FINDING BALANCE: Time Management

by Jana Beals, September 12, 2020


Mark owns a printing business in a downtown location, and his business has a fairly steady stream of work, but it could be busier.

There are seven employees, and the heavy workload really calls for another employee or two. The problem is...

Mark is doing the work of two people, and is so caught up in filling orders that the thought of hiring extra help hasn’t even crossed his mind. What he doesn’t realize is that his business volume could double by hiring extra help.   


This happens more often than not in sole proprietor businesses; the owner got into the business because they really like what they’re doing, and they put 110% effort in day after day.


However, owners can get tunnel vision. They see that there are jobs to complete, orders to fill, and they roll up their sleeves to get the job done.


There is a great pride of ownership, and sense of fulfillment when an order is done well, and delivered on time. After all, that’s why they got into the business!


Sounds good, right? Maybe not so much.


What owners like Mark don’t notice are the things that, well, don’t get noticed! For instance, they might miss the fact that there aren’t any new orders waiting for them because they weren’t tending to business development.


Owners work 80 plus hours a week, sometimes neglecting to take care of their health, and they are disengaged from family and friends.

The owners couldn’t understand why that cough wouldn’t go away,and why friends and family seemed distant.


There are real consequences to living a life that is out of balance.  


Before any major breakdowns occur, wise business owners must take the time to evaluate, and adjust any areas in their business that are out of balance:

·       workloads that are equally distributed among all workers

·       employee satisfaction

·       quality of work produced

·       business development


Self-care is important for business owners. Develop good habits that provide a balance between work and personal life. Examples of good habits include:


·       setting aside time to read at least 30 minutes daily

·       having a meal with friends or family daily

·       exercise at least 3 times a week for a half hour

·       set a definite time to leave work every day and stick to it


You, your employees, and clients will appreciate the balanced approach you and your business provide.


è Have you experienced tunnel vision while running your business?


è What did you do about it, and how did it turn out?


è Would you ever consider outsourcing for short- or long-term tasks?