Business owners, take your time off!

Two people sitting with the back to us on red chairs looking at the Columbia Icefield.

Work-Life-Balance: Now that’s a phrase I bet a lot of us can’t hear anymore. It has been overused over the past years with all the magazines writing about it. But still, it is an important issue. In times like these, with everyone being online with our smartphones, overflowed with information all the time, we are also busy with work as well as with family and friends. We also need to make time for our partners and ourselves somewhere in between. If we don’t look after ourselves, it could end badly. So you need a healthy balance between your work and your private life.

My business on the side

As you know, I recently started my own business on the side. With emphasis on “on the side”. I am still employed full-time and I am not planning to change that as long as my business isn’t big enough to become fully self-employed, which can take years. I am not the one to make hasty decisions, especially because I don’t know if my business will ever become a success. I am working on it, that, you can believe me. But still, I don’t have a crystal ball I could ask. 😉 Luckily, I like it the way it is now because I still like working at our office, which is a huge relief.

On the other hand, it is a challenge. In order to make some money I have to put hours of work into my business. I can only make time for working on my projects and my business after my full-time job and on weekends. Because the hard truth is: If you want to achieve something in your life you have to sacrifice spare-time and work your ass off. Your friends might be out and have fun but you have to pack out your laptop and get some work done. If you can’t handle this, you might overthink becoming an entrepreneur at all. If you are making it right though, you love what you do and therefore won’t feel like working. Which is a big plus and if you ask me, it’s the only way it can turn out well. If you don’t love what you do, you won’t be able to sustain the strength and motivation you need for your business.

Business owners need to take a break

I am still at the start of my business but I’m already planning my off-time per week. Yes, entrepreneurs have to work a lot, but as important as putting in the work is taking a break. I believe I can only give 100% for my clients if I put 100% into my well-being. Otherwise I would end up frustrated and without the required energy for my business. The result would be half-hearted projects and unhappy clients. I don’t want that for my clients and I don’t want that for myself.

Therefore, I am very into taking me-time and spend the greater part of the weekend with my man. We go hiking, mountain-biking or running. Running is my favourite sport for clearing my head. I badly need this time off. No matter if it is sport, reading a book, watching Game of Thrones or doing nothing at all.  I still need to do some work at weekends, but I don’t need to do it full-time as long as I stay organized and deal with the main business during the week.

Time management for my business

Time management is the key. I organize my To-Dos on Trello which gives me a great overview and makes it easy to follow through. I can easily add new tasks or delete them when they are done. I LOVE ticking things off my to-to-list. Nothing is as satisfying as getting things done and tick them off the list. Organizing your time is the best you can do for a healthy Work-Life-Balance. Don’t stress about your tasks. Write down your tasks for a day and work them off. Step by step. Don’t make your list too long though. It should realistic for one day. With a good plan, you can make enough time for yourself. You’ll stay healthy, fit and motivated. Your own business will be your passion and it’ll stay that way as long as you take care of yourself.

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