This month I am bringing you a guest post by Chelsea Lamb. Even though the business landscape is slowly changing, it is still more difficult than it should be for a woman to rise in the business world. To become successful in your chosen profession, you will have to manage the responsibilities of your current life with the stressful requirements of running a business. Here are some ways you can balance the two halves of your life so that you can run a successful business while maintaining a healthy home life.
Understand the barriers
Traditionally, women have had to work harder than men to rise through the ranks of the business world. The structure has slightly changed in the past decade — 29 percent of the world’s companies have women employed in senior management positions, up several percentage points—yet as Ivey Business Journal points out, the ratio of women in top roles has remained virtually unchanged for a decade.
As a woman who owns and operates her own business, you will have to prove yourself while battling gender prejudices in order to become a successful and trustworthy member of the business community. This can take a toll on your personal and social life. Overworked people experience severe levels of almost constant stress. This is particularly severe for women, as they tend to physically manifest the negative effects of stress, as opposed to men, who often respond by bottling their emotions up.
Another factor that adds to the stress women in the business world experience is managing your online reputation. Despite your best efforts to remain professional and courtesy during our online interactions, one can occasionally come across people who will attempt to smear your good name.
If you’ve ever been the victim of a hate campaign, doxxing, or some form of online scam, then you need to take action as soon as possible. Since employers and clients will likely search for you online before offering a job, getting rid of malicious content will ensure you get the position without any negativity hanging over your head. Big Leap explains working with an online analysis company, as well as legal professionals with knowledge about this type of crime, can help you gather evidence and take legal action against the perpetrators. Better yet, they can help you remove this content from the internet altogether.
Turn down projects to make time for yourself
As a business owner, you may feel like you have to take on every project possible to get your business running comfortably. In many cases, it is absolutely a good idea to take a variety of projects to acquire clients, build relationships with contacts, and make money. Keep in mind, though, that starting a new business can be a long haul and can drain your energy. Find ways to cut back when you can. If you are experiencing high levels of stress every day, you may want to consider turning down a project or two. Other options are to delegate tasks to freelancers or take on an intern.
This will give you time to take care of yourself throughout the day—to relax, exercise, eat a healthy meal, and cap your day off with a full night’s sleep. Making time for yourself each day will paradoxically help you juggle your responsibilities, as you’ll be more alert, driven, and productive during the day. It will also give you more time to take care of your work without neglecting your other duties. Finally, it will help keep you healthy and make you more mentally healthy overall.
Adjust your attitude to become more positive
Part of running a business is taking charge. Many cultural traditions tend to devalue women, and that may have influenced your overall worldview, whether you know it or not. In your quiet time, make a point to affirm yourself. Remind yourself that you are strong, capable, intelligent, and a success in your field. Then, carry this attitude into your workdays. If you need to negotiate, go in with full force and ask for a better deal. Always continue evolving past what you think you can do.
Many women feel that they have to take on a great number of responsibilities in the business world to acquire the respect of their peers. This, coupled with additional social and familial duties, can cause stress and decreased productivity. In order to juggle these responsibilities and become the best business owner you can be, take steps to reduce stress and improve your overall outlook on life.
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