Like many entrepreneurs, you may have an all-consuming passion for what you do, making it difficult to switch off and concentrate on other aspects of your life. However, it’s important to make sure you find time to do other things that make you feel happy and more energised.
Living a healthier, balanced life will revitalise you, allowing you to approach your workload with a fresh mindset. Here are a few tips on how to start re-evaluating your schedule to fit in some all-important ‘me’ time.
If you’re drowning under a mountain of paperwork, or never seem to be on top of your schedule, then it’s time to get organised. Eliminating clutter and chaos will give you a lot more free time.
In order to start achieving a work-life balance, you need to be aware of where you are going wrong. Write down some goals for what you need to accomplish to achieve your ideal life, and then look at ways to cull unproductivity and free up some more time for yourself.
Improve your sleep
It’s really important to get the right amount of sleep every night if you want to work efficiently. Getting 6 to 8 hours a night will make you look and feel healthier; your organs will work better and you’ll appear more youthful.
If you have problems drifting off, improve your sleep with a late-night snack. Studies show that a healthy snack of nuts, bananas, or dairy helps with morning alertness. Also, cut down on your alcohol intake, as it stops you from reaching those important deeper stages of sleep when the body does most of its healing.
It’s easy to push exercise to the bottom of your priorities list when you have a hectic, jam-packed work schedule. However, regular exercise boosts your energy levels and ability to concentrate, meaning that in the long run it will actually help you to get more done. Try getting up half an hour earlier in the mornings to slot in a run, or discover a new hobby by signing up to a dance or exercise class.
Make a date with yourself
Even if it just means switching off all your electronics (including your phone!) and silently focusing on your breathing for 10 minutes, it’s really important to factor some pure ‘me’ time into your weekly schedule. Try to make this something you really enjoy so that you’re more likely to stick with it. Curl up with your favourite book, have your own personal film night or free up some time to start that new activity that you’ve always wanted to try.
Make time for friends and family
By reconnecting with your friends and family, you’ll become much happier in yourself. Not only will you be distracted from your work woes, but you’ll also have plenty of sympathetic ears surrounding you, ready to offer support.
Make it a goal to call a couple of the most important people in your life every weekend, schedule in a date night with your spouse, or book a show or sports event with your friends to give you something to look forward to.
Take time to meet someone new
Finding someone to share your passions, your worries and your laughter with will help take a massive strain off your life. If you want to connect with new people who share the same interests as you, or if you’re looking to settle down and find the perfect partner, why not try internet dating with a site such as eHarmony (http://www.eharmony.co.uk/)?
Online dating sites give you a great opportunity to meet people and set up dates with singles who could potentially become that special person in your life. You can even elect to meet only other professionals so you can be sure you will understand each other’s busy schedules.
Although it’s great to be passionate about what you do and to put a lot of time and effort into your work, it’s important to focus on the other aspects of your life as well. Even small changes to your lifestyle can make it healthier and more balanced, which in turn will boost your mood and your energy. Follow these simple tips and you’ll soon feel revitalised and ready to approach your workload with a new improved mindset.
Laura Alfonsin has a Bachelor in Advertisement and more than 5 years of experience in online marketing. You can reach her on Twitter: @lalauncensored