Running a business can be stressful. Trust us, we get it!
And staying sane can be even harder, no matter where you’re at on your business journey.
But guess what, by looking after yourself and finding a great work/life balance, you’ll inevitably promote business growth. And we all love a win-win situation, don’t we?
And so we want to share with you, our top 7 tips for staying sane while running your own business, because don’t worry, we’ve been there too!
1. Keep your work hours in check, and don’t overwork yourself
Easier said than done, right?! But when you don’t have a boss to set your hours, running your own business can mean you get sucked into working long, never-ending hours and forgetting to take time off. And while you’ll probably take great satisfaction in running your business well, it’s important to take some time off, just for you. Because being overworked leads to fatigue and burnout, and that’s not what you want!
2. Look after yourself, and maintain a healthy lifestyle
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle isn’t just important; it’s a necessity for staying sane and keeping on top of your physical and mental health. And, when you’re a business owner, looking after yourself is an important part of a work-life balance. So, making sure you eat well, exercise, and keep a good sleep schedule will help you manage the day-to-day challenges of running a business, and as an added bonus, you’ll feel good too.
3. Reward yourself when you do well
Just because you’re working for yourself doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be rewarded when you do well. If others aren’t recognising your personal or business achievements, it’s important that you do and reward yourself. And it can be something really simple. For instance, if you’ve reached an important milestone or target, buy yourself lunch, or take the rest of the day off. You don’t have to do this every day, but rewarding yourself now and then is super important and is bound to improve your mental health and help you stay sane.
4. Remember to enjoy life outside of work
Enjoying your time off and doing something you love means you’ll be able to switch off from work and not have those constant, pesky thoughts about what you still need to do. So, whatever you love doing, for instance, sport, travelling, reading, gardening, or art, it’ll be great for your mental health, and you’ll be on your way to achieving a great work/life balance. Plus, you never know where you’ll make good network contacts!
5. Have a comfortable, dedicated workspace
You’re probably willing to splurge on the latest phone or laptop, but what about the chair and desk you use every day? Think about how much time you spend in your office or workspace each day. Quite a lot, right? Having a comfy, tidy workspace which you love being in means you’ll not only produce better work, but you’ll also feel better in general. So, keep your workspace clean, tidy, and comfortable, and see how much better you feel in and out of work.
6. Stay social
Humans are social creatures. And while you might think that as a business owner, you should be dedicating all your time to growing your business, that’s not healthy, and you’ll experience burnout really quickly. Staying connected with friends and family is important and will help you stay sane and manage the important work/life balance we’re talking about. Friends and family are also some of the best people to talk to during particularly stressful times in your business life; they can provide great advice or just act as a distraction!
7. Delegate what you’re not good at to others who are
We get that it’s easy to think running your own business means you need to do everything yourself. But it’s simply not true. Focus on what you’re good at, and delegate everything else to others. What do we mean? Well, perhaps writing isn’t your strong suit, but you know well-written copy and content is an absolute must for growing your business. In that case, delegate your copy and content writing to someone who’s an expert, like Creative Copy Co., and let them do the hard work for you.
Running your own business can be all-consuming because there’s so much to think about every.single.day. Which is why we want to share what we’ve learned on our journey with you.
Implementing these seven simple things has helped us achieve a great work/life balance, but we always love learning new tips and tricks. So if you’ve got some great advice you’d like to share, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you!