6 Ways to Balance Your Business and Social Life

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For a long time, women believed that they could not have both a lucrative business life and an active social one. There was a notion that a commitment to one meant that you had to sacrifice the other. However, as more women enter the business sector, we see that it is indeed possible to have both. Here are six ways to successfully juggle your business and social life.

#1: Have Clear Priorities

It is important that you decide what is important to you socially and what is important to you in your business life. This way, you will be able to decide on those issues that you will not compromise or sacrifice in your social and professional life. Once you have established these guidelines, it will become much easier for you to balance these two aspects of your life because you will know when to step back from one to make time for the other.

#2: Take Advantage of Modern Conveniences

Another way to ensure that there is symmetry in your professional and personal life is to make use of technology. We are fortunate enough to live in a time when getting things done and communicating does not have to be face-to-face. You no longer need to travel halfway around the world or around the country for a meeting, you can do it via skype or teleconference. Use the technological resources available to you to handle some of your business affairs so that you will have more time for your social life.

#3: Delegate

If you are in a position to do so, ensure that you surround yourself with employees or co-workers who are competent at their jobs. If you do this, you will be able to delegate certain tasks to them and be confident that they will be done well. When you delegate, you will have more time to engage in social activities.

#4: Let the Small Things Go

There is no need to stress over every little detail. You do not need to attend every work related function. There will be a few that are not mandatory that may not necessarily require your presence. Missing one or two is unlikely to adversely affect your career. Similarly, there will be social events that you can skip without it affecting your social relationships. Learn which events are important and learn to let some of the others go.

#5: Take the Time to Relax

While it is important to be committed to your career, it is also important to make time to relax. Relaxation does not necessarily have to be a long vacation. It can be as simple as going to the spa or going to an amusement park. It will allow you to unwind and rejuvenate, ultimately making you better at your job.

#6: Commend Yourself For Your Successes

When you accomplish a professional goal, celebrate it! Gather with family and friends and do something special or treat yourself to something you always wanted. It is important that you acknowledge the strides you make in your profession because it motivates you to continue doing well. Also, It is important to share it with those close to you because when they see that you are committed and successful in your career, they will be more understanding when you have to miss social gatherings and more willing to plan them around your schedule.

Chevel Powell

Chevel Powell is an international student from Jamaica who currently studies at Dillard University. She intends to attend law school after completing her bachelors degree in Political Science. Her interests include; writing, reading, political analysis, volunteerism and taekwondo. She lives by the mantra "if it is to be, its up to me." She is commonly described as ambitious, assertive, goal oriented and altruistic.

 

Walker's Legacy is a growing global women in business collective founded to establish networks of empowerment and access for women of color in business.

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