A good hearty laugh relieves physical tension, leaves your muscle relaxed for up to 45 mins after, and even boosts the immune system? Do you remember the last time you enjoyed a good deep belly laugh with your family or friends?
One crucial thing many small business owners often overlook – is looking after themselves and balancing their lifestyles. It’s so very easy to find your business gradually swallowing up all your free hours. Doing everything in the business is demanding, you get stretched with needing to manage everything, especially if you’re a sole business owner – there isn’t anyone to share your load with. You can’t afford to get sick or ill. After all, who will run the business? Growing demands begins to wear you down. So what can we do to help create ‘balance’ in our lives, feel more in control, and make time to step away from our businesses to relax and have fun.
First – check your physical health and diet.
Being healthy does strengthen your mental ability to be able to manage stress. Even a 40 min daily walk around the block with the dog helps. It’s not about super long gym sessions to get a prime body – we’re talking about maintaining a good general fitness. Find some activity you enjoy doing – if it becomes boring – do it with a group or ask a friend to join in. Try blending doing physical activities with your partner or family to gain more social and physical time – backyard soccer game anyone?
(Think – what’s the point of investing this time and money into the business now if you aren’t going to strive to be healthy enough in future years to enjoy possible financial benefits derived from all this hard work you’re putting into your business today?)
Monitor your business hours.
Finished work? Done enough today? Close that laptop, and put down the cellphone and walk away. Go interact fully with the family and friends. In your time away, if it’s crucial to check in, then be strict – check in once the late afternoon. Avoid checking devices during late evenings – do you want to fall asleep with business on your mind? Create a friendly auto-answer messaging system on both your emails and business numbers to clients who call out of hours. Schedule your breaks, and take them. Sometimes it’s not possible to avoid after hour work because of the nature of your business, like a food business. But try scheduling two-three hour blocks of time in evenings for say two or three nights a week and then keep the other evenings free to give yourself a break away from work.
Work Smart on your business.
Review your goals on a regular basis. In working so hard, we can forget to step away and check we’re on track or not. How’s your income? Your current business systems – are there better way of doing this process now? Spend so much time looking for and sorting paper invoices and writing outgoing orders? Go paperless – move to an integrated accounting system and encourage suppliers and clients to order online. Social media marketing … do you need to be on all of them – why not get selective and focus on two. Streamline, and then review again later.
Eeeek – that means bringing in ‘outsiders’ into your business. But when it grows, sometimes it’s just not possible to keep our fingers on all the pulses of the business. Multi-tasking doesn’t work if it’s spreading your energy thin all over the place – accounts, marketing and processing sales – and you can’t focus properly. Contracting out some of your workloads, or hiring experts can reduce your time demands within the business. Experts with their knowledge base can suggest fresh ideas and processes to help enhance your business. Outsource what you aren’t good at or haven’t time to train on, and refocus your passion on what you do love doing best in your business! So we’ll ask now – how are your accounts? Do you understand where your money is coming from and where is it going?
Here at Do the Sums, we work hard to be updated on the best bookkeeping systems, keep abreast of tax compliance rules. We’re always the lookout for cool system add-ons that can help minimise business processes and save time. We can train you on bookkeeping systems, or you can hand it all over. Or just some. By the way, we Network often – so if it’s not accounting – but something else you’re needing help with, feel free to ask me as we deal with a wide range of business professionals and may be able to recommend the right person.
So, there it is. BALANCE. Work on your business – but make your lifestyle balanced too, and create some time off to go relax and laugh .. with family or friends.
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