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8 Secrets to Achieving the Ever-Elusive Work-Life Balance

by Mark Swanson

Running your own online business can be extremely fulfilling -- but it can also be challenging. Managing your own hours can mean that work eventually becomes a part of everything you do, and it can feel hard to avoid the stress of the workday, even when you're supposed to be "off." If you want to achieve better work-life balance, the tips below can help.

1. Create a Schedule and Stick to It

Make a work schedule for yourself -- then stick to it. This means that you have to schedule in "weekends" for yourself even if they're not on the actual weekend so that you actually take days off.

2. Learn How to Say No

Saying no when people ask you to take on work can be hard. It can be tempting to always say yes -- especially if you feel like you need more money or clients. However, taking too much on your plate can lead to stress and burnout, so knowing how to say "no" can be a true asset.

3. Be Deliberate About Free Time

If your free time is scarce, be very deliberate about how you spend it. Choose to spend your days off doing things that are extremely fulfilling, with people you love.

4. Minimize Distractions

Having time sucks around you, like TV or social media, can make the workday unproductive. Get rid of distractions so you actually get work done and have less nagging at you when it's time to enjoy your life.

5. Have Help

Surround yourself with people who can help you get things done -- whether that means employees to help finish work or family members to help ensure life stuff is taken care of.

6. Schedule Time With People

Think about the people in your life that make you feel good and that you value, then schedule regular time with them. By scheduling in the people who matter, you ensure that you see them -- which can lift your mood and make you feel more motivated when it comes time to get back to work.

7. Take Advantage of Tech Tools

There are so many tech tools out there that can help you balance your life today: scheduling tools like Google Calendar, communication tools like Slack and productivity tools like Todoist can be used to your advantage to get your work done more efficiently.

8. Enjoy Personal Time

Every person needs alone time to regroup, daydream and just relax. Protect your personal time when you're not working and not spending time with family and friends. It can be crucial for refueling so you can continue to enjoy all areas of your life as much as possible.

Mark Swanson

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