How to achieve your business goals while still having fun

It’s an age old truth; ‘choose a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life’. Some would argue that the ultimate wealth in life is to do what you want, when you want, so work life balance is to do exactly that. But how can you achieve your business goals while still having a fun, fulfilling life outside of work?

Here are five top tips to help achieve work life balance:

1. Meet in social environments

Having your meetings in social environments rather than stuffy offices is much more enjoyable and also more effective. Keep in mind that clients do business with people, not flash offices. It’s easier to develop a relationship over a round of golf, on a boat, or even going for a walk. There is nothing wrong with mixing business and pleasure. Why not pay for coffees in a five-star hotel with exceptional service instead of being cooped up in an office?

2. Organise events

Events are a great way to network and make valuable business connections while having fun at the same time. Be the instigator of setting up events or functions as the organisers are always centre of attention and the audience is always attracted to them.

3. Get over your fear of public speaking

Having 20 one-on-one meetings with clients who may not be interested in what you have to say is a poor management. Your time is precious and this will become tedious and unenjoyable very quickly. If you speak at public events for only 30 minutes in front of 100-200 potential clients, you’re likely to have at least five to ten interested people approach you, which is a much more effective use of your time.

4. Learn to outsource

The real key to achieving work life balance is about leveraging your time which is a limited resource. Time really is money. Put a value on your time (e.g. $100, $200 or $500 per hour) and then outsource anything that costs less to someone else. Then use this time to make better business decisions that will make you more money. For example, if you can free up more time to buy just one more property, and that property makes $25-50k per year, then it’s worth the small cost of outsourcing.

5. Have fun

It may seem like an obvious one, but try to make every task fun. No matter how much you might dread a particular task, remind yourself that there are no rules. Anything is possible.

You’ve got to get out of the ‘I have to work from 8am to 6pm’ mindset, and get into the mindset of ‘what do I need to achieve by the end of the day/week?’ How can you get the best job done in the shortest space of time and how can you make it fun? If you have fun, so will your clients and colleagues.

Author: Chris Gray is CEO of Your Empire, a buyers agency which builds property portfolios for time-poor people. Searching, negotiating, renovating and managing property on their behalf. Chris’s team buys 1-2 properties a week and often spends $5m+ a year renovating on others behalf, providing a unique insight into market conditions and buyer and seller sentiment. Chris hosts “Your Property Empire’ each Monday on Sky News Business channel, where he interviews various heads of property research companies and major industry figures. Chris is a qualified accountant, buyers’ agent and mortgage broker. For more information visit www.yourempire.com.auwww.chrisgray.com.au and follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisGrayEmpire

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