Balance Personal Life with Your Online Business
Between finding time for ourselves, our families, loved ones and our businesses, we sometimes get caught in a juggling act to balance it all. As Internet marketers we’re especially vulnerable to having an erratic schedule and long hours that we must devote to our dream of building a business we can be proud of, and that will support our families.
We may find ourselves stressed beyond the point of being able to cope, and may develop a resentment toward others – especially those close to us. Add a floundering economy, higher prices for everything and financial stress, the cauldron and you have the makings for a brew that could push you to the edge.
An online business can be a huge mental challenge – and very rewarding, but you might neglect your personal life because of it and that could cause huge problems.
If you find yourself struggling with balancing your personal life and your business, here are a few suggestions for preventing an unbalanced situation and establishing a balanced personal life:
- Prioritize – When you prioritize your list of things to do (both personal and business), you can better manage your work and reduce the stress that happens when you’re overloaded and overwhelmed.
By prioritizing your tasks you can identify those that need immediate attention, those you can put off and those that are completely unnecessary. Then, you can begin to check those tasks off your list, knowing that you’re doing them in the most effective order.
One of the things I suggest to those having a difficult time balancing personal life with entrepreneurship is to pare down your constantly full inboxes – unsubscribe from marketers and others who are not offering you value.
We sometimes think that we have to listen to every successful marketer out there in order to know everything about making money online. You know which ones you’re getting the most out of – keep those and unsubscribe from the rest.
You’ll be amazed at how that simple act can reduce the size of your inbox and how much more you can get done.
- Plan –Effective planning and organization is essential to maintaining a balance in personal and business matters. When you have a schematic that shows you how to get from A to Z, and what you have to do to get there, you’ll be better able to prioritize the tasks you need to complete the journey.
In your personal life, you can learn to delegate some tasks to others and in business, you can create shortcuts or manage your time in a more effective manner.
- Just say ‘No!’ – This is one of the most difficult things to do for me, and I’m sure there are others out there who feel the same way. We sometimes take on much more than we can physically or mentally handle because we just can’t say ‘No!’
For me, it’s just a matter of practice. Once you get the hang of saying that word, it becomes easier. You’ve got to consider what’s important to you and what might push you to the overload and overwhelmed cliff.
Saying ‘No!’ can solve a lot of your balancing life and business problems.
- Stop multi-tasking– Some people brag about and are proud of how they can multi-task to get things done. Realistically, it can be distracting and the result is that you’re not focused on any one task because you’re too distracted.
It’s best if you finish one task and then move on to the next. I’ve actually implemented the white board system where I have all the tasks I want to accomplish that day on the left, and bring over the most important task to the right that I need to get done first. ONLY ONE task. When that is accomplished, I erase it and bring over the next most important task – keeps me on track. :)
- Don’t forget yourself – In the challenge of attempting to balance your personal life with business ventures, you must put yourself on the list and schedule true personal time.
During the time you schedule for yourself, make it uplifting and relaxing. Read a book, listen to music or take a walk – anything that can restore your mental peace of mind.
For me, my first priority in the morning (before tackling any “To Do” List) is to spend time reading my Bible and praying. This helps me to focus on my purpose and why I do what I do. I recommend giving importance to your spiritual growth as this is tremendously important, and actually aids your physical and mental growth, producing balance.
These five tips for balancing your personal and business life may seem simplistic and common sense, but they’re the main elements that will keep you centered. If you leave out one or more of them, you can create a web of resentment that might endanger your relationships and the success of your online business.
Take these tips to heart and take a few minutes to find your own to reduce the stress and restore balance to your life.