Holly Wood

Strategies for Busy Leaders and Entrepreneurs to find work life balance

by | Dec 15, 2023 | Business Growth, Coaching, Digital Mentor & Coach, Mindset, Positive Psychology, Productivity

If you’re a busy person in a leadership position you need to read this! You DO NOT need to burn-out to succeed. I repeat, you do not need to burn-out to succeed!

But I get it, finding a balance between work and personal life is a challenge. Whether you’re a CEO, Entrepreneur, Founder, the demands of running a business or leading a team often leave little time for self-care and personal fulfillment. However, achieving a healthy work-life balance is not only crucial for individual wellbeing but also enhances your productivity and overall success (believe me, there’s scientific research to back it up!). And that’s what flourishing is all about!

As the one and only Flourish Mentor, I’m on a mission to create strategies for busy leaders to find work life balance and to be successful without compromising their wellbeing. Let’s touch on some pillars that I’d love you to consider…


1. Prioritising Self-Care:

Self-care is not a luxury! In fact, you need to start thinking strategically about your self-care! As a Leader, Entrepreneur or Business Owner, self-care is an essential component of maintaining work-life balance & success. Make time for activities that recharge and rejuvenate you. Whether it’s practicing mindfulness, engaging in physical exercise, or pursuing hobbies, make self-care a non-negotiable part of your routine. Remember, taking care of yourself allows you to bring your best self to both your personal and professional lives.

2. Set Boundaries:

One of the biggest challenges for busy Leaders and Entrepreneurs is the blurring of boundaries between work and personal life. When you don’t have clear boundaries, you’re creating energy leaks! No matter how busy you are, it’s essential to establish clear boundaries by defining specific work hours and personal time. Communicate these boundaries to your team and clients, ensuring that they respect your non-working hours. Remember, you’re setting an example being in a leadership position and prioritising wellbeing has the most incredible ripple-effect on the motivation and success of your team.

3. Delegate and Outsource:

As a Leader, Business Owner or Entrepreneur, it’s essential to recognise that you don’t have to do everything yourself. I know! Chances are you probably got to where you are by doing just that. But in order to find work life balance, it’s integral to delegate tasks to your team and outsource certain responsibilities to professionals. Think about when you’re in your genius zone and how your company or business is going to benefit most from your time. Then leverage the skills and expertise of others, to free up valuable time and mental bandwidth, allowing you to focus on strategic and high-value activities. I mean what’s the point in being in a leadership position if your role isn’t demonstrating some sort of ROI?!

4. Embrace Technology:

Take advantage of technology to streamline your work processes and increase efficiency. Implement project management strategies, tools, communication platforms, and productivity apps to better organise your tasks and collaborate with your team. Automate repetitive tasks wherever possible, freeing up time for more meaningful activities. Embracing technology can significantly improve productivity and create more time for personal pursuits… One of the best starting points is seriously utilising your Google Cal! I manage both my work and personal life from mine and share it with my husband – we both time-block all our activities and it makes the juggle so much easier!

5. Practice Effective Time Management:

On the topic of time-blocking, this is just one methodology that I teach my clients (and it’s so simple, yet a total game-changer!). It’s important to develop effective time management habits to optimise your productivity. Prioritise tasks based on urgency and importance, and avoid multitasking, as it can lead to decreased efficiency and increased stress. Identify your peak energy periods and allocate them to important tasks that require focused attention. Ie. if you know you’re a morning person, get the tasks that are most demanding of your energy done in the mornings… you’ll thank me for this later!

6. Cultivate Supportive Networks:

Community is one of my core values and it can bee isolating at the top (whether you’re a CEO, Founder or Business Owner). Surround yourself with individuals who understand the challenges and aspirations of being a busy leader or entrepreneur. Join professional communities, attend networking events, and seek mentorship or coaching from experienced professionals. Sharing experiences and ideas with others who are on a similar journey can provide valuable support and perspective, reducing feelings of isolation and overwhelm. This is exactly why I love to Coach and Mentor clients, as sometimes just having someone else to bounce ideas with, vent to and strategise with can make the world of difference. (You can see the different ways to work with me HERE!)

These are just a few strategies for Busy Leaders to find work life balance – but please know that it is an ongoing journey that requires intentional effort and commitment. As a busy leader or entrepreneur, it’s essential to prioritise your personal wellbeing and create a sustainable lifestyle that allows you to thrive both personally and professionally. This is why implementing Positive Psychology tools is so effective for Leaders – by implementing these strategies, including prioritising self-care, setting boundaries, delegating tasks, leveraging technology, managing time effectively, and cultivating supportive networks, you can find the balance you desire and lead a fulfilling life while achieving your professional goals.

Flourish First and success follows.

Remember, work-life balance is not about achieving perfection but rather finding a harmony that aligns with your values and aspirations. Prioritise your wellbeing, nurture your personal life, and watch as your professional success flourishes.

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