If we are honest, most of us will admit we are not quite sure how to balance all life throws our way, especially if we are dealing with start-up businesses or entrepreneurship along with family and other important commitments.
The good news is that achieving this balance is not reserved for the far-advanced or super-zen. No. Anyone who is patient and dedicated enough to cultivate it can strike this balance. Let's explore a bit, shall we?
Simply put, you: a small-business owner, a mother, a startup manager, a member of the local Lion's Club, an entrepreneur. Anyone. If you are balancing a variety of priorities, you are in need of a proper work-life balance.
We say balance, but what it means is learning to say yes to the most important people, ideas, and activities, how to direct others to do what you cannot, and how to say no to everything else.
This one is pretty easy: so you have time to enjoy life outside of work, meaning you will also enjoy your work life to a far greater extent.
Well, now. Or as soon as possible.
As mentioned in the introduction, learning balance can take some time, but investing time now results in much less stress in the long-run.
This is the big one.
Let's break it down into the categories brought up in the "What" section.
- Saying Yes - Learning to prioritize is the first rule of balance. Saying "Yes" to the most important and interesting options makes the act of balancing more enjoyable and worthwhile.
- Outsourcing - You cannot do everything and there are others who can do what you cannot. One of the most important skills you can learn is how to direct others to do what you cannot do, do not have time for, or -- as the boss -- simply do not want to do.
- Saying No - It is really quite simple: if it is not necessary, say no. Obviously, there are exceptions to this rule, but learning to say "No" at the appropriate times greatly relieves stress because it essentially means you have less to balance.
Still not sure where to start, letting us take over your bookkeeping is a great first step! Happy balancing!