As a small business owner, work/life balance may seem impossible. It may seem as if that’s a fantasy world commodity that you’ll just never have. You’re in the real world, and balance is just not a thing.
Well, hello from the fantasy world of balance. We’d love for you to join us.
Here at The Agency, we know just how you feel as a small business owner. You’re tired. You’re overworked. You’re doing everything and never quite doing enough.
Lucky for you, we’ve got some solutions for your ever-present frustrations.
Create strict work hours.
Now, listen, office hours are there for a reason. Certainly, work will always be there the next day. If it’s at all possible, set some work hours for yourself. It could be 8 to 5 or 2 to 10. Pick something realistic, something that you could actually see yourself following. The trick is, though, you have to be strict with yourself. No one, besides your spouse or your dog perhaps, is going to ask you to stop working. Only you. So make it happen. You’ll be amazed at how good you feel when you come back to work, refreshed and relaxed.
Manage your time with a schedule.
If you find that your days slip away from you, (which we would be very surprised if they didn’t), chances are that some essential tasks are being thrown to the wayside. For instance, pull out your calendar and schedule hour blocks of time for tasks, with reminders. As the hours go by, you’ll be notified as to what you should be doing, and what you should be done with. Yes, there will often be times in which you’re rearranging and rescheduling, but at least it will be scheduled, and will hopefully get done.
Automate what you can.
You can automate certain things — like quote follow-ups, invoice requests, email campaigns, social media, etc. If you automate these things, i.e. schedule them out ahead of time, they won’t get away from you and you’ll feel ahead of the game.
Realize when it’s time to outsource.
Eventually (or right now), your business is going to be too big to do all on your own. You’re going to have to get help and you’re most likely going to have to pay for it. Think of the things that are time-consuming, that you’re winging, and that you simply don’t understand. Now think of what it might be like to have an expert doing those tasks. Mighty nice, yes? It’s amazing what a difference it can make to outsource. The personal relief and business advancements that result are quite the cup of tea.
That’s all for now. The last unofficial tip for you is that you never want to take on too much at once. So start small, step by step, and it’s amazing what you’ll be able to do for you and your business.