Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just put all the hours you needed to into working every day, come home, eat a nice meal, take a warm bath, and get some sleep? I know there are times where many of us at BottomLinewish for days that go that smoothly. Unfortunately, trying to balance life and work is two or three times harder for an entrepreneur or someone who is self-employed than an individual who works a traditional 9 to 5 job.
Why is it harder?
That person working that traditional 9 to 5 job has a consistent schedule. Chances are pretty good that they have a routine that remains unchanged. They probably have scheduled meal times and go to bed at about the same time every night. Entrepreneurs do not get that luxury. Hours are sporadic and tend to change from one day to the next. Often times they do not really know what is going to happen tomorrow. Many of us at BottomLine, even though we do have a schedule tend to have projects that keep us late or start early.
How can you be better balanced?
To be honest, it’s something that you have to force yourself to do at first. One thing we’ve noticed is that a lot of self-employed individuals spend a lot more of their waking hours working than doing anything else. While that is perfectly fine, you have to find time to take a break. Now, to an entrepreneur sometimes taking a break from working is getting up to do the dishes or to do a few loads of laundry. It is perfectly fine to use a break to deal with life from time to time. However, it is important that you also take breaks just for the sake of taking a break. You have to sit down and relax. If you are constantly going all the time, you are going to burn yourself out in time and be unwilling to continue.
Will it affect your work if you don’t take a break?
100% yes; absolutely it will! We at BottomLine are forced (we say forced with love!) to take at least a short break daily along with a minimum of one day off per week (even if it’s our craziest busiest time). Our President is great at helping pick up the slack if someone needs time off and recognizes that everyone needs a break to stay fresh and get their job completed. She also realizes that if one doesn’t take breaks as needed, their balance, whether it’s personal or work related will fall out of whack…and what that happens it’s very difficult to get back on track.
So do yourself a favor and take some time for yourself! Find a way to achieve that balance between work and home life! Your work and your family will thank you for it!
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