work life balance

How do auto repair shop owners achieve work/life balance - so they can stop and breathe?

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Business owner are often caught in a never-ending work cycle. You may have started your business with passion and enthusiasm. Over time, though, the demands of ownership can take a toll on your personal life. Long hours, constant decision making, and the pressure to meet customer expectations leave you overwhelmed and burnt out. This is where achieving a work/life balance becomes essential for your well being and the success of your shop.

In this blog, we will explore a very important part of work/life balance. Delegating responsibilities to your team empowers them to take ownership of their roles. This can significantly improve your work/life balance. So what should you consider doing to maintain a healthy work/life balance as an auto repair shop owner? Below are a few helpful tips. 

Delegate to Empower

One of the critical steps in regaining work/life balance is learning to delegate effectively. Many shop owners hesitate to delegate tasks, fearing that no one can handle responsibilities as well as they can. However, not delegating only leads to an unsustainable workload and limited growth for your shop. Empowering your team by delegating tasks and responsibilities will give you more time for personal matters and foster a sense of ownership among your employees.

By gradually assigning tasks and providing the necessary support, you allow your team members to grow and take ownership of their roles. This boosts their confidence and produces a positive work environment where everyone is invested in the shop’s success.

Consider Coaching

We understand that delegating and empowering your team may initially seem challenging. You’re unsure if they can handle this task in your absence or if you can trust them with some of the best things you do. 

How did we know this? Well, at You Net Results, we are experienced coaches in the auto repair industry and have worked with numerous shop owners facing similar struggles. But the good news is that our coaching groups are designed to provide you with the tools and strategies to effectively delegate tasks, communicate expectations, and build a high-performing team.

For instance, our coaching process involves identifying your challenges and tailoring a plan that aligns with your goals. Through our guidance, you will learn to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of your team members, allowing you to delegate tasks to the right individuals and nurture their growth. As you gradually release control and trust your team, you’ll have more time to focus on personal pursuits and enjoy a healthier work/life balance.

Be Mindful

One important way to balance your work and life is to be mindful of which one you’re in. If you’re thinking, “What? I know I’m at work when I’m at the auto shop…and I know I’m at home when I’m at home,” consider how many times you think about your business while at home. Are you mentally adding up numbers when the kids are playing soccer? Have you been thinking about new marketing options during date night?

Being mindful is ensuring you’re in the moment wherever you are. It’s impossible to have a work-life balance if you are mentally at work while you’re at home! Just being conscious of this distinction can be vital in helping you find balance. 

Benefits of Achieving Work/Life Balance

Regaining control over your work/life balance offers numerous benefits, not just for you but also for your shop’s overall success. Here are some advantages you can expect:

  • Reduced Stress: A balanced life decreases stress levels, leading to better decision-making and improved overall well-being.
  • Increased Productivity: By focusing on essential tasks and empowering your team, you create an efficient and productive work environment.
  • Enhanced Employee Retention: When your team feels valued and trusted, they will likely stay committed to the shop long-term.
  • Business Growth: With a well-functioning team, you can concentrate on strategic planning and business expansion.

Work/Life Balance – Conclusion

Finding a work/life balance as an auto repair shop owner is undoubtedly challenging, but it’s not impossible. By embracing the power of delegation and empowering your team to own  their roles, you can achieve a healthier balance between your personal and professional life. 

You Net Results Can Help

Do you struggle to find a work/life balance and want to take the first step towards positive change? Then You Net Results is here to support you. We tailor our coaching services to meet the unique needs of auto repair shop owners like you. 

Contact You Net Results today, and let us help you begin the process. Book a complimentary consultation. Brian Gillis and his team will help you discover your team members’ super powers. Learn how to delegate tasks so that you can get the work/life balance you so deserve. Let’s make September the best month of your business life!

Work Life Balance - it's kind of like this.

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No matter how we work, whether virtually or onsite, we all struggle with time management. It never feels like there are enough hours in the day to accomplish all those goals we set at the beginning of the week. Finding the time to work on your family life is crucial. You can’t be your best self at work when you aren’t happy and fulfilled in your off time. That fulfillment is the essence of true work life balance.

Becoming a great leader means understanding how to be more effective with the time you have. Are there opportunities for improvement? Just like when we write our SOPs, we can structure our day more efficiently. Thus, we can go through the process more linearly, allowing us to spend more time with our families.

Work Life Balance – It feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day

Trust me; we know exactly how you feel. You see the clock ticking away and remember all those things you promised outside of work. How in the world are you going to get those tasks done, making sure you fulfill your role in everyone else’s life? It’s a struggle, but there is a way to take hold of the chaos.

We suggest you start by measuring your time, and then figuring out where the loopholes are. Physically time out your activities and develop a schedule where you meticulously plan certain tasks at certain times. You’ll be shocked just how much time you spend doing tangentially related tasks vs. tackling the objective at hand.

For example, if you need to respond to online reviews, don’t do it all day long; schedule a 1-hour period at the end of the day in order to tackle all of them at once. It’s too easy to stretch a short task into an all-day affair when we piecemeal every part of it!

Community support and business coaching through You Net Results

Lucky for you, there is a vast network of business owners who understand your specific trials and tribulations. We all experience it, and we share our methods of optimizing that work life balance. At You Net Results, we plug you into a vast network of auto repair shop owners that work together to improve each other’s businesses and share in this common goal of reaching our dreams. 

We’ll show you how to identify your KPIs, write and structure your SOPs, and design your work to match your goals in life. Retirement, family, and your next revenue goals; they are all interconnected!

Contact You Net Results today for a complimentary consultation. Brian Gillis will help you build your KPIs and plug you into a vast network of auto repair shop owners. When we all work together, we make our industry stronger! So let’s make July the best month of your business life!