Before my grandfather become president of Concrete Industries, Inc. (Lincoln, Nebraska) in 1969, he had implemented a business mentality in his life: he should never, ever have to work more than 40 hours a week. To him, there were more important things in life than just work—there’s family, friends, personal hobbies, activities, and much-needed vacations. My grandfather was a firm believer in a work-life balance. Entrepreneurs need to be aware of work-life balance. Without it, creative minds can burn out and the startup process can become a whole lot less fun.
But how can one make more time for pleasure and spend less time at work, but still produce the same positive results? Ultimately, it’s the little things that we do each day that determine how we use the time in our lives.
- Overload – when a person is overloaded with more responsibility than they can handle, more time will be spent on the business and the work-life balance will be out of whack
- Greediness – when an entrepreneur’s sole purpose is to make money, all other important things in their life can be thrown to the wayside
- Unorganized – when a small business owner is unorganized, he will spend more time looking for what he needs instead of working toward a business goal
My grandfather gives a great example of his mindset toward the work-life balance:
“I once had an office manager that would call me from the office in the evening with a seemingly unimportant question. He really wanted to let me know he was working late hours. After a few to these calls I said, ‘Ernie, I am not at all impressed with your having to work after hours. Either I have given you more responsibility then you can handle or you are unorganized. I would like for you to figure out which one and let me know’. I never received another call from him in the evening and he stopped returning to the office after hours.”
Are you maintaining a healthy work-life balance? If not, it may be time to ask yourself: are you in work overload and how can you fix it? Are you in the business for the right reasons? Are you organized in and out of the business?
When you effectively manage the time in your life, you will get the most out of your life.
Written by Allison Way. Allison is a writer for Think Big Partners, Kansas City’s early-stage business incubator and startup accelerator. To read more of Allison’s work, check out the Think Big Kansas City blog as well as her articles on Helium, eZine and BrooWaha. Follow Allison! @AllisonThinkBig