece of paper that comes through your office, and you don’t need to follow up on every sales call your employees make. That’s their job and why you hired them. Set up a delegation plan with the specific skillsets needed, the best people for the jobs, deadlines and goals, and then let it go!
Share. Part of the problem with work-life balance is that entrepreneurs think they need to shield their friends and family from the problems of the business, when in reality, sharing the ups and downs of entrepreneurship can bring you closer and allow you to spend more time with them. Need extra help in the office? Bring your kids in to help, or have your spouse set up some appointments for you. Once you let people in, both sides will stop feeling isolated. Plus, you never know when someone has an idea you haven’t thought of that could help your business grow.