It may be hard to imagine finding more time for yourself and your family as a small business owner, however there are many simple strategies you can put in place that will help make finding the balance easier.

In fact, in Suncorp’s 2017 SME Vs Me Report, only one third of SME new business owners (in operation for three years or less) surveyed were happy with their work-life balance, and a quarter of business owners with a 10+ year tenure work more than 60 hours per week.

Try these six simple tips to improve your work-life balance:

1. Schedule your day

It may sound simple, but planning out your day by scheduling where you will dedicate your efforts at different points during the day can help you stay on task and find time to spend with your family and friends. Owning a business means that you have more control over your hours, and you can develop a schedule that works for you. Try using your calendar for everything from meetings and dedicated time for creativity to doctors’ appointments to school pick-up.

2. Ensure you have the tools you need to stay organised

With so many moving parts in a business, it’s useful to have the help of the right software to keep your finances, workflow and file storage in order. For instance, Vodafone’s suite of ReadyApps help you streamline the way you do business – whether you want to create or collaborate, protect against online threats or build your brand.  If you’re not sure which solution is right for you, we can make a recommendation based on your business needs.

3. Don’t be afraid to delegate, and ask for help

If you’re noticing an aspect of your work or home life lagging behind, think about who you can reach out to for help. For instance, if you need help improving your company website, it could be worth hiring a freelancer. Or if the cleaning is getting out of control at home, it could be time to hire a cleaner. That’s why personalised service is so important when dealing with your telco – your Personal Account Manager can help find a solution to any issues you’re having and take the pressure off you.

4. Look after your mental and physical health

If things are getting far too hectic and you’re finding yourself stressed, think about how you can find time to look after yourself – exercising is a great way to do it! Perhaps you could go to the gym before you start work during the week, or allocate some time to meditate during your lunchbreak during the week.

5. Take your annual leave

Everyone needs a break from work occasionally – no matter how much you love your job or the business you’re running. Taking a holiday will help increase your productivity in the long run, and maintain a sense of perspective. In fact, a 2015 study by Zenger and Folkman surveying workers from 20 countries around the world with varying paid vacation days found that taking more vacation resulted in greater productivity overall. It also helps show your employees what’s important and improve your culture at work.

6. Keep your eye on the prize

Write down your key business and personal goals and keep them somewhere where you can see them. This will remind you of what’s most important and where to prioritise your efforts – the rest can wait!

At Vodafone, we know your time is important to you. That’s why we’re committed to offering our business customers with 10 or more connections access to their own Personal Account Manager with ReadySupport. With ReadySupport, you can get priority help from our Australian call centre when you call 1555 from your mobile. (Note: ReadySupport is available 8am – 8pm Mon to Fri and 9am-5:30pm at other times. Personal Account Managers are available at the Australia Call Centre from 8am – 5:30pm Monday to Friday only)

Ready to get the personal support you need with a Personal Account Manager? If you’re a small business with 10 or more connections, check out our business plans and give our team a call today on 1300 111 111 at the business hours listed above to talk through some options.

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Neelum Prakash

GM Enterprise

Neelum Prakash,
GM Enterprise

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