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Work/Life Balance and Your Business

When you run your own business, you often feel guilty for taking time for yourself, or are constantly thinking that there are things that you need to do. But having the right work/life balance is key to the success of your business. There are things that you can do like four-day workweeks, flex time, cellphone-free weekends—measures that reduce the “work” and boost the “life” in your personal work-life balancing act.

But there are other actions that you can take as well to sustain your energy, reduce stress, and increase your productivity. The following are all important strategies to maintain appropriate work/life balance: don’t force creativity; listen to your body clock; schedule in break times during your day; reduce stress; watch your diet; and take time to do things that you enjoy.

Creativity can’t be forced. Concentrate on the problem for a while then put it away and relax. Your brain will continue to work on it subconsciously and probably when you are least expecting it, the resolution will come to you.

Everyone has a different body clock. Some like to get up early and work early in the day. Others like to stay up late. The important part is to recognize which type of person you are because it will reflect when your peak productive hours are. If you are a person who likes to work 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Then you likely fade a little between 2 PM and 4 PM. If this is your pattern, then you will not want to tackle any tasks that require a significant amount of concentration between these hours. If you are a late riser, this fade period could be pushed back to between 6 PM and 8 PM. But whichever characterizes your body pattern, just be aware of the fade times and find repetitive, low concentration level tasks to perform during this time.

Schedule your day, including break times and take those breaks. Recently, a YouTube video was posted about how all the great CEOs schedule in time everyday for down time. They talked about the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Oprah, etc. All of these very successful people build in at least two hours in their day for: reading, thinking, relaxing, or any other way that they personally use to recharge their own battery.

Reduce stress, your body can’t continue on in the fight or flight mode for an extended period of time without it creating harsh consequences on your body. So make sure you get physical exercise, you don’t have to run marathons, but a half hour walk everyday, or doing yoga every morning, whatever your physical activity of choice, build it into your lifestyle and make time for it at least 4 days a week. This will help to reduce stress and keep your body functioning in a healthy way. It will also reduce the possibility of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

You truly are what you eat. So it’s important to eat healthy, as when your body is stressed, it needs those healthy calories to keep running smoothly under stress. Try to reduce the amount of red meat you eat, choose instead meats like chicken, fish or vegetable protein. Make sure you have green leafy vegetables everyday, use them to fill your stomach rather than high carbohydrate foods that turn to sugar immediately once they have hit your blood stream. You will find that if you do this, you won’t have the low energy times when your body comes down from a sugar high. Your blood sugars will remain more constant and result in better regulated energy levels.

Taking time for relaxation is a key to running a successful business. For all the stress that you encounter in performing the day to day tasks of running your business, it is equally important to have relaxation time. Whether it is doing a hobby, reading a book, doing housework, whatever helps you to relax and kick starts your brain, because even your brain needs down time. When you do something that you enjoy, it sends endorphins to the brain and helps it to calm itself and rest.

K & E Professional Accounting Associates are strong believers in work/life balance. For example: Kari Lui in her off hours does fitness training; Mira Salter does Kung Fu, badminton, roller-skating, and reading; and Rene Dusanek volunteers for his parish community, the Knights of Columbus and Habitat for Humanity. They all play equally as hard in their personal lives as they work in their professional lives. To learn more about how K & E Professional

Accounting Associates can help your business visit .

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