10 Oct Your Life and Your Business Should Fit Together
If you’re like most entrepreneurs, your business is your life. But, when you don’t structure your business to fit into your life you’re setting yourself up for failure. See, all too often business owners dive in headfirst and try to get everything done on their own. The idea of delegating tasks becomes almost like a foreign concept. And though you may get lots of things done and even grow your business, your life will start to suffer as a result. Trust me, I’ve been there and I know all about the emotional and mental toll being an entrepreneur can have on your quality of life and especially on your relationships.
Because, for so long, I got accustomed to doing everything on my own. I simply didn’t trust that anyone could do it the right way but me. However, the truth was, when I invested my time and energy trying to do everything, I was inevitably pulling myself away from the things that I actually excel at. These were also the things that could make my business money. But by being tied up in the day-to-day of it all, I was missing out on maximizing my potential and my business started to falter as a result.
If you haven’t done this exercise before, I challenge you to make a list of the things within your business and your life that you enjoy doing. With this list in hand, drill down to pinpoint the “why” behind each thing on your list. You want to be clear on what it is that brings you enjoyment. Is it the thrill of solving a problem? Or, perhaps it is the fulfillment you get from helping others? Even still, it may be the excitement you feel when you are able to research new ideas. Whatever your passion or interests are, get them down on paper and start today seeing how you can incorporate them more in your life and in your business.
So, it’s time to ask yourself, where in your business do you need a shift? Where does your business not fit in your life? Find these areas, figure out how you can move things around so you have more time to dedicate to doing the things you enjoy doing and especially those areas that you excel at. This will not only improve your work-life balance, but it will also boost your business’ productivity in the process. When you are more engaged and energized in what you do, you can then reach your peak performance.