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Achieving a work/life balance

Being an entrepreneur is time-consuming - but how can you avoid it taking over your life?

Many people dream of escaping regular 9 to 5 employment to become their own boss. However, the reality of running your own company can be extremely demanding, especially in terms of time.

Many business owners find it increasingly difficult to shut the door on the office and can’t tease apart their personal life from their working one.

The heavy workload causes many entreprenuers to lose sight of family commitments and neglect their social lives.

Entrepreneurs should be prepared to work long and sometimes erratic hours, and maintaining a tolerable, let alone healthy work/life balance, can be taxing - but it’s not impossible.

Having a good balance between your professional life and private life will increase your motivation, job satisfaction, and productivity. Effective planning will help to make the most of each working day and enable you to have time for friends and family.

You should set compelling targets for every aspect of both your work and personal life ranging from the size of your database to holidays and personal wealth. Having these aims in place will ensure that every hour of your time becomes focused.

Take advantage of your situation

Running your own business does take time. However, as master of your own destiny you have the distinct advantage of being able to use your time more effectively by tailoring it to your own needs.

Try blocking out every hour of your time so that it is specifically tailored towards achieving a goal, whether this is activity related to your current business, or on achieving tasks to expand your business or a personal goal, such as being a great parent.

By sticking to this plan your working hours will be better spent and this will help you to shut the door on the office by minimising the overlap between your working life and your personal one.

Time management is the simplest of solutions to the modern day problem of work/life balance. It has a real impact on sales and growth. It costs nothing to implement and is dependant on one thing; yourself.

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