Maintaining a healthy work-life balance as a CEO can seem a bit like an uphill battle. Okay, scratch that, it definitely is an uphill battle. If you don’t just own one, but several companies, you might have already thrown in the towel and devoted all your time for the foreseeable future to work. George Johnson was in that same boat and jumped ship to start a Cornwall HVAC Company. He was so successful that he expanded into several different cities across Ontario. His success can be partially attributed to his decision to cut back on work and gain back his work/life balance. Instead of being under constant pressure, he could cultivate good relationships with employees, which enabled him to step back and enjoy more of his non-work life. That affect snowballed; the happier he was, the happier his employees were, which also translated to good customer relations. George’s work-life balance led him to a more successful and to have a much happier, and healthier life.
What about you? George Johnson is a great example of how attaining a healthy work/life balance allows you to succeed more at work by working less. First, let’s look at a few indications you need to work on your work/life balance, then we will go over how you can start working towards this balance.
Signs you need a break
Sometimes it’s obvious you need a break. You have trouble sleeping, are constantly on your phone responding to business emails over dinner and are constantly tired. But sometimes the signs are a little subtler and only have affect years down the road. If you can tick of more than half these things listed below you may need to work on your work/life balance:
– You work longer than all your colleagues
– You are constantly thinking about work
– You find yourself missing social events in favor of work
– You get sick frequently
– Your relationships become tense instead of enjoyable
– You think your work achievements are the most important thing in your life
The first step to work/life balance
Building a work/life balance doesn’t happen overnight. In fact it’s practically impossible to suddenly restructure your life in one night. That’s why the first piece of advice is to start small. This means both that you should make small changes to your routine to work towards having a better balance and that you should be mindful of taking on too many large work projects. Like taking over several companies, unless you have a strong management team you really trust, adding to your workload is NOT the answer.
You’re not alone
In today’s world of competition and things, it can be easy to get caught up in the need for “more”, most of us do at some point. But more what is the question you should ask yourself. More stuff? Or more moments? Do you think anyone every looked back on their life and regretted not spending more time at work? Doubtful. But did they regret not taking that trip with their family? Not taking the time to enjoy more backyard bar-b-ques with friends? Not reading all they wanted to read or seeing all they wanted to see? That’s a pretty safe bet.
Don’t let it happen to you, stand back and take a look at your life. Is it balanced? Do you have more smiles and good times than work times? If not, you need to get to work fixing that and you never know what the pay-off will be…