As a lifestyle entrepreneur, when your to-do list is jammed packed and your stack of stuff is piled to the ceiling, the first items that usually get cut are from your personal life. Yet this approach is the exact opposite of what you should do…both for your business and personal life.
According to BusinessDictionary.com, the definition of a lifestyle entrepreneur is:
An individual that creates a business with the purpose of altering their personal lifestyle and not for the sole purpose of making profits. A lifestyle entrepreneur focuses more on the life rewards provided to people that enjoy and have a passion for what they are doing. There is a possibility that the business will do particularly well since the individual has a passion for what he/she is doing.
Lifestyle Business Defined
So let me ask you a question: why did you start a lifestyle business?
If you're like me, it wasn't exclusively for lifestyle or money. It was for both! You wanted to live it forward and earn it forward.
Yet when things get busy in your lifestyle business, are you tempted to drop the lifestyle in order to focus exclusively on the business? Ironically, if you take this approach, your performance in both your business and personal life will end up suffering, along with your energy, motivation, and happiness.
Always remember, you are pursuing a lifestyle business. This means you should first get clear about the live the life you feel called to live (i.e. live it forward) and then figure out how to make the work you love fit into that life (i.e. earn it forward). It's not either/or…it's both! (If you need help figuring out how to do this, email me. This is the kind of coaching I do.)
Time Management Tips for Your Lifestyle Business
The next time you feel overwhelmed in your business, try a different approach. Regain your focus and energy by making an investment in your personal life.
Yes, you read that right! When you feel behind and drained in business, one of the best time management tips is NOT to work more, but to take a break. This time management strategy might feel counterintuitive, but it's actually a key to success in a lifestyle business.
This is not to say success in your lifestyle business doesn't require work. The most successful lifestyle entrepreneurs invest tons of energy and effort into their business.
They also make wise choices regarding their lifestyle. They spend quality and quantity time with loved ones. They invest regularly in activities like exercising, reading, and thinking deeply about life and work. Even their hobbies reenergize them.
Bottom line, they are effective in business in large part because they also effectively pursue a lifestyle they love. Investing in a life well lived is one of the best time management tips they practice.
Question: What time management tips have helped you enhance your lifestyle business?