Global Success Coach and Business Strategist Kimmie Wong understands that a good work/life balance can be a difficult thing to get right. Particularly when you are an entrepreneur, it can be hard to know how to switch off from everything. But it is possible – and not only that, it’s necessary, too. In order to be the best businesswoman you can be, you have to give yourself the time to unwind and destress. Kimmie explains how.
Being a successful entrepreneur is all about working smarter – not harder. But with so much responsibility to shoulder, this can sometimes feel like an impossible goal to aim for. Planning out your time effectively can help you fit everything you need into your days. It may seem like a waste of valuable minutes and hours, but good planning is actually key to productivity.
If you can, try and set working hours for yourself, too, and make sure you plan everything for within those hours.
Good planning also means you need to learn to prioritise. When you run your own business, it often feels like there are a million things that are all vying for your attention at once. So, it’s important to work out which tasks are most urgent. For some entrepreneurs, sales calls will be at the top of their list. For others, branding, social media and advertising will be of the utmost importance.
Set clear goals
It can be all too easy to lose sight of the little victories as a busy entrepreneur. However, setting clear, manageable goals can help you to feel satisfied with your progress and switch off. It may seem like a small step, but acknowledging and ticking off your progress can help you to feel accomplished at the end of the day, and it makes your downtime feel earned
Create a workspace
If you run your business from home, then you will probably agree that trying to relax in the same space that you work isn’t all that easy. There needs to be a separation between your professional and personal life, in order for you to really recharge after a busy day. So, if possible, set up a dedicated workspace, which you only visit when you have work to do – and make sure you leave it as soon as your workday is over.
Value your downtime
Most importantly, you have to learn to value your downtime. Sometimes, when you have so much on your plate, the idea of closing your laptop at the end of the day can make you feel lazy or guilty. But unless you give yourself the rest and relaxation you need, you won’t be able to work at full capacity the following day. Getting adequate rest is not lazy. In fact, it’s necessary for success.