Everyone wants to achieve that elusive work-life balance. The good news is that it is totally attainable and here are more tips to achieve it. Revisit part one of this post to learn about the first three tips: identifying what balance actually means to you, defining and creating boundaries, and making commitments. Now, on to the next three tips.
Get an accountability partner! Seriously, find someone that wants to achieve success and have a healthy work-life balance, and hold each other accountable. Meet with your partner once a month, if possible, even if it is over the phone or video chat. An accountability partner can be a buddy, someone in the same industry or a professional coach but I assure you that taking accountability beyond just yourself will really help hold your feet to the fire!
Embrace delegation. We cannot do all things, we cannot be all things and we truly do not enjoy all things. Yes, there are some things that must get done when you own your own business, but that does not mean you have to be the one doing them all. Create a list of what needs to get done, then create a list of what you enjoy doing and what skills you bring to the table. Then list the items that can be delegated. Once those things are identified, go on and delegate! When you decide not to let the weight of the world rest on your shoulders, really amazing things can happen.
Celebrate all successes, even the small ones. I love this one. I have met so many people that think they need to reach really big milestones to celebrate, but celebration breeds motivation and motivation breeds success. So when you have a “win”, even one that seems tiny, celebrate it! That can be anything from ringing a bell in your office to treating yourself to a coffee break, going for a walk or spending a few minutes checking out social media. I created a “rewards” list for myself. When I celebrate a success, I pick something off of the rewards list and treat myself. It helps me stay motivated and taking action.
You have worked hard to build a business you can be proud of but make sure it supports you in all areas of your life. Take the time to put these systems in place up front and then watch your dreams come to life. You have the power, now use it!
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