Date: 7th January 2015
Living in the Wanaka-Queenstown area, surrounded by mountains and lakes, you can’t help but think about work-lifestyle balance. If you moved here from the city, chances are you came with high hopes of a more relaxed or outdoor-focused lifestyle, being able to enjoy summer and winter activities between work hours. Perhaps you run your own business.
If so, are you getting the balance right? Here is some advice from Xero Small Business Guides so you can make a fresh start in 2015.
Business owners tend to be workaholics. They believe that working hard is the route to success. And so it is – up to a point. Unfortunately, too much hard work can kill you – literally. Excessive stress can lead to high blood pressure, heart problems, ill health and lack of fitness. It’s also an inefficient way to run a business. It stifles creativity and kills motivation. A good work-life balance is essential if people are to perform to the best of their abilities.
It’s one thing to have good intentions about your work-life balance, but quite another to carry them out. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Think back to when you started your business, and ask yourself why you did it. Perhaps it was so you could have more independence, more money, greater intellectual challenge, or extra free time to spend with your family. Maybe it was all of those things. Keep your goals in mind.
Your work-life balance affects how successful you’ll be at running your business. Slaving away all the time will have a negative effect on both your business and your personal life. If you take the time to get the balance right, you’ll have a successful business – and the health and freedom to enjoy it.
Finally, take up some of the opportunities and sporting challenges that abound in this area such as The Ruby Island Swim or Challenge Wanaka; or take part in any number of cultural activities such as the Festival of Colour – committing to out of work activities is a great way to get out of the office, improve your health and improve your work-life balance. Here’s to a balanced 2015!