Find work and life balance in 2014

December 19, 2013

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It is the season to look back at the past year. Here’s my big learning: As much as I love being busy, I also love having time off to spend time with family and friends. It has been tricky to find a balance between being the busy entrepreneur and the relaxed friend.

Are you like me and feel it is wrong to relax while working hard to get your business off the ground, recognized and successful? Then read on and know these three good reasons why every business owner, community founder and entrepreneur should take time to do just that: relax.

Your reasons to relax

1.   Focus

People that never unwind get stress and stress reduces their attention span. Unfinished tasks are then creating more stress and so you start creating a downward stress spiral.

When you aren’t stressed, you’re able to focus on the work in front of you. There is evidence that living with less stress improves your memory. More focus leads to making smart decisions and not costly mistakes.

2.   Health

Studies have proven that stress for a longer period of time increases your appetite, which can lead to weight gain. Moreover, stress lowers your immune system, increasing your chances of getting headaches, back pains, flu, and more dramatically.

3.   Lost time

Missing important milestones in your family and friend’s lives can never be replaced. You may feel sad and left out when you are with family and cannot join the conversation about a cousin’s wedding, because you were too busy.

How do you find the time?

Be disciplined. Go ahead and schedule a night with your husband or girls’ night out. Once it is scheduled, you will proactively focus more on your work because you want to be done in time! It’s a clever trick to manage your time. There are more tricks, such as separating your loads of laundry instead of doing the entire batch on your free day.

To keep your health, exercise is always an important component of any healthy lifestyle. A workout every Wednesday night will become part of your routine and take up less time as you thought before you started. Exercising boosts your energy level and ability to concentrate.

Most importantly, stay realistic. Schedule appointments for exercise and friends on days that are traditionally less busy in your business.

What works for me is to have a set time for my family, such as Saturday evening and Sunday morning. And when I have the chance to cook during the week, I often ask my husband to join me. Not only is preparing dinner relaxing for me, it is also a great time to share my day’s highlights.

My 2014 wish for all entrepreneurs, business owners and community organizers is to find a healthy lifestyle that fits them!

Author

Lisette Andreyko

Lisette is the founder of Kaleidoscope and is passionate about start-up leadership, personal growth and women in business (and psst.. about tea!). She enjoys connecting with small businesses through her network. You can find her on LinkedIn.