When you run a small business, it’s becomes a big part of your life – and it’s all too easy for the lines between the two to become blurred, resulting in a loss of work-life balance. How can you regain that balance in your life?

As business owners, we put a huge amount of time and energy into not only growing a business but also running that business everyday – dealing with an endless list of emails, social media, accounts, customers, service delivery and financials.

But how often do you stop and refuel? According to a study by Simply Business, almost half of 2,000 individuals surveyed said they ‘cancel social plans at least once a week’, while a quarter of respondents take less than 10 days annual leave and another quarter have fallen ill due to stress and overwork.

We all want a successful business, and at times, that will mean putting in extra work. But if you do that day in, day out, it will start to take its toll on your mental and physical health, and eventually your life – and your business – will suffer.

If this sounds like you, it’s time to implement some immediate and lasting changes to help you find more balance between work and life. Start by being honest with yourself – what do YOU need to keep YOU fit and healthy? Now plan in what time you need to do that – start small if you need to, but have something in your diary each week that’s refuelling you.

Now, look ahead for the next 12 months – book in some annual leave. You don’t need to physically book holidays at this stage, but blocking out your diary for your leave will help you work around this, rather than the other way around. Implementing some of our top tips for time management will help too.

If you have school-age children, also make a note in your diary of when their school holidays are. Planning ahead for these periods of time will save a lot of stress about juggling work and childcare nearer the time.

Last but not least, you can now start to fill your diary with business. Think about any recurring events, training, conferences you attend, networking events or client meetings, and plan these in. Remember, you didn’t set up your business to run yourself into the ground – so make that change today towards a happier business – and a happier you.

As a chartered accountants based near Whitchurch, Fresh Clarity are focussed on helping small business owners unlock their potential and build the business of their dreams. We do this by blending our unique combination of smart accounting and effective business development to put you on a journey to success. For more information, talk to Fresh Clarity today – we’re here to help!