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The healthy entrepreneur: It's all about balance

By ATB Financial 30 September 2020

The perfect work/life balance—is it actually achievable or just some entrepreneurial myth that always seems beyond reach? While a healthy balance is challenging it is imperative that you work at it if you want to succeed in business and in your personal life. Dwayne Holland shares from his own experiences and discusses how to balance the big plates in your life.

 

5 tips to achieve a healthy balance as an entrepreneur

 

As a busy entrepreneur, here are 5 key takeaways from Dwayne that will help keep health and wellness front of mind.

 

1. Identify what success looks like for you.

True success is what fits your dreams and your goals. Identify the obstacles and distractions that hinder your ability to achieve success, as well as the things you need to do (or perhaps are already doing) to achieve your goals. Stay true to your purpose and stay content with your level of success.

 

2. Do a pulse check on your five types of health.

Your physical, mental, spiritual, emotional and relational health are important—they make you a whole person. On a scale of one to five, rate where you are at in these five types of health and try to identify why you are doing well (or not) and perhaps even who or what is having a positive or negative affect on your health.

 

3. Layout your personal and professional priorities.

Your priorities are the things that you value the most and when you know what these priorities are, it helps you stay on track and perhaps even gives you permission to say yes or no. Once you know what your priorities are, find out how you are doing in each area. Do you have a healthy balance of your priorities? You may never achieve a perfect balance but this might help you figure out the priorities that need more attention (while at the same time keeping an eye on the others).

 

4. Continuously work on time management.

You only have 24 hours a day and 168 hours a week—how are you structuring your time to work towards success and focusing on your priorities? What does your personal calendar look like? Your professional calendar? Can you delegate? As you are structuring your calendar, it's important to be aware of distractions.

 

5. Identify what self-care looks like for you.

Here’s a few tips for entrepreneurs to make self-care a priority:

  • Create ‘me time’ in your daily routine
  • Exercise regularly
  • Learn to say no
  • Find ways to unwind each day
  • Nourish your body and eat healthy
  • Enjoy a hobby
  • Make sleep a priority
  • Be in the moment
  • Don’t go it alone

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