Balancing your personal life and work will help you become more productive and will reduce wear and stress.
Having a life outside of work is sometimes too difficult for busy entrepreneurs and professionals. But work and no play not only leads to a boring and unsatisfying personal life; it can also affect your physical and mental health.
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If you are busy all day and all night, your personal life and relationships may be suffering. To be happy and successful in and out of work, you need to balance your time.
Having a personal life by providing peace of mind and can radically improve your productivity. Start by keeping your smartphone for a minute or two and ask yourself these 10 questions to have a balance in life and work:
What do I really want in my personal life?
Knowing what you hope to accomplish in your personal life is as critical as it clearly define the goals of your business or job. Studies show that people who write down their goals and share them with their friends have 33 percent more likely to achieve them than those who do not.
Start by creating and documenting specifics, short and long term for the main aspects of your non-work life including health, relationships, travel plans, hobbies and goals, and check them every week. Set realistic steps to achieve each goal.
Successful people display their personal and professional visionaries on boards, which are collages of images and statements related to their dreams and goals that makes them happy. So, hang your board where you can see it, like your desktop or in your bathroom mirror.
How I can organize my home and keep it that way?
Think and create an organized discipline. Start by getting rid of digitizing your paper documents. It is highly suggested to keep your workspace free of “useless things”. The items you should only have on your desktop are: a notepad with your lists, and to make notes, the monitor of your computer and your phone.
Also, choose a drawer in your house per day to organize either your bedroom, kitchen or anywhere. All areas of your home need to have a specific goal, so if you have areas that are not sorted, it is time to get to work.
How often should I check my emails?
Treat your email as your email. Empty it once a day and immediately categorize each piece. How? Pulling, delegating or attending. Empty your inbox as in zero emails. This way, you will be free of worries.
How can I be there for my friends and family while I run my business?
The answer is based on common sense and meticulous organization. Start by clearly communicating your schedule to your loved ones. Let them know when you are available for them and when not. Also, consider personal events and emergencies that require your full attention. These are fairly obvious: birthdays, anniversaries, funerals, etc..
There will be times when you need to drop everything and be there for your loved ones. Therefore it is important that you are flexible and open to change.
When should I ‘disconnect’ from my smartphone?
To enjoy more and better connect with the people you care about, do something radical: keep your phone when you are with them.
Put your phone on silent and ignore it. Devote 100 percent of your attention to the person you are talking with. Do not be afraid to ask the other person to save your phone.
How can I maintain a healthy, satisfying and happy relationship with my partner?
There is no magic formula, but you can rekindle the flame and keep the romance by spending quality time together once or twice a week. Cancel some appointment and you will give the other person the message that is something that is a priority in your life.
How can I restructure the mundane tasks?
Plan carefully any recurring slope you cannot outsource, like laundry, paying bills, or going to the supermarket. Use calendars to organize these tasks, such as Google Calendar or any other app. For example, set a time and day to wash and store clothes. And stick to it.
It may sound too radical, but scheduling can all be very wise. Doing so will help you maximize the time to practice hobbies, exercising or even inspire you to generate new ideas for your business.
How can I maximize my sleep?
Sleep is what you used to do before starting your startup. You can fall asleep faster and stay relaxed for a long time by turning off all your electronic devices one hour before bedtime.
Never take your smartphone or tablet to bed because studies show that melatonin suppressed illuminated displays, causing insomnia. Instead, read a book not related to the business or listen to soothing music. Also, another benefit of getting rid of technology in bed is that it generates a greater intimacy.
How can I exercise if I think I’m so busy?
It is very difficult to have a good personal life if you feel sick or tired. Treat your body like your business. Invest time and effort to keep it healthy and strong. Schedule workouts and add healthy foods to your diet. So you get rid of a few extra kilos, disease and stress and anxiety. Consider some of these workouts for busy people: Crossfit, Insanity or Time Crunch Workout.
Is there something like a working holiday?
Most owners of startups that invest every fiber of his being to launch and run a business, usually cannot be switched off completely during the holidays.
However, separate few days a year, or a weekend, to give you a break. If you do not, you may suffer from wear, depression and fatigue. Depending on your availability and budget, go to the beach or a cabin in the woods or stay at home from work for a few days.
Before you take a break, make sure you decide whether or not you will check your emails and how often. Or better yet: do not check out. Send this job to a colleague or employee in which you trust and live the life you deserve.