How to get – and keep – bal­ance

Five tips for en­trepreneurs bat­tling to jug­gle work and per­sonal time

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or after the work day, or a ses­sion at the gym, time spent get­ting some fresh air or do­ing some form of ex­er­cise is one of the best reme­dies for en­trepreneurs to main­tain bal­ance.

By stick­ing to a reg­u­lar ex­er­cise regime, both the mind and body are kept healthy, which en­sures en­trepreneurs con­tinue to per­form at the top of their game.

No man is an is­land

Keep­ing healthy per­sonal and pro­fes­sional re­la­tion­ships is vi­tal to suc­cess.

En­trepreneurs rely on their net­works to build their brand and business and, as such, they need to make a con­scious ef­fort to build and main­tain th­ese net­works – ei­ther through so­cial me­dia, reg­u­lar so­cial­is­ing or pro­fes­sional networking at in­dus­try events and talks.

Stay grounded with fam­ily

Fam­ily time is of­ten the first thing to be sac­ri­ficed when faced with lim­ited avail­able time in a day. If en­trepreneurs are to strike a bal­ance, they need to pri­ori­tise fam­ily time. Fam­ily can play a vi­tal role in be­ing an en­tre­pre­neur’s rock and their con­sis­tent, hon­est, feed­back is of­ten an un­der­rated as­set.

Re­lax, re­flect and read

En­trepreneurs can use the hours, after nor­mal business op­er­a­tions have closed, for self-de­vel­op­ment by com­mit­ting to read at least one chap­ter or ar­ti­cle, on top­ics out­side their gen­eral business in­ter­ests. Th­ese can be books, jour­nals or in­dus­try pub­li­ca­tions, new perspectives or marketing ap­proaches, or dif­fer­ent skills like how to use a new soft­ware that the en­tre­pre­neur wishes to learn.

Plan and sys­temise

One of the best ways an en­tre­pre­neur can strive for ef­fi­ciency is to sys­temise the business as much as pos­si­ble to free up time to deal with prob­lems. Many en­trepreneurs credit their pro­duc­tiv­ity and ef­fi­ciency in the of­fice to this ac­tiv­ity, which to some forms the back­bone of their day.

In a highly com­pet­i­tive econ­omy, where en­trepreneurs need to be extra dili­gent about the time they ded­i­cate to business op­er­a­tions in or­der to be suc­cess­ful, it is im­por­tant to plan their daily rou­tine to in­cor­po­rate bal­ance and avoid burn-out.

Ben Bier­man is the managing director at Business Part­ners Lim­ited

Ben Bier­man

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