Striking a Balance in Your Life
When you commit to a life of entrepreneurship, you are committing to much more than you probably realize. Is it worth it? That is a question you need to answer on your own after reflecting deeply on what it is that you most want out of life. When you picture your “ideal” self, what do you look like? Where are you? What sort of schedule do you keep? A lot of the time, trial and error is the only way to figure out absolute answers to all these difficult questions. One thing is for sure, however: if you choose to be an entrepreneur, you are taking responsibility of every area of your life. What are you waiting to get a balance in your life?
Yes, that is the most important thing to remember if you want to go into business for yourself: there is no one around to clean up any of your messes or to plan out any of your days. Should something go wrong, it is up to you to come up with a path forward. Should you want to take an island vacation some specific week for a friend’s wedding, all the preparations are falling squarely into your lap. With all the freedom and independence that come with entrepreneurship, there are plenty of additional duties. Neglect them, and you will certainly find yourself with more stress than you bargained for.
The key to avoiding massive stress as an entrepreneur is balance. Just like you needed to figure out why entrepreneurship was right for you, you need to figure out how you are going to make it work. A well-rounded life is a happy life. These are eight steps that you can take toward striking a healthy balance between your work life and the rest of your life.
The 8 secrets to striking a balance in your life
1. Reading. Unless you are constantly diving into new books, you are asking for trouble. Like exercise for your mind, good writing will keep you spry, limber, and prepared for all challenges.
2. Meditation. This one goes hand-in-hand with reading. Think of it as the cardio side of your mental workout: you make progress superficially without it, but real advances in your mental life necessitate the center that meditation provides.
3. Yoga. Like meditation in motion, this practice will pull you away from the stressors in your life and give you a way to ground your energy healthily and productively.
4. Meet new people. To expand your horizons, get out of your bubble and introduce yourself to a stranger or two every single day. Learn what makes people tick. Try to figure them out.
5. Dance. Sometimes, you just need to shake out the tension that has taken up residence in your legs, arms, neck, back, shoulders, and face. Shake it all out. Groove. Find some music that you can’t resist, turn it on, and let go.
6. Ask someone a hard question about yourself. The more challenging it is, the more you will benefit from the answer.
7. Visit someplace new. It could be a country, a state, a city, a store, or even just a restaurant. Get away from your familiar surroundings.
8. Start a journal. The topic can be anything: your dreams, your worries, your interactions. Spill your thoughts onto the page without judgement.