The pressure to be available all the time as a Small Business Founder is possibly one of the most challenging aspects of owning your own business. With the likes of Amazon and big names online being available for what feels like 24 hours a day, 7 days a week the constant need to be readily available for customers and collaborators alike can feel like a daunting task, especially when it’s just you.
It can be hard. I get it. One of the many things I’ve learnt in my business journey as a blogger and now a part of the Enterprise Collective team, is that the desire to be chained to my laptop is high, purely because I love what I’m doing, but the simple fact is that if you don’t set boundaries for yourself and those around you, it can lead to burn out! By implementing some ground rules for your business, you will feel more in control and ensure the scales of the work/life balance don’t become too work heavy and lead to a deterioration in your physical and mental health.
So, here’s a few helpful tips to set clear and healthy business boundaries within your Business….
1) OUT OF OFFICE/AUTOMATIC RESPONSE ON CONSTANTLY
This is a great way for people to receive an automatic response to advise that their email has been received and will be dealt with accordingly. Set out your usual response times and provide them with answers to FAQs such as delivery times etc, so that people know when to expect a response and won’t bombard you requesting updates.
2) HAVE SET DAYS FOR SET TASKS
Sometimes it’s great to have a plan of attack so that people know where they stand. For example, if you’re a coach, why not have set days for coaching calls so that on the other days you can work on research or marketing plans. If you’re a product business, perhaps limit your delivery days so you aren’t making unnecessary trips to the post office with only a couple of items. It really helps streamline your processes to do this.
3) SLOW DOWN AND STOP SAYING YES
You are just one person & to be expected to do everything, all of the time, is unrealistic, so make sure you prioritise,the important stuff that just has to be done along with the things you enjoy most within your business. If you have the budget, delegate the tasks you don’t enjoy to someone else ie an accountant, VA, social media manager etc! The same goes for politely declining offers that just don’t align with your business plans right now.
4) WRITE YOUR TO-DO LIST ON A FRIDAY
Weekends are so important, it’s you time, family time and everything in between time and if your job doesn’t require you to work weekends then why are you busy prepping on a Sunday night? You deserve that evening too. Why not finish your working week with a to-do list, you’re still pumped with energy from the week, it clears space to crack on on the Monday and it puts a nice end to everything that you have done that week.
Will you be setting healthier business boundaries for yourself this last quarter?