Finding a Balance Between Work and Play

finding a balanceFinding a balance between work and play isn’t always easy especially in today’s tough economy. Many small business owners feel compelled to think about their business 24/7. This may sound admirable but that kind of imbalance can have negative impact on your productivity, creativity and your health.

Rory Kaluza is the social media director for The Outsourcing Company and his recent blog provides six great tips for finding a balance between work and play. Below is an excerpt from his blog post.

Work vs. Fun – Finding a Balance

I am a firm believer that some of the most creative ideas are derived from real life experiences. People have a natural hunger for novelty and inspiration. The root of this inspiration usually stems from real life events and observations. When at work, there is always something driving your efforts. You may be thinking about that next pay check or a vacation you are working towards. While ideas can not be executed without work, play can contribute to higher quality ideas and more efficient execution. In light of this, here are some tips on nurturing the balance between work and play.

  • Identify the top 5 non-work activities that relieve stress and make you happy. Set aside 2-4 hours each week to participate in these activities.
  • Take a break once a day to step back from your work, reflect on progress and put things into perspective.
  • Create a fun work environment by making your work space less constricting. For example, add a putting green, post inspirational art/quotes and even consider painting your office a different color.
  • Reward yourself based on goals. For example, if you finish a big project, take a 2 day ski trip.
  • Eat right, exercise and live healthy. Some of the most successful people are also very healthy. Keeping you body healthy makes you feel better and less stressful.

To learn more about finding a balance between work and play check out Rory’s entire blog post at:

Let me know if you have some additional tips that are helping you find a balance.