Life is a balancing act. It is full of tough choices and priorities.
One of the most difficult balancing acts is balancing a career as an entrepreneur and family or social life. There will be some weeks full of overtime. There will be interrupted weekends and hurried dinners. This does not mean that being an entrepreneur isn't worth it. It doesn't mean that you can't have a fulfilling life outside of work.
It simply means that you must be as ‘aggressive’ in your personal life as you are in your business life. You have to treat your life as part of your business. You have to recognize that relaxation and fun are just as important as your entrepreneurial efforts. As an entrepreneur, you will find yourself tempted to work all of the time. You will find yourself overworked sometimes.
For some reason, we are often tempted to work long hours and forsake ourselves, our friends, and our families. But in order to live a rewarding life, you must find a balance.
The balance will be fulfilling and it will help you function better as an entrepreneur.
Make Time for Yourself
The first thing to remember is to make time for yourself. An overworked mind will only burnout. An overworked mind will not function as well as it can. This means that part of being successful includes making time to relax and have fun. It means giving your brain a break from work so that it can regenerate. You only have a certain amount of time and energy on your hands. You must set aside some time to relax.
After all, if you do not take care of yourself, who else will?
Make Time for Friends and Family
Part of making time for yourself is making time for friends and family. This is important because you need a support network. It is also important because they will provide fun and fulfillment in a way that work does not. This is part of making time for yourself in that they can be the support and love that you need for a successful life.
As an entrepreneur, you will probably have long weekends and long evenings, but your friends and family will understand because they will want to see you succeed.
Make Time for Fun
This goes closely with making time for friends and family, as the two often cross. You won't always realize when you are stressed and overworked. Take time to have fun and keep those appointments regardless of whether you want to go or not.
Sometimes we are tempted to skip plans to have fun. We often argue that we do not feel up to it. We often say that we are too tired or that we have more work to do. This is where taking time to have fun is important. Go have fun even if you do not feel like it. At the end of each of those trips you will realize that fun is just what you needed. You will think to yourself that you are glad that you kept the appointment to have fun.
Make Time for Nothing
Sometimes the brain is overloaded and you just need to do nothing. Making time for nothing is probably the simplest way to balance your life. During your work day, take thirty seconds to stare at the wall. It will help your brain rest for just a moment before kicking back into gear, and you will function better throughout the day. Take a few minutes during the day to sit outside and stare at the clouds. This technique will help you function better and be a better entrepreneur. You will find that you do a better job with this technique.
Make Time for Charity
Charity is one of those efforts that is rewarding for both the soul and the job. In fact, it's one of the best ways to balance your job and to live a fulfilling life. Charity is great PR for the entrepreneur and for the company. It can also be a fun and social event. Some companies simply donate blood or food, while others throw banquets to raise money for specific needs. It looks great on a resume while creating a sense of well-being and a sense of fulfillment.
Being an entrepreneur is difficult. It is a busy life. It will take a great deal of time and effort to find the balance. You will be tempted to give up and you will be frustrated. At times it will seem that you cannot have both a fulfilling life and a career, but you can.
Just remember that it takes time to find balance.
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