When you invest in an Apollo Care business it becomes a big part of your life. As a passionate and driven individual, you will want to do the best for your clients. However, perfecting the balance between work and me-time can be difficult.
Allowing yourself to switch off from time to time is extremely important for your mental wellbeing.
This is why we’ve put together a list of suggestions for you to introduce into your routine to enable you to balance your personal life with a thriving business.
First thing’s first, owning a business doesn’t have to mean long hours and less time for yourself and your family. As a franchisee, you become your own boss, which means you can decide the hours you work.
With this in mind, it’s a good idea to work flexibly and effectively. Rather than burning yourself out at both ends, work smart and create achievable goals.
It’s also a good idea to create action plans for your team. As a business owner, you may feel like you have to take everything on – but it doesn’t need to be like that.
When you build a committed and passionate team you can delegate tasks, ensuring you’re not left to do everything yourself.
This will free up your own time and allows you to enjoy the hours when you’re not ‘officially’ working.
Give Yourself Technology Free Breaks
It’s important to allow yourself to fully switch off sometimes. As a business owner, you feel like you always need to be on-call.
Whilst you do take on a lot of responsibility when you become a franchisee, you shouldn’t feel like a slave to your phone or laptop.
This is why we recommend taking an hour or two out of your day to go completely tech-free. Allow yourself the freedom to focus on yourself and your family. You can pick up the business ideas that are bubbling in your head in your scheduled work time.
And whilst you think scrolling on social media counts as ‘chilling out’ you know you’re only a click away from checking those emails and entering a rabbit hole. So make sure to allow yourself to have some technology-free golden time.
Look For Time Saving Apps
The app store is filled with digital tools that can help you maximise time and minimise burnout!
There are plenty of affordable applications that will allow your business to run a little smoother. A great example is notion which is a great tool for new business owners.
So why not take some time to review your working day, and see where a lot of your time is being taken up?
Once you’ve identified the problem you can get searching for the best tools to help free you up.
Set Clear Boundaries
In order to switch off, you need to create clear boundaries. Of course, you’ll want to make sure that your chosen working hours are productive, but you should also allow yourself to break away from projects from time to time so you can relax and re-focus.
Set clear boundaries for what you allow yourself to do in your working time, and what you allow yourself to do when out of office. It’s important that you give yourself the rest you deserve to re-energise and throw yourself back into your next working day.
Just remember, work time is work time, and home time should be home time. The odd cross-over is okay, and probably quite natural, but just try to create boundaries so you have enough ‘you-time’.
Preparation is key to allowing yourself to enjoy some guilt-free time off.
Do you tend to pass on some amazing social opportunities with friends because you’re worried about leaving your work?
Well with good preparation you can kiss goodbye to the worry!
Providing you’ve planned out your days, prepared your team, and created some solid action plans, you can give yourself the time to switch off that you deserve. Learning to take a step back from time to time, and placing your trust in your team demonstrates the faith you have in them and their ability to succeed.
Feeling Ready For Some You-Time?
If you’re ready for a little break, or just a couple of hours to do something other than work, then make sure you allow yourself that time.
Providing you remain committed and passionate about your business – you are destined for great things. Learning to switch off and relax is something you will gradually get better at as you begin to trust yourself and your decisions as a businessperson.
So make sure to enjoy some guilt-free you time!