A lot of people have the misconception that taking a break is lazy. It’s not! We learned yesterday that in order to be really effective, you need fun things in your day or else you’ll burnout. Well, you’ll also burn the people out around you if you don’t take care of yourself and your family life. So here’s the second installment of our Avoiding Entrepreneur Burnout series.
2. Understand the Balance In Life
Everyone knows the principle of the fulcrum. (Or at least the principle of the teeter-totter.) Basically, in order to have balance, you have to have equal weight on each end of the bar. But nothing in life hardly ever works out to being equal, so there really isn’t any balance. Enter the fulcrum. By moving the fulcrum (aka the bar that holds up the teeter-totter), you can balance unequal things.
The same is true for balancing our lives. We have families, work, and other outside organizations that we are a part of. It’s important that we maintain a balance in all of those areas. Yet balancing means having to distribute unequal amounts of time and resources to different things. Now you see the quandry: How do we assign the right amount of time for each thing in our life? The best way is to move the fulcrum as needed.
There may be a period in your life where you’ll want to spend some time starting a business. So fudge a little on everything else and devote more of your time to that. But don’t keep the fulcrum in that position for too long. It’s easy to establish the balance, and not want to move the fulcrum. Once your business is bringin’ in the bling, spend some more time for yourself or for your family. The important thing to remember is that you move the fulcrum to where your time is needed.
This will require constantly evaluating your situation in all aspects of your life, not just your work. Too many times we seperate work from everything else; but really you should be viewing work as a part of your life, not the center. Truly productive people aren’t the ones at the office 24/7. They are the ones that recognize the value of their whole lives, and work as a part of it. No one sits on their deathbed wishing that they had worked more and spent less time with friends and family.
Read the next in the Avoiding Entrepreneur Burnout series:Work out of Rest.