Is your business ruling your life? It’s time to balance it out.
It’s common for entrepreneurs to struggle with the whole work/life balance dilemma. You love working. You love what you do. So why wouldn’t you want to do it 7 days a week, 18 hours a day?
You’ll be exhausted. You’ll lose your edge. You’ll burn out. You’ll go insane…to name a few reasons.
Being an entrepreneur is a marathon, not a sprint. And balance is crucial to being able to function at your peak for long periods of time.
Taking a step away and focusing your energy on something else just may allow you to come up with something that will transform your business or take it to the next level.
If you’re spending a large portion of your time doing tasks that someone else can do as well or better than you, it’s time to start delegating. You can find great virtual assistants on sites like Elance.com and oDesk.com. That will free up your time so you can add a little balance back in.
It’s ok to take a few hours, or even an entire day off during the weekend. Go outside. Spend some time with your family and friends. Enjoy life. You’ll be much happier and more productive.
Hi, I am JP Stonestreet, the new business energizer. What a beautiful day it was here in Denver, Colorado. Amelia and I took Daisy for a 6-mile walk along the High Line Canal Trail this afternoon. It was gorgeous; 58 degrees, sunny, no wind, absolutely beautiful. In fact, we even saw our first wildflowers of the season. Spring is finally sprung. One of the things we talked about on our walk, Amelia told me that I needed to take the day off and I mostly agree, though I am filming this video, but I don’t really think of this as work so much. So, one of the things we talked about was the ability to balance in your life. You got to have balance in your life. On the mastermind call I was on, on Friday, a couple of the entrepreneurs, very successful entrepreneurs, were talking about how they work like 18 hours a day. They love what they do, they are very successful at what they do, but they are feeling a little bit burned out, little overwhelmed and they don’t feel like they have a lot of time for themselves or their personal life. It’s a very common problem that us entrepreneurs have because we do love what we do and there is always more to be done than there is time to do it and one of the most important things that you can do as an entrepreneur is balance your time. You have to make time for yourself and your family and your friends and your loved ones or you won’t have them for very long and so that’s what Amelia and I did. I took most of the weekend off. I generally work 6 to 7 days a week, not full days on the weekend, but at least partial days on the weekend and it’s so important. She is absolutely right. I needed to take some time off to clear my mind and I have lots of ideas floating around in my head and I needed to clear my mind and step away from it for a little bit to kind of figure out what’s most important and what I should prioritize, and going on a long walk with Amelia and Daisy on a beautiful Colorado day is one really good way of doing that. At least it works really well for me. Something may be completely different for you. You may want to go surfing depending on where you live or skiing or do something outdoors or something with your friends and your family and just enjoy some time away from work and now hopefully Amelia will hurry up and get ready so that we can go enjoy our evening at YaYa’s. We are going to go have some appetizers and drinks at YaYa’s this evening to cap off our weekend, our Sunday evening. So, until next time, I am JP Stonestreet, the new business energizer.