The Importance Of Work-Life-Balance And How You Should Apply It To Your Life
I cannot stress enough how important it is to balance your work life and your down time. You need a personal life that is as fulfilling as running your own business. Why? Because the happier you are personally, the happier you’ll be professionally, and happy people are successful people. You run your business doing what you love; now live a life you love, as well.
I learned early on the importance of setting boundaries to protect my personal life, even though I’m a business owner. In fact I have made three very important, conscious choices from which I will not deviate.
- I will live close to nature, so I can walk in the woods everyday.
- I will have a garden, so I can enjoy growing my own vegetables and sitting on the terrace to eat dinner when—occasionally—the weather is nice in Denmark.
- I will take time to meditate, cultivate my spirituality and learn new things everyday.
Now, let’s talk about you. I will be very clear:
- There is no need for you to stress or worry in business.
- There is no need for you to commute everyday to an office.
- There is no need for you to conform to a fixed set of ideas.
The information era is here, and you can design a business just as you like. All it takes is for you to educate yourself, keep an open mind, and collaborate. The latter is the most important. Never think you can do this alone. You can’t. (And, it’s much more fun to collaborate with others anyway!)
So, let’s collaborate! Right here! Right now!
First, have you made some life rules that you keep to? No? Good. Here’s your first challenge—don’t worry! It’ll be fun!
Put on a pair of walking shoes and go for a walk. Think about what really makes you happy in your life and what you want more of. Then, and this one might give you a tiny smack on the head, think about how much time do you spend doing what makes you happy. Not so much?
Huh? Again, don’t worry. Here’s the fun part: Now, think about what makes you happy, what would you like your business to give you, and how you can tie those two things together.
Voila! You have some very important answers to what many consider to be some of life’s most complicated questions. You might find that you, like me, are right where you want to be… but maybe there are some things that could be much better.
Maybe that is the reason why you want to start a business. Or, you might find that you are not happy with hardly any aspect of your professional and personal life, and that’s actually a great place to be, too, because you have the power to change that.
Here’s how you’re going to do that.
Make a short list of no more than 10 things you desire, and hang it somewhere you will see it everyday.
If you’re having trouble coming up with a list, think about your life and your business as if they were a garden. If you were to plant a garden, you determine which plants you like best, how much care they need and so on. The same approach applies here, as does keeping a “gardener” mentality.
Having a list of the things you want, makes it much easier to detect when a weed is popping up. What are weeds? They are things, situations, or even people that you do not want to be there, and you can identify them and pull them out with determination. “No stinging nettles in my vegetable patch, thank you very much!”
If you’ve ever gardened, however, you also know that you need to maintain your plants to prevent future weeds from destroying your crop. This takes discipline, so make some rules that you will apply to yourself, both in your personal life and, more importantly, in running your business.
When writing your rulebook, include the following:
- Always consider the things you say yes to thoroughly before you say yes.
- Try new things in bite sizes without committing in advance. It’s you who decides. It’s your business.
- Some people like big flowery gardens; others just want a few pots of herbs. It is up to you what, and how much, you want to do in your business.
If you’re serious about starting your own business and/or growing your existing one, make both of these lists as soon as possible. These set important boundaries, establish crucial goals, and help you envision the bliss you deserve in both your professional and personal life, which will motivate you better to see your garden through to its fruition.
Remember when I said you can’t do this alone? The best part of any business is community, so please send me your lists! I love getting emails from my followers. Even better, share your lists and other ideas with the other Greenies in our Facebook Community. We are here to help each other!