No-one ever said that being an entrepreneur was easy. It’s well known to be a demanding but rewarding choice, with small business owners often giving most of their time, a lot of hard work and a fair amount of sacrifice to get their enterprise off the ground. If you have started a business, then you’re probably already used to the feeling of juggling lots of competing priorities, burning the candle at both ends to get everything done and looking at a to-do list which never seems to get any smaller. However, we are human beings, not robots, and if you don’t learn to introduce some balance to your day, your health will end up suffering. Any successful businessperson has learnt the lesson – often the hard way – that there have to be boundaries in place in order for you and your company to prosper. But just how do you find more balance in your working days?
Maximise Your Time With Logic
You may not be able to create more than 24 hours in a day, but you can certainly become smarter about how you use the time you have available. First of all, work out when you are at your most productive. For many people, this tends to be in the morning, due to their circadian rhythms. Allocate this time to work on deep-dive projects which require focus and creative input. Resist the temptation to check emails until after your most productive time, otherwise you’ll get dragged off into things which you can deal with when you aren’t quite so focused. Use a prioritisation matrix to decide which five tasks are the most important for the day – don’t make your list so long you have no hope of completing it, as that is demotivating.
Create The Right Environment
Whether you work from home or have a hot desking space, or even rent your own business premises, creating an environment which makes you more productive is a great idea. This can be as simple as making sure your environment is the correct temperature, that the walls are painted a great colour and that your office is somewhere you actually want to spend time. Invest in good office storage solutions to make sure that clutter isn’t slowing you down and draining your mental energy. If you work mainly alone from your home, consider breaking up the week by finding a local coffee shop with Wi-Fi where you can take a working break. Some people even find that a white noise machine can be helpful to help them get more work done and sustain concentration.
Acknowledge Your Limits
No one can do it all alone, so if it’s time to expand and think about consolidated staffing, then make sure you do. Recruiting new hires is time-consuming, but in the long run, not having the right people around will slow you down and stop your business from being able to expand. Work with a recruitment professional to find great candidates and have them screened for you with all the relevant legal checks to make the whole process smooth. Bringing an expert into your business will always pay off.