Balancing your work and social life can be hard enough, but when you are also trying to grow a successful business, often it’s your private life that ends up taking a back seat.
Sometimes it feels like we’re living to work, not working to live – which is just not right. Beu provides salons and self-employed beauty therapists with software to automate their work flow, but there are other things you can do to get your work-life balance back into check, and get back to living la dolce vita.
The urgent/important matrix
Prioritising your time can be tricky, and with your smartphone always within reach, it feels like there are a million and one ways to get distracted. If you often feel like you’re fighting fires, then the urgent/important matrix could help you plan ahead and stay on top of your to-do list.
The matrix breaks down tasks into the following four quadrants:
Urgent and important
There are generally two types of task that fall into quadrant one – tasks that could be foreseen, and those that couldn’t.
If you find yourself stuck on urgent and important tasks and always up against a deadline on work that could have been foreseen, then maybe more focus needs to be put into quadrant two and planning your workload.
Not urgent but important
These are the tasks that you need to do to achieve your goals. It could be sorting out a new marketing strategy for your salon, or learning a promising new treatment that could boost your profits. By staying on top of not urgent but important tasks, you will remove time-sensitive jobs, hopefully reducing work stress and freeing up some social time for yourself.
Urgent but not important
Often, tasks that fall into this category are other people’s problems. Unnecessary emails are a killer for productivity. If you can schedule your emails for a certain time of the day and smash them all at once, rather than as they come in, it could help you to claw back some time. Often a lot of tasks that you can delegate fall into this category so don’t be afraid to ask for a little help from time to time.
Not urgent and not important
Learn to say “no”. Tasks in this quadrant are things you don’t really want to do anyway, and they don’t contribute to anything.
Setting boundaries can block these tasks before they get to you, and avoid the friction that can come with saying no.
Identifying what kind of tasks you spend your time doing with these quadrants will help you get back on track and keep your work-life balance in check. If you find yourself spending too much time taking care of admin or organising bookings then maybe Beu business management could help you.
Beu provides a software platform that will let your clients book and reschedule their appointments, and allow you to run your business from anywhere.
Find out more at beuapp.com/get-software