Entrepreneurs often have to make many sacrifices to get their startups off the ground and grow a successful business. However, Millennial entrepreneurs don’t accept the paradigm which presumes that you must give up a personal life today in order to reap the benefits of success tomorrow. Instead, young entrepreneurs make an effort to balance their business and personal life, a goal that eluded past generations who were locked in a way of thinking that dictated “how things are done.”

The Importance of a Work-Life Balance

Having the ability to balance your business and personal life is not only important to you, as an individual, but also for your family and your community. Simply put, you need to have the time and energy to engage with your family, participate in democracy, and join in improving your community. Moreover, it is vital that you, the individual, have the ability to develop and nurture relationships and rejuvenate yourself.

How do you know if your business and personal life are out of balance? Are you able to meet the demands of both your business and your non-work life? How much conflict is created trying to balance your different roles? Do the different aspects of your life complement each other or do they take away from each other? More specifically, do the experiences in one part of your life enhance your performance and fulfillment in the other areas? Do you have the ability to focus on your health, develop and engage non-work interests, and just simply recover from work?

As an entrepreneur, if you become burned-out, you will start to become ineffective. You need to have the energy to maintain a high level of efficiency and involvement. But, when you take the time to recharge, you have the energy and vitality to meet performance demands. Ultimately, your work-life balance is critical to the long-term success of your start-up.

Balancing Your Business and Personal Life

1. Define What a Work-Life Balance Means for You – Take a few minutes to map out what a balanced day should look like. However, creating balance means that you give yourself permission to stray off schedule every now and again. So, take the time to go to your son’s ball game, even if that is technically time you should be working. Moreover, make sure you are creating opportunities to properly eat, exercise, and focus on your overall wellness.

2. Make Sure You Keep Your Work at Work – In this technology-driven age, it is very difficult for entrepreneurs to separate themselves from their start-up. The fact is, there is always work that can be done, and technology makes it easy to bring that work with you. However, you need time during the day when you physically and mentally stop working. Shut down the computer, put down the smartphone, stop checking email, and spend time with friends and family.

3. Remove “I’m too Busy” from Your Speech – Do you know what you are communicating when you say, “I’m too busy”? You are essentially saying to your spouse, child, or whoever is trying to get your attention that “It is not important to me.” So, the next time your daughter asks you to come to her school play, rather than saying that you are “too busy”, replace those words with “Your play is not important to me.” It is guaranteed to make it harder to say no when people want to include you in their life.

4. Start and Keep an Inspiration Journal – Inspiration can strike at any time and in any place. When you are spending time with family and friends or taking care of yourself, you need a way to jot down your ideas. Keeping a small notebook, or using an app on your phone, you can still focus on your personal life without sacrificing work. This will help you keep your inspirational ideas and everything you need to remember safe.

5. Make Sure You Schedule “Me Time” – In trying to balance a business and personal life, many entrepreneurs forget to actually take time specifically for themselves. Between work, family, friends, and community involvement, they don’t think they have an hour to spare for themselves. Regardless, it is vital that you make time to nurture and take care of yourself.

Do you have questions? What haven’t we covered yet that is important to you? If you would like to talk about the way young entrepreneurs balance their business and personal life or a related topic, please contact us.

David Michael Gilbertson is the founder and president of 3 Elements Lifestyle, LLC., a Fitness and Weight Loss company that specializes in YOU!. With more than 15 years of experience owning, operating and managing clubs of all sizes, David lectures, delivers seminars and gives workshops on the practical skills required to successfully help you with your health and fitness goals. David also helps you build the teamwork, management, and training necessary to open your own fitness center. For more information on Licensing and Consulting Services Visit his Web site at www.3elementslifestyle.com or email at daveg@3elementslifestyle.com or call 805.499.3030

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