Owning a small business is like a juggling act. You may have several balls in the air at one time, but if you lose your focus, just for a second, it can disrupt or entirely halt your “act”. Between friends, family and your business, it is important to note how to make all of these function simultaneously. All of these areas of life are important, and a good schedule and commitment to balance are key.
If you feel that your juggling act could careen out of control at any moment, consider some of the following suggestions to implement better balance in all areas of life:
- Schedule, schedule, schedule. Need to make three important calls today? Schedule them. Need to call mom to make plans for vacation? Pencil in 20 minutes during your lunch hour to eat and chat. Busyness should never override the most important relationships in your life, and having an airtight schedule can help you do this.
- Focus on one thing at a time. Most people cannot truly, effectively multitask. You may find that your productivity increases dramatically when you are only focused on one task at a time. In turn, this opens other “blank space” in your calendar that can be filled with time with loved ones.
- Practice self-care. You are worth caring for, even in the busiest of seasons. Schedule time, however brief it may be, to do something that helps you reset and refresh. Even a 20 minute walk during lunch can have vast benefits for your mental and emotional well-being. Find what works for you and put it into practice.
- Forgive yourself. You are not perfect, and chances are, at some point, you will drop a ball, miss a meeting or forget something important. When this happens, be gracious with yourself and move on.
Time is valuable and family and loved ones are priceless. Your business goals should never be accomplished at the expense of the relationships that truly make life worthwhile. Be consistent, forgive yourself where you fall short and set realistic expectations—you may be in a season where life is one continual juggling act, but you have the ability to do it well.