We hear all the time that modern technology has killed any hopes we might have of achieving a good balance between work and life outside work.
And for anyone who works in a corporate job where they are contracted by their employer to keep their smartphone or Blackberry with them outside their working hours, this may be true.
But did you know, as an entrepreneur, you are playing an entirely different ball game.
Here is the truth that will make all the difference to you in the everyday running of your business:
Did you hear that?
You, my fellow entrepreneur, have a choice in how you conduct your business.
But this can be such a difficult truth to take onboard!
We love to fill our lives with ‘shoulds’. We write all manner of rules for ourselves, then complain that we are too restricted by forces outside our control.
For example, we work crazy hours doing our own admin or other menial tasks, because we haven’t given ourselves permission to outsource anything.
Or we sign up clients that we know aren’t the right fit for our services, out of fear that we have to take every opportunity for income that we can get.
But there is another way.
One of my clients said last year that her goal for her business was to work half as much and earn double.
Isn’t that inspiring?
As entrepreneurs, we set the terms for our success. The goals need to be realistic, in that it’s all very well to plan to set up a colony on Mars in the next 6 months, but you will have a hard time achieving so much in so little time!
But we don’t have to abide by the limitations that employed people do. There is no boss breathing down your neck, and when it comes to the amount you can achieve, your own mindset and determination is the key factor in how far you will go, and what your life will look like while you do it.
What you need to do is set a goal and then put a strategy in place to achieve it.
For example, if you set a goal of £50,000 income from your business and you work out how many sales you need to make and the amount you need to charge to achieve it, the rest of the details are up to you.
Maybe you only want to work 4 days a week.
Or you want to set your hours around family responsibilities like dropping your kids at nursery, or the school holidays.
Or maybe you don’t want to take calls from clients in the evenings or at the weekend.
Maybe you don’t want to work with demanding or draining clients anymore.
It really is up to you how you set that balance between work and your life outside work.
So if you haven’t already, maybe now would be an excellent time to decide:
– What is lacking at the moment when it comes to your work/life balance?
– What can you give yourself permission to change in order to build the business and the life that you really want?
As an entrepreneur, your defining characteristic is that ability to set your own terms and design your business accordingly.
So what are you waiting for?
If you haven’t already, maybe now would be the perfect time to download your free goal-setting workbook, and take ten minutes to plan out the blueprint for the business you have always wanted.
As an entrepreneur, work/life balance doesn’t have to be a myth! It is within your grasp – all you have to do is decide that you’re ready to own it!
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