How to get – and keep – balance
Five tips for entrepreneurs battling to juggle work and personal time
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