Tips on Maintaining a Healthy Work/Life Balance

Tips on Maintaining a Healthy Work/Life Balance

Keeping a good balance between work and the rest of your life is important for everyone, but especially for entrepreneurs - who might be driven to make their company a success at all costs. But you can't operate to your full potential when your batteries are running low...  it's important to take some time to relax and recharge.

Okay, so I know it's easier to take time off if you have a larger business with others able to step into your shoes for a week or two. But if you're a small-scale entrepreneur, there are still plenty of ways for you to keep a healthy work/life balance. Here are some tips that'll help: 

Say No

It's important, especially in the early stages, to learn to say no. Write down what your priorities are for your business and personal life, and keep them nearby at all times. If an opportunity arises that doesn't fall strictly within either category, simply turn it down. You only have so many hours and you can't comply with all the demands on your time.

Listen to Others

Pay close attention to what your family and co-workers are telling you. If your partner is telling you that you work too much or your employees say that they need more of a helping hand from you, then it's wise to take heed. Having a healthy work/life balance is as much about keeping others happy as yourself. If your family or co-workers are miserable, then chances are that you'll follow suit. Keep those close to you happy and you'll reap the rewards.

Stay Focused

Remaining focused on what you're doing at a specific time may not be easy, especially if the bulk of your work is carried out online. It's all too tempting to check email, watch YouTube videos, or surf Reddit (my guilty pleasure). Maintaining your full attention on what you're doing and who you're with at a given moment will help you relax and maintain a happier work/life balance.

Take Vacations

Stepping away from the office for more than a day or two might be a logistical headache, but it's essential to fully recharge your batteries. If you're heading out of town for more than a weekend, you might need to hire someone temporarily to take care of your store for the time you are gone. If you're used to maintaining full control over your business, this might not be easy. But if you've been working non-stop to make your store a success, you deserve the chance to relax and enjoy life. Vacation is super important which is why it's unlimited for all jobs at Shopify.