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Finding more work-life balance when you’re a one-person team can seem daunting, if not impossible. However, the truth is that you really can create work-life balance as a solopreneur by changing your mindset, understanding the difference between productivity and being busy, and by developing a true plan of action that connects your goals with the actions that ensure you meet them.
Let’s be very frank about something. A business owner can work 24/7 and still have work left undone. It is just a fact that there will always be work that needs to be done and that you’ll never really finish. Once you accept that, you can start to create a plan for your work that gives you the work-life balance you desire. You can set up your lifestyle the way you want it and succeed too.
Let’s explore ways to ensure that you have a work-life balance as a solopreneur.
Understand What Productivity Is
Being busy is not the same as being productive. When you are productive, that means you see a very clear sign through your finished work that you’re getting closer to your goals. Spending hours on social media, for example, with no clear idea of exactly what you’re doing, is busywork, but sharing specifically designed memes with a call to action and a link to your newest content is social media marketing.
Let Go of Perfectionism
The truth about perfectionism is that it’s really a signal that you are allowing fear to control your actions. No one is perfect. Not you, and not your nearest competitor. No one. It doesn’t exist. Set your criteria for your work, then work toward those criteria which signal the end of the work.
Set Your Goals and Objectives for Your Entire Life – Not Just Your Business
Your life consists of more than just your business. As someone who is doing it by themselves, it’s even more imperative that you set goals for every area of your life and then set up your time to spend on each of those areas.
Set Boundaries around Your Time
When you know about all the things you need to do in order to succeed once you’ve set up your goals and objectives, you can choose which of these things are most important to you on any given day and any given moment.
Learn How to Delegate
Even though you are “alone” with your business, that doesn’t mean you cannot learn how to delegate. You can set up a chore chart for your family, and you can hire help for both your home and your business. When you can free up time to get more done – whether spending time with your kids at the beach or spending time developing your newest product, you’ll find that you automatically experience more balance in your life.
Self-care isn’t about taking a bubble bath (although that can help); it’s more about taking good care of yourself in every way that you can. Focus on your mental, physical, and spiritual health every single day. Eat right, move more, and stay hydrated. Spend time with your family and your friends and do things that you love doing.
Learn the Power of SMART Goal Setting
Everything you do will come back to the goals you’ve set for your life. When you learn how to set goals properly, you’ll end up with a set of action steps to take in order to reach the goals you set.
Using the goals that you set and the step-by-step actions you have created from those goals, put it all into your schedule. Each day you should be working on the steps that lead to experiencing the success you are shooting for.
Always think about why you’re doing any action that you’re doing. If it leads to a result, keep doing it but if it is just busywork, stop doing it. Also remember that tomorrow is another day. You cannot do it all today, and you shouldn’t try. Set up your schedule and then follow it, and you’ll get to experience all parts of your life.