Being a successful entrepreneur is no easy feat. Between managing teams, hiring new recruits, identifying strategies to build your business and looking for new investment opportunities, just to name a few of the key responsibilities, there’s not a lot of time left at the end of the day. For successful entrepreneurs however, the household names we aim to follow in the footsteps of, they know how to find the key balance that lets them manage everything without burn out. We’ve dissected the most renowned entrepreneur’s schedules and lifestyle habits and created an infographic sharing tips on how you can find their balance because that’s the key to success. If you’re looking for a better work-home-life balance and let’s face it we all are, then let’s learn from the best.
The average working week
The average working week differs for many entrepreneurs. Depending on the nature of the business, the industry, the location, the amount of staff you employ and the stage of business development, the amount of hours required is vastly different. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, doesn’t finish work until 11pm despite starting the day at 5am but Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, makes a point of being home for family time at 6.30pm. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, wakes at 3.45am to work through his 700-800 emails so that he can actually do work during the day. Life is busy for all business owners, but a few things entrepreneurs have in common when it comes to balancing their days is:
- Sleep as much as you need. Whereas science might suggest we need 8 hours every night you know your body better than anyone else.
- Check technology in the morning. While it’s tempting to check emails before bed, it can cause stress and anxiety and hinder your sleep pattern.
- Mediate, exercise and relax. Time to reset is important and exercise and meditation can relieve stress and worries. 20 minutes of meditation is recommended.
- Simplify tasks and your day. By reducing micro-decisions, entrepreneurs can save time, brainpower and additional stress. Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs both wore the same outfit to take away that decision-making time. Likewise food prepping and eating per a routine can also simplify your schedule.
- Declutter your work environment. The tasks that we put off but would love to find the time for. Organising our inbox, unsubscribing from ineffective newsletters, removing software and programmes we have no use for, going paperless; all will help make your day to day life run more smoothly. Also deal with important task primarily instead of procrastinating.
- Make time for family. They’ll keep your grounded and they’re probably your main source of motivation and inspiration.
- Work as per your business needs. Remember hard work pays off.