It’s so easy to get completely wrapped up in the world that is your small business.
You have your to-do list.
Your have your bills to pay, and clients to bill.
And before you know it, you forget about all of the non-work related things you wanted to accomplish this year. “What happened?” you ask yourself? “Where did the time go?”
It’s important to remember to cultivate a life outside your small business. So today, we’re going to talk about how you can be more mindful about doing just that.
Make Time Each Morning For You
It’s tempting to launch head-first into work every morning, but many small business owners have learned that starting the morning off with “me time” and exercise is a simple way to ease into the workday while making health a priority.
Whether it’s a morning walk with the dog, a short yoga class, or even a few moments of meditation practice, this deliberate, non-business time helps business owners remember to stay healthy—and even helps them organize their thoughts before jumping into work.
Schedule Vacation Time
It sounds strange to actually schedule vacation time, but business owners know that if something isn’t on the calendar, it’s probably not going to happen. Regular vacation time keeps you from feeling burnt out with work-related tasks, and can help give your brain a creative re-boot, too.
Try to pencil in a few days away from the office throughout the year where you actually unplug from work. No email-checking, no worrying about deadlines. Give yourself some time to rest, recharge, and fully relax.
Know When to Hire Help
Small business owners have a tendency to want to do it all. And that’s fine... until it’s not. Knowing when to hire help means knowing when to save your sanity—and your relationships.
Scaling up and hiring help for your business sounds intimidating, but most biz owners will tell you that once they did it, it was they best decision they ever made. Plus, hiring help means you have more time to lead your business (instead of being stuck down in the daily details.)
Find an Extracurricular Activity
When you’re not at work, find some ways to give back to your community or get active. Join a local service club, a book club, or start an exercise class that helps keep you physically challenged. These mental and psychical challenges are not only good for your brain and body, but they help balance what might be a sedentary day at your business.
Plus, when you’re engaged with your community and cultivate a life beyond your business, you remember that there’s more to life than work. And really, that’s something we easily forget. It happens.
Making books a regular part of your life means that you’re constantly learning. And even if you’re reading for business or pleasure, you’ll be helping your writing and speaking skills at the same time, too.
Reading is a great way to keep your brain stretchy and creative—and since many of us get stuck doing repetitive tasks day in and out, books help mix things up. You’ll increase your vocabulary, have more to talk about at dinnertime, and will constantly have a new world to explore in your mind, real or imagined.
Make It Important
The bottom line: You have to remember that your life outside your business is important. If you don’t, it can easily slip to the bottom of your to-do list, and then you can get yourself into a lot of hot water.
Make it a priority to cultivate your non-work life, too.