Work is generally an important part of life; that however, does not mean you put your personal life by the wayside.
Taking a step back
During the start, you may have had to make plenty of sacrifices from all fronts of your life. You may have had to beg off from a few get-togethers or even arrive home with your children already asleep.
But at the end of the day, you have to look beyond the success of your work and look at the bigger picture—the "why" or the very reason why you are working doubly hard.
Sometimes, it is worthwhile to pause and ask yourself what your goals are beyond your profession.
Perhaps you wish to give your family a better life. Or maybe you wish to build healthy friendships and relationships.
Now, step back and ask yourself if you have drifted away from your goals in your personal life. How about your health? Are you getting ample rest and sleep? How about your diet? Are you getting enough exercise? Or are you depriving yourself of all of these?
Renewing your focus
If you have found yourself swallowed by your vigour to make your job succeed at the cost of your personal well-being and your relationships, then you need to take active measures to regain your foothold on those aspects of your life.
The first thing that you need to do is to be stingy with your time and choose the people you want in your circle well. Simply put, there are some people whom you may want to end your relationship with, and there are those whose friendship and relationship you value. With your limited time and energy, you cannot allocate these to people who bring negativity to your life.
Next, you need to assess how your professional life is affecting your personal life. At the start, observe things from an objective standpoint. Analyse how you spend your time and energy and think of ways you can properly use these for work and for your personal life. Perhaps you can review if the things need doing at all, or use tools which allow you to automate a few key tasks or even hire more employees to help you out.
After that, determine how you can change your schedule so that you can have ample time for your personal relationships without compromising the success of your business venture.
Your goal here is to enable yourself to make judicious use of your time so that you have enough left beyond the time spent at work.
I personally feel that work life balance is not a helpful perspective. Work life integration is more my style.
Subtle difference, but for me an important one.
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Kind regards, Irene