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Finding the right balance

Woman taking photograph in London
Woman taking photograph in London
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Balancing the needs of your entrepreneurial business and a family means something different for each individual. A healthy work-life balance is important for your success with your Women's business, in order for it to be enjoyable and rewarding.

When looking at work-life balance, you have to first define it's importance to you. Does that mean equal hours allotted between business activities and personal activities?

The Huffington Post notes that a study by Accenture revealed that work-life balance, ahead of money, recognition and autonomy, is the key determinant for more than half of men and women on whether or not they have a successful career.

A realistic work-life balance can sometimes be in a constant state of evolution. What balance may look like today, may need to change tomorrow, influenced by your status at the time, such as being single, or married, having children, or entering retirement. All this impacts how you define and rank your time in conjunction to the business.

"The key is how you define balance. What it looks like to someone else may not meet your definition. Work-life balance means being a solid and present foundation in my son's life and having the opportunity to be there for him to experience his milestones along with my husband. It also means running and growing my company efficiently, yet aggressively", says Author Liz O'Donnell, writes Intuit Small Business.

Every individual will picture and clarify their balance differently. The following suggestions offer initial steps toward developing work-life balance.

  • Establish guidelines with daily unplanned interruptions with business and personal time-There are moments in the day when your attention and focus must be on the person or situation in front of you. Taking a call or instant messaging when you’re in a meeting or family gathering can harm both business and personal relationships.
  • The word 'No' can help and is not always bad-Learn professionally and personally how and when to use the word 'No'. Achieving your work-life balance depends on setting and establishing priorities. Knowing what's important.

Work-life balance is more than just an aspiration. It's has become a must have condition.