In following up with our series on Boundaries, Balance and Being Present, here a few tips on Boundaries specifically for business owners:
Try not using your commute time to make phone calls.
I know this is hard because you have been doing it for so long, but you are not giving yourself the time you need to switch gears from home to business mode. This applies to commuting both to and from the office.
When you are at the office, you must have segmented times to work on your projects, to oversee your employees, and to handle the basic needs of the business itself.
It is imperative that you have a schedule and that you stick to it! This includes times that you see clients as well.
To “be present” in everything you do, you need to compartmentalize your time so that you are able to focus on your given task. By keeping a schedule and not budging from it, you will always be able to focus on your business, your tasks, your clients, or employees depending on what you are doing at that moment.
By “making exceptions” you throw yourself off your game and find yourself thinking about the other task you had and not focusing on the present moment.
When it’s time to go, it’s time to go.
Trying to finish something at the end of the day when you are no longer focused will just set you up for mistakes. I know that when I do that, and I come in the next day to review myself, I wonder “what the heck was I thinking?”
Whatever it is, it can wait until the next day, because by having boundaries to begin with, you will work more efficiently and effectively and you will reach your deadlines easily.
When you go home, it is important that your family or significant other allows you the down time you need to transition to your home “mode”.
If you need thirty minutes or an hour, then don’t be afraid to ask for it! If you need a bubble bath or want to sit outside on the patio and have a beer, then do it.
That will allow you to be fully present for the rest of the evening so that you can enjoy your family and relax…
Enjoy your week!