The career choice of entrepreneurship is one filled with long hours, big decisions, and great rewards. Especially when business’ are first starting, the thought is always to keep at it. While many people would love to be non-stop productive, the idea of it is far better than the reality. The results of non-stop productivity can be damaging to your health and your business. To avoid loss of clients and cognitive function, follow these tips to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
When it comes to entrepreneurship, the work never seems to be done. There is always something else that needs work. If time management is not utilized, all of your available time can become work time. Eventually overworking results in fatigue, decreased cognitive function, a diminished ability to process information and make decisions, and difficulty concentrating. MRI scans show that fatigued brains look exactly like brains that are sound-asleep. Boundaries have to be set to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
LEARN TO SAY NO
Much like stated above, if there is not a clear set of boundaries, everything is doable, and the people around you will think you are always available. For example, imagine a client calls on your cell at 9 p.m. Do you take the call in fear of losing out on a customer? Or do you answer and tell them that after a certain hour, you are spending family time? If you do take the phone call, you can almost guarantee that it won’t be the last late night phone call. If you do the latter, you’ll set clear expectations, have more free time, and you will most likely gain respect from the client rather than lose their business.
One of the advantages of entrepreneurship is creating your own schedule, yet on the other side, the pitfall is a blurred line between when you are working and when you are off. Especially when working from home, people can find themselves missing out on social activities. At the office place, random conversations with coworkers can create a feeling of community that is lacking at a virtual workspace. Find ways to socialize with others. Whether it be working at a coffee shop where you strike a conversation with the first person who makes eye contact or planning trips to network, make time for human connection.
As humans become overloaded and overworked, anxieties and stressors can begin to affect the body in negative ways. Learn to pay attention to body signals in order to thwart fatigue, sickness, and even depression. Headaches, stomach aches, and even neck pains can all be a sign that your body is feeling overworked.
Burnouts can affect your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Self-awareness, time management, and time off can help build your mind, body, and your business.