Life as a startup owner is tough. Working long hours can lead to stress. You can adopt unhealthy eating habits and never finding time to relax. As the owner, you want to do everything in your power to ensure the startup is a success, and that means that maintaining a work-life balance can be extremely difficult.
Being overworked and stressed can be counterintuitive for a startup owner, as the business relies on motivation and fresh ideas to drive the business forward. If the owner is not motivated and happy, this negative energy will flow down to the employees. Here are some of the ways a start-up owner can better manage their work-life balance:
Technology is your friend. Most administrative and mundane tasks can be automated through apps, digital platforms, and software tools. Email campaigns can be automated, social media posts can be automated, even most of the workforce hiring process can be automated. Don’t get bogged down in the tasks that technology can easily perform for you. It will free up time in your day, and you may find that in some cases the tech does the job better than you do.
As the startup owner, you get to set the culture when it comes to flexible working habits. Working from home once or twice a week can help to shift your mindset and let you escape the hustle and bustle of traveling to and from the office. It can have a calming effect as you manage to avoid most of the distractions that come from working in an office environment. Your home is your safe space and working there can be good for the body and mind. Working from home also lets you focus on the important things outside of work such as dropping the kids off at school. Set a culture that lets you embrace your unique lifestyle and detach from the notion that you always need to be in the office.
Exercise is one of the most effective methods of combating stress and fatigue. Going for a walk at lunchtime and having that moment away from your desk can reap you a world of benefits. You’ll come back refreshed, being able to tackle the rest of the day. When you don’t exercise you aren’t focused, and when you aren’t focused it takes you longer to get things done, meaning more time in the office and away from home.
4. Feedback from employees
It’s essential as a startup owner that you don’t get bogged down in one way of doing things. Just because you’re the owner doesn’t mean you have to come up with all the ideas or develop all the business processes. Listen to your employees and encourage them to generate new ideas, processes, and ways of working. Your team can provide an insight into any shortcomings the business may have. They could identify tasks that can be automated or removed altogether, freeing up time for the whole team.
5. Improve your time management skills
People often assume that the longer you’re in the office, the more work you’re getting done. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Being efficient and focusing on the tasks of highest value to the business will ensure you get the most out of the time you spend working and ensure you aren’t wasting your nights and weekends at the office. For a startup owner, it often feels that there aren’t enough hours in the day. Keeping a detailed list of how you spend your hours in one week will help you identify parts of your day that can be better utilized. This will help you better prioritize and organize your time accordingly.
Finding the right balance between work and everyday life is crucial to not only the long-term success of your startup but also to your happiness and health. Be self-aware about how you use your time and how you balance your work and home life. It’s important to note that your actions will set the culture for the rest of your team. The right thinking and approach to a healthy work-life balance can pave the way to success and happiness for your entire business.