5 Top Ways to Balance Personal Life with Your Online Business

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.

Balance Personal Life with Your Online BusinessAn 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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.
  1. 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!’
    Balance Personal Life with Your Online Business
    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.
  1. 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.  :)
  1. 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.

5 Top Ways to Balance Personal Life with Your Online Business

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.

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  • Clyde

    I could not agree with you more if I had writtent this myself.

    Prioritizing does not seem to be a problem with me but that planning thing is rough. I have a complete training course on setting and reaching goals that came about due to my problem with the subject and trying to solve it.

    I am like you in the “just say no” area. Some times I even know I should say no and still try to figure out how I can fit it in. Bad mistake but, I am, like you, learning once you start saying no it does get easier.

    All I have to say about multi tasking is DON’T. A very smart person once told me a computer can’t even multi task. It just does one thing at a time but does it so fast it appears to be doing more than one.

    Starting the day with The Word and prayer. I have let that slip from time to time and boy did I regret that. Not only did I regret it personally I got very little accomplished that day.

    I wish I had read these tips several years ago. My life would have taken a different course.

    Thank you so much for your wisdom and giving spirit,

    • http://ccamato.net Carol Amato

      Hello Clyde,

      Thanks so much for your kind words, and for taking the time to share your thoughts and opinions about this most important topic.

      Transparency is key, and I appreciate you sharing your struggles and how you over came them, as this will help others. We all struggle at different levels with different things, but we are basically in the same boat.

      You are very welcome – I certainly enjoy what I do and am growing and learning along with the rest of you. :-)
      Have a wonderful weekend.
      – Carol

  • Cherrylene

    Hi Carol,

    I love this blog! You are right work and personal life should be balance. Especially if you have a family. I can relate to the Just Say “NO!” and Don’t Forget Yourself ways.Most of the time you will forget about yourself because of being busy with work. We should have a time of our self so that we will stay away from stress and to stay young and beautiful just like you.. :)

    Keep it up! :)

    • http://ccamato.net Carol Amato

      Hi Cherrylene!

      I am so glad that you are enjoying my blog, that’s the goal! :-) Some of these issues are ongoing struggles for me, but I push through and grow forward.

      Thanks for your kind words, they are much appreciated. :-)
      Have a blessed weekend.
      – Carol

  • dan

    hi Carol,yes Sometimes it is difficult finding time for yourself as for your loved ones especially when your business is trying to grow putting on a lot of hrs of work is essential although you should not forget that you also have a life to continue with,not everything is your business.

    Great Post,thanks


    • http://ccamato.net Carol Amato

      Hello Dan,

      Balance is a continual challenge that we must get the victory on! I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

      Enjoy your weekend! :-)

      – Carol

  • Steven Stuart

    Hi Carol,

    Very good advice, especially concerning multi-tasking. That never worked for me anyway.

    Prioritizing is definitely a good idea, and I’m finding that the older I get, the easier it is to say no to a lot of things.

    I’ve been on a mission since the first of the year to clean out my inbox, but I’ve found that you have to unsubscribe repeatedly to finally get off of some lists.

    My problem with working is I maybe do too much of it (My wife says I border on obsession), but actually working on my business is very relaxing to me.

    My wife and I have recently started attending church again after not going for many years, and it does really bring a lot of balance to your life.

    Thanks for everything, Carol. – Steve

    • http://ccamato.net Carol Amato

      Hello Steven!

      I’ve had a similar experience, Steven, as I’ve learned how to communicate in a way that will result in a balanced life for myself and for those I love.

      I hear you on the inbox thing – I can relate. So happy to hear you’re back in church – what a blessing. :-) We are all made up of three parts: body, soul, and spirit. Neglecting one or the other is a recipe for disaster.

      Have a blessed weekend and let me know if you have any questions.

      – Carol

  • Donald Thomas

    HI Carol, Like your post! Like this business, it’s all in the list. You do have to set priorities and you do have to have a list. I find that if I dont have a task or a “to do” list set up I am flying by the seat of my pants. As far as the multi-tasking it’s like an adrenaline rush and its a challenge for me to stay focused on one thing at a time. But I find that when I do I do get more done. I really do need to take care of that in-box!!!(Haven’t we been through this before):>)

    Working full time while getting this business off the ground has been a challenge! I have had to force myself to take one day a week to relax because there is always something pulling me saying you need to do this, you need to learn that. There is a reason God said “6 days shalt thou work..” It’s called burnout! Gotta recharge your batteries. And I NEVER leave my driveway without prayer first thing in the A.M. EVER!!

    Thanks Carol for this wonderful post and letting me have my say!


    • http://ccamato.net Carol Amato

      Hi Donald!

      I couldn’t agree more! You work very hard throughout the week, and it is important to have some down time. :-) Having said that, there is always room to squeeze out more time to devote to business – i.e., cutting out TV, etc.

      Prayer is the key, that’s awesome. :-)

      I think we all struggle with keeping a clean inbox, but if we are to feel organized and be productive, it is a necessity to keep working at it.

      I hope you have a fantastic weekend and thanks for coming by to share your thoughts.
      – Carol

  • http://ruth-clark.com Ruth Clark

    Hi Carol,

    love the new look!
    If I were superstitious (which I am not, don’t believe in it) I would say I’m jinxed. Every time I plan, get the white-board, etc, I get sick. Then I’m so far behind it’s unnerving and I have to start over. After a few “start-overs” I’m disgusted with the whole thing for at least a few minutes…:)

    When this happens I go to the shop and quilt! Leave it! I am not successful as far as Internet Marketing goes. And, I don’t think it’s for lack of trying, I think it’s for lack of focus. I lose focus and illness takes so much out of me I have to come back slowly. I guess I’ll just keep plugging away…

    Have a great week-end!

    • http://ccamato.net Carol Amato

      Hello Ruth!

      Oh that is really weird! I’m sorry you’ve had to deal with that. Well, it’s a layering process for all of us, I think, and I really like your attitude.

      When you have a little time to read, you may enjoy: http://www.carolamato.com/?s=stay+focused&submit.x=0&submit.y=0

      Have a great weekend. :)

      – Carol

  • Geri

    Focus is my biggest problem. Saying “NO” over the years has become very easy for me. Sometimes “NO” is a knee jerk reaction now, because sometimes I could say “YES”, but don’t. I always get up in the morning and write down the tasks that I want to accomplish that day. Doesn’t always happen,especially if I am learning something new, but that doesn’t discourage me. As long as I feel like I’m making progress, I’m Okay with it. It’s the days that I feel like I was spinning my wheels that get to me!!! I hate those days!! You have to just take the bull by the horns and say to yourself “I can do this” and eventually you will.

    • http://ccamato.net Carol Amato

      Hi Geri!

      It’s interesting how we grow throughout our lives in different areas, and we never get too old to grow and learn.

      Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts. :)

      Take Care,

  • Adrian

    Thanks Carol for sharing this ways to balance personal life. It really help me a lot. =)

    • http://carolamato.com Carol Amato

      You are welcome, Adrian.

      Thanks for stopping by. :-)
      – Carol