Are you living the life you want to live? Or could it be better? Mark Mahoney, co-founder and president of Jackrabbit Technologies, has found ways to strike the balance of work, family and “me” time, and shares his thoughts in a new eBook, Work Life Balance.
Whether you are a leader in a company, a small business owner or an independent consultant, the eBook reveals several practical ways you can move toward the life you want to live:
- Love what you do and do what you love
When you’re doing what you love, it rarely seems like work. You give 110% and it shows in the results. Doing what you love also allows you to focus, and when you focus, real work gets done.
- Set work/life boundaries and obey them
Don’t be wishy-washy. Set real rules about your own hours and establish how “accessible” you will be outside of those hours. Remember that if you don’t have “down time,” you aren’t as productive during “work time.”
- Don’t overstretch your capacity
If you cannot do what you want to do well, do not do it. Growth is a good thing when it is planned for and when it is done with the appropriate goals in mind. One good practice for those times when you feel that a particular activity or initiative is “out-of-bounds” is to ask yourself why you’re doing it.
- Continue to learn through your mentors and peers
Learning from others who have been in situations similar to yours is one of the most valuable experiences you can have. Find someone more experienced than you in your industry, or a business person who has had successes similar to what you’re seeking, and understands your goals, challenges, strengths, weaknesses, and stress points.
- Work smarter, not harder
Step back from what you’re trying to accomplish in order to consider new ways that you can get things done. Think outside the box and use innovative tools and technologies to make your business better. Do the little things that help you get better organized and get more done in less time.
- Unplug and recharge
You need time to rejuvenate and generate energy to take on your next day. It is important to make time to do it, because, in all likelihood, it won’t just happen for you. Really unplug—weekly, and on special occasions. Even the most energetic and focused individuals need a few minutes to clear their heads, rest their eyes, and shake out their shoulders.
- Have serious fun
Enjoy a hobby. Carve out some “me” time. Take the time for self-improvement activities and personal growth. Get into something that allows you to express yourself—a sport, special interest or charity. They will actually help you grow personally, and be a better spouse, parent, teacher, boss and business owner.
Mark’s company provides a cloud-based software management system for gymnastic and cheer gyms, dance studios, swim schools, music schools, multisport centers and more. Jackrabbit’s customers are typically small business owners, many of them women, who may struggle with work/life balance. The software gives users more freedom to work more efficiently and remotely if needed.
In his own life, Mark himself stresses “being physically and mentally present” when working and playing. How does he do this? For one, he turns off work email when on vacation. Oh, and this tough one: not looking at his computer before going to bed. Finally, he schedules regular workouts — who couldn’t use a way to blow off a little steam and get fit at the same time? We could all learn how to live better through Mark’s example.
Do you have any other tips to achieve work/life balance? We’d love to hear them in the comments below!
Editor’s Note: We didn’t even cover all the tips and information Mark Mahoney shared. Download his eBook, Work Life Balance. It could be a game-changer for your life.