The 'ideal' balance will be different for everyone - most people will admit to wanting to spend more time with family and friends, wanting to work less, not finding time for exercise, never taking time off.
Stepping off the work treadmill and getting a new perspective is important to get some focus on what you're doing and why. It's the simple things that can make a difference and realise what's really important. It's not about working really hard and having a successful business - it's about what that gives you.
I know too many people who are missing out on spending time with their children, seeing them grow up because they work long hours. Who's health is suffering because of the pressure and stress of work - usually only doing something about it when something serious happens.
It works both ways - if you run your own business, you don't have to spend every waking hour on it and work late and at weekends in order to make it successful.
If you work for someone else you can use your time more effectively to get more done in the time available. An average of 1-2 hours of office time are wasted on distractions and interruptions, adding up to thousands of wasted hours in a year. Happy, balanced employees will work more productively, get more done and take less time off sick.
Take a look at how balanced your life is at the moment - decide what you want to change and then take steps to make that change happen - Life Balance Wheel - http://forms.aweber.com/form/80/1061988180.htm
A few simple tips:
- Plan time to create more balance in your life. Create better boundaries so work time doesn't spill over into personal time.
- Use the time you have more productively and more efficiently to give you more time to do the things you enjoy.
- Prioritise what you have to do, so you focus on the important and avoid distractions and time-wasters.
You can download my free Time Audit here - http://www.clareevans.co.uk/TimeManagementAudit.htm