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IS Work/Life Balance
Possible for Successful
Business Owners? 

If you’re going to run a successful business, can you have work/life balance, or must you do whatever it takes?

 

If you’re going to run a successful business, can you have work/life balance, or must you do whatever it takes?

 

I love this question! Usually, this question is phrased like this:

“Pamela, I’m confused. You talk about work/life balance, you tell stories about meditating every day, and yet you also say ‘you have to be willing to commit, and do whatever it takes.’ So which is it?”

The answer is… (drumroll) BOTH.

Here’s how this works.

I believe that you set your business, and life, up to regularly have work/life balance. So for me, that’s meditating every day, exercising every day, and taking weekends off.

Then, sometimes, you do whatever it takes.

Sometimes I run a webinar or an event over a weekend, so I am working on a weekend. Sometimes I get up at 4am to get on a plane, and my meditation is 10 minutes later in the day rather than 40 minutes in the morning. But that’s not the norm. That’s a once-in-a-while thing.

I look at it this way: If you had a friend who went into the hospital, or had a rough patch for a few days, you might be spending several hours every night with that person. That’s not normal for you, it’s what you do when someone important to you has a short-term need.

Sometimes your business has a short-term need, and you’ll need to honor that need. But if you find yourself walking away from work-life balance frequently, it’s time to re-evaluate.

So here are two simple steps to help you apply this:

First, decide what’s important to you

What does ‘work/life balance’ look like to you?

Craft your ideal day, and your ideal week on paper so you can start scheduling your work/life balance elements. How many hours do you work? What are the non-negotiables in your downtime?

Second, Determine what the minimum threshold is for you to start re-evaluating what’s going on?

For example, if you want to end work every day at 6pm, but you’re finding yourself at your desk until 8pm once a month, that might be acceptable. Maybe even 3 nights in a week is OK, IF it’s only one week every few months. But if you’re there 3 nights a week every week, that’s too much. Only you know what that threshold is, where you either need to re-evaluate what you’re doing (do you need to work smarter, and not harder?) or what you’re committed to from a work/life balance perspective.

Knowing these two things can help you to balance a lifestyle that you want, with the occasional demands of running a business that affects that lifestyle.

Craft these two, then share with me on Facebook what YOUR work/life balance and minimum threshold look like!  I won’t read it until next week though – I’m on vacation this week 🙂