BALANCE is something that is becoming increasingly challenging for business owners, especially those that are experiencing significant growth or change. Often work life balance is simply a feeling of balance, even if the actual hours you work can’t change all that much.
Change within a business can be quick and intense, giving you and your business “growing pains”, and when you are busy managing change, this can have a negative impact on your work-life balance, affecting your performance at work, your health, relationships and happiness.
So how do you achieve work-life balance whilst scaling up your business? Here are two key tips to help you take control:
At any point in your life you hold various identities – for example this might be: business owner, parent, partner. When a business is in the process of scaling up, this can often put immense pressure on achieving a good balance across all of your identities, which can make you feel like you are constantly chasing your tail and cause aspects of your life to break down.
To restore balance, take the time to define each of your identities and practice being present in each of them. This discipline will allow you to focus your energy and attention on each one at a time – if you are at work, put your all into it, if you are at home with your family – make sure you are present and fully connecting with them. If you are present in the moment, this will allow you to achieve more in each of your identities.
Establishing the behavioural patterns you feel allow you to play to your strengths is key to identifying how your energy is exerted on a daily basis. If you are a procedural person for example, you will enjoy and have a strength for creating and working with processes. If you have a procedural strength and preference, and you do too much work within areas that lack process and structure, your energy levels are likely to deplete quicker than they would if you were working on process-led tasks, leading you to potentially experience burn out sooner.
Working long hours is often raised when discussing work-life balance for growing businesses, however, when scaling up a business, long hours are often necessary – it is what you do within those hours that is important. If you are working late for example, make sure you are working on something that is giving you energy, something you enjoy doing, rather than something that is depleting your energy, or out of sync with your key behavioural traits and areas of strength.
If you are interested in any of the subject areas raised in this blog please feel free to reach out to us, we would be happy to help you achieve balance whilst successfully growing your business.