Once you’ve begun a new chapter of your career when making the move to self-employment, it’s normal that you would want to invest as much time and effort as you can into it. You might find yourself working to death just to chase your business goals. Don’t lose yourself in this pursuit of growth. Maintain an internal compass that will guide you and help you rediscover the joy in your work.
Finding and maintaining happiness while you are self-employed means keeping yourself grounded and not being washed away in the torrent of work and stress.
1. Set parameters now: What is happiness for you?
It is important to know that there isn’t always one definition for ‘happiness’. As such, it follows that your motivation and driving force in pursuit of ‘happiness’ will not stay constant. For self-employed individuals, the ability to manage one’s time for work may have been a big factor in their move to self-employment. Some like being able to work from home. Others wanted a shift in environment.
As your business grows, your motivations may also change. Don’t be afraid to be flexible in your goals. Don’t let yourself be pinned-down by your former notions of happiness. Instead, grow together with your business.
2. How much money is enough?
In the entrepreneurial community, most people talk about the growth of the business and about making more money. Even some of the business person has reached their goals in terms of the income targets, they still looking for higher goals. There is nothing wrong with that practice as long as you’re doing this because it makes you happy.
There is no denying that money is essential in paying the bills and all, plus treating yourself to a little luxury you’ve certainly earned. In this sense, as long as you feel the returns of your effort not only in the growth of your bank account but your sense of fulfillment and happiness, it’s okay. However, if you no longer feel like both your happiness and income aren’t increasing together, then it is time to reconsider whether you still really need to earn more than what makes you happy now.
3. Finding balance and harmony between work and personal life
You may think that the perfect “work-life balance” means spending equal time between work and your personal life. However, once your business has grown to a certain extent, you may find it difficult to invest equal parts of your time into these two different worlds.
Instead, learn to integrate both these halves into your life. There is no need to draw a fine line between the two. Unless you can divide yourself into two persons to focus on each half, you will always find yourself toeing the line between work and personal life.
There’s no specific method to achieving this work-life harmony. It varies from person to person, and how much weight they put into their work and personal life. However, here are some ways you can help calibrate yourself when it comes to balancing your life:
- Set priorities – Put effort into giving time for things you know are important to you, like family;
- Look back – Analyze what you have done at the end of the day and try to rebalance it as needed;
- Plug and unplug – Connect and communicate with other people and see what advice they can share to you. Conversely, take a small portion of your day to be alone away from email, social media or on the fast-paced technology world;
- Move – Something like small walk will help refresh your mind and body;
- Set space – If you work from home, try to establish a space you can dedicate yourself to working;
- Check time – Be aware of your working hours. Unless absolutely necessary, stick only to your working hours and spend some time for yourself.
4. Don’t compare yourself
You must always remember that your business goals and what you value are different from another people’s business. Regardless of your goals, values and stage you’re in, avoid comparing what you have to others. Instead, be grateful with your situation, move at your own pace, accept you’re at different stages, and focus on how you will make your business grow more.
5. Constantly rediscover your passion
In starting your business, it was likely driven by a core value. As your business grows you will be engaged in other areas of necessity like financing, filing taxes, and dealing with the day-to-day tasks. Because of this, you will spend so much time that you have very little time for your passion that you may feel that you lost it. If you want your business to succeed, it is important to rediscover your passion and why you chose that path in the first place.