The most important thing is, what entrepreneurs need in 2019?
The answer is actually very simple; we all know it but hate to admit it, it’s Work-Life Balance! The key to staying sane, but the title creative entrepreneur comes with a heavy burden of never stopping. We turn into machines that never want to stop, sometimes even while sleeping we are dreaming about genius ideas and visions that we can implement in the morning…. and many us will try it in the middle of the night.
Take Time to Feed Your Soul
With this new wave about self-care and “Living Your Best Life”, which hopefully is here to stay, it is definitely time to do things that make you feel happy from within and allows you to thrive. We live in such a fast-paced life, with unlimited competition around, it only makes sense to slow down a bit and indulge in the realness of life. Find your purpose, a cause that you believe in; do your bit for yourself. People find happiness in different things, some feel happy helping others, some people find happiness in simple routines like drinking their favorite tea, people watching, reading their favorite author, or taking a stroll in the park, whatever it is that makes you feel complete, make time every day to make that happen. Nourishing your soul is as important as feeding your body.
Stop Running a Sprint, And Enjoy The Marathon
We know life is short, but that does not mean we start torturing our brain over success. In today’s world, social media impressions tell us that someone with a million followers is more successful than someone who has lower followers, but is that really true? Success has different meanings for different people. According to me, career is a part of life, it surely gives you recognition but it cannot be the only thing that measures success. For me success means balance if you are able to wake up every morning with peace of mind if you are able to travel to places with your loved ones if you have a den you can call your office; if you are able to share the wealth you make - You are successful. Therefore, set your own standards of success!
Your Team is Your Investment
Every financial year, do make a new tab on whether you have earned enough goodwill with your employees, staff, and/or partners. Your creative team is what makes you! Make sure to give them respect, comfort & the freedom to show what they are capable of. Make your creative working atmosphere less tensed & more productive.
Quality is Key
Be it the product industry or service sector, wherever you go & whatever you do make sure to never compromise with quality. Today, every consumer is intelligent & wants value for money. Key to a successful business is a loyal customer. There is no better way to make sure that you get a repeat client than to give them the quality they cannot resist. It is a fact that money can lure you into considering quantity over quality but it can never be a long-term plan.
Don't Let Social Media Take Over Your Life
It is a fact that today we judge our life by what we see around us, especially on platforms like Instagram. There are a million people who live to share every happy moment with a tinge of good editing to make every day look like a dream. Don't let these edited images & perfect captions fool you. Live for the real moments, detox from social media pressures in 2019, make real memories, the kind of memories you wouldn't want to share with the world because they are too good to be true! The constant need to up your game because people you follow on Instagram have set materialistic goals. This can take a toll on your mental health even without you realizing, so my advice would be to sit back in 2019 & challenge yourself to not check your feed constantly. Instead, live life to the fullest & stop comparing! You are enough, cherish that.
Finding life balance requires some effort
The search for balance is a constant work in progress. There’s no visible ending to it. You change, your life changes, work circumstances change, people’s needs change, which is why you have to keep finding the motivation to keep going, to keep your life balance and adapt it to the current situation.
To save yourself from unnecessary grey hair, always remember that everything can’t be perfect all the time. Don’t be disappointed if something doesn’t work out the way you wanted it to. Breath, count to ten, look for another way. To always be on a roll, I recommend finding one’s own inspiration and motivation.
Traveling -– my favorite. And I’m not talking about vacations right now. Life as a digital nomad, or at least a frequent traveler, is what can help maintain balance in your life and keep your brain alive and motivated. See, frequently living like this fills your life with challenges. You need to deal with logistics, coming to terms with other nations’ lifestyles, new food, routine, etc. Working at home may be comfortable, but leaving your comfort zone, working as a nomad activates the parts of the brain that are otherwise inactive, thus, keeping you all fit, balanced, and ready for anything. This kind of living reminds me of a rock star on tour. You’re not a tourist, you work while on the move, but at the same time, you’re your own tour manager and road crew.
Meditation or other practice. Not everyone can become a nomad overnight, but everyone needs to clear their heads from time to time. Meditation is one of the best ways, they say it even helps us live longer because reducing stress is crucial for our cells. However, it’s not for everyone. And to be honest, it’s not always working for me either. That’s why I’m always in the search for new practices and activities to clear my head.
Work hard, play hard. Even if you earn your living with your creative passion and love every minute of it, you’re not immune to stress, pressure, especially if your creative career requires a lot of responsibility and concentration. This is the part where you choose another activity that you love that will absorb all of your attention and take your mind off of work. Sports and exercise are, of course, a great options, as they not only get your mind off of working matters but also helps you stay fit. But you can go for something different as well — photography, drawing, cooking, painting, or even writing a book. All of this will work, as long as you can fully immerse yourself into whatever you’re doing.
And to sum all these up, I want to share the quote by Stefan Sagmeister:
Finding a life balance is like finding a happiness: there is no right way to do it. There is only your way, your efforts, your time and your happiness. ~ Stefan Sagmeister
Hope you continue striving for the perfect balance of work and play for you and your creative mind. Always open the doors to your dreams, and Win On Purpose!