My life is hectic, to say the least: three boys (it’s basketball season for two of them), my business, job at a local ministry, church activities. And let’s not forget the day-to-day stuff like household chores and grocery shopping.
Here’s the deal: work/life balance is a thing and you can achieve it. So before you start pulling your hair out, let’s look at a few ways you can get back on track to living the life you want.
Stay focused on your mission
When you started your business, you might have had an idea of the type of work you wanted to do and the type of client you’d like to work with. That’s great. But how often do you review your mission statement? The truth is your business will go through seasons and you may have outgrown your original mission statement. Have you ever signed a client and over time, you felt a shift? What excited you originally about working with this client just doesn’t anymore. Maybe it takes you a bit longer to tackle their work and you start feeling resentful. It’s okay. Your goals and mission have shifted. Because you’re the business owner, it’s up to you grab the bull by the horns and make the necessary changes.
Having a well-thought out mission statement will help you make decisions about potential clients. If a prospective client isn’t a good fit, a well-crafted mission statement will weed them out, saving you lots of time and frustration in the end. The clearer your website, the better clients you’ll attract.
Revisit your mission statement occasionally to evaluate whether your current activities fit your goals.
Don’t have a mission statement? Here’s a template of a mission statement but feel free to tweak it to your needs:
Your company provides services to a target market to assist with the goal or solution you’re solving for your client.
Here at CMVA, we provide virtual assistance to busy entrepreneurs and business owners, to help them take back their time!
Learn to say “no”
As much as you’d like to think you can and should do everything; you just can’t. And there’s no shame in that. Recently, my teenage son needed baked brownies for a school bake sale. Of course, he told me the day before he needed them, and it was a busy time in my business. I just didn’t have the time to whip up a batch of homemade brownies like I normally would. What did I do? I went to the store and bought brownies from the bakery. I said “no” to making homemade brownies but he still had what he needed. Win/win! I saved myself a boatload of time and I was able to get meet my business goals and deadlines.
If the activity doesn’t fit with your goal, say “no” - and don’t feel guilty about it!
Schedule recharge time
Sunday after church is my time, all about me. I’ve got a favorite chair where I curl up with a good book and a cup of tea. It’s a time where I can rewind and recharge my batteries for the upcoming week. I schedule this time on my calendar. Intentionally blocking out this time keeps me accountable, and anyone with access to my calendar can see it as well.
You can’t just be on the go all of the time. Even the Energizer bunny gets tired! Avoid business burnout and resentment by taking some time off from the hustle and bustle. Grab a coffee with a friend, go to the spa, hit the golf course, take a nap. After all, you deserve it!
About the Author:
Regina's passion is helping online business owners launch and grow their businesses authentically and organically. When she's not working at the local ministry, blogging or tinkering with Squarespace, she enjoys spending time with her family, people-watching from her front porch, and watching "Downton Abbey" to the point that it irritates her boys.
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