How to achieve work-life balance whilst scaling up your business
Achieving a work-life balance is a challenge for business owners. Especially for those in businesses that are experiencing significant growth or change.
Having a work-life balance is simply a feeling of balance, even if the actual hours you work can’t change all that much. Change within a business can be quick and intense, giving you and your business growing pains. When you’re busy managing that change it can have a negative impact on your work-life balance. This can affect your performance at work, your health, relationships, and happiness.
How do you achieve work-life balance whilst scaling up your business?
Here are some key tips to help you take control.
Practise being present
People view work-life balance as the ability to work less. But it isnt necessarily about the hours you work. it’s about ensuring the time you do work is quality time and highly productive. At any point in your life, you hold various identities for example, this might be: business owner, parent, partner.
When a business is in the process of scaling up, this can put immense pressure on achieving a good balance across all of your identities. This can make you feel like you are constantly chasing your tail and cause aspects of your life to break down.
To restore balance, take the time to define each of your identities and practice being present in each of them.
This discipline will allow you to focus your energy and attention to each one of them at a time.If you’re at work, put your all into it. If you’re are at home with your family make sure you are present and fully connecting with them.
Work in line with your strengths
Establishing the behavioural patterns that help you to play to your strengths is key to identifying how your energy is exerted on a daily basis. If you are a procedural person, you will enjoy and have a strength for creating and working with processes.
If you have a procedural strength and preference, and you do too much work within areas that lack process and structure, your energy levels are likely to deplete quicker than they would if you were working on process-led tasks, leading you to potentially experience burnout quicker.
Working long hours
This is often raised when discussing work-life balance for growing businesses, however, when scaling up a business, long hours are often necessary it is what you do within those hours that is important.
If you are working late, for example, make sure you are working on something that is giving you energy, something you enjoy doing. Rather than something that is depleting your energy, or out of sync with your key behavioural traits and areas of strength.
Laura Weaving is the Founder and Managing Director of Duo Global Consulting, a behaviour focussed consultancy that works with scale up businesses in the UK and internationally to lead and navigate strategic change by creating cultures that attract, engage and retain high performing people. Laura has an extensive background in organisational culture, recruitment, people and HR strategy for growth focussed businesses.