Tips for a better work-life balance
I was surprised to learn that a disappointing 4% say that their work-life balance tips more towards life. I’m no life coach – and as a fairly new business myself (3rd year) I wanted to share what I do to help reach a more balanced lifestyle.
I’m a Mum of 2 young girls, 5 and 7 years, and I know how hard it is running your own business – juggling all types of tasks each day. My mind very rarely switches off thinking about the things I need to get done, the things I would like to get done, and then thinking about the things for the things I would like to get done. It really is never ending and I can see how it can eventually consume you leaving you feeling drained, deflated and perhaps even resentful.
So, here are my top tips to get the scale tipping the other way.
Prepare a plan based on your goals and then break this down into daily, weekly and monthly tasks (to-do lists). This will help you to keep focused, productive and more importantly – motivated.
Schedule the tasks and to-do lists around your current lifestyle. Use a diary system to help you keep track. Remember the reasons why you chose to become a business owner in the first place, and apply those reasons to your schedule.
Work out if you are a “morning person” or an “evening person” – and where ever possible, schedule the more daunting, brain taxing & stressful tasks for that time of the day when you are more likely to tackle them more effectively.
If you are feeling overwhelmed with stress, and work overload – think how you can move that feeling away. Work out, what is the root cause of your stress. Is this something you could outsource, or get some advice on.
Take a review of all the activities that you do each day. Are there any, that, if you are honest – are really time wasting activities? You should be honest with yourself here – and if there are any – take them out of your routine. Two examples would be:
- constantly reading and dealing with emails
- Getting swept into the strong Social Media undercurrent.
Turn devices off that distract you. Whether it’s email, social media notifications, or your mobile phone. This will truly help you to focus and complete the tasks in hand in record time.
Take time out – get some exercise. I love the gym – especially running – and I have learned that if I want to go to the gym – I MUST schedule this in. If I don’t – then I never make it, because something else crops up. Plan to get away from your desk, or work area for an hour or so each day. Go for a walk, or a jog – take an exercise class or go for a swim. Exercise is proven to reduce stress. I find that it helps me to detach, relax and more often – I feel more energised when I return.
Get some sleep. I mean – ensure at least once a week you go to bed early. Sleep affects your mood – and if you haven’t had enough – by the end of the week you are probably going to be irritable and less tolerant. Not a good recipe to start the weekend with family.
Book family activities in advance. Schedule in work and other tasks around these precious family days.
And finally – recognise when things are too much for you, and act before it escalates. Get help. This may in the form of a business or life coach, asking family or friends for support, or even deciding to take some real time out – a long break, a well-deserved holiday. Don’t feel guilty for leaving your business behind for a while. Your health is far more important.
If you are needing an extra pair of hands, whether just for the short term, one-off, or you would like support for a little longer – feel free to get in touch to find out how I can help take some of that stress away. Call me on 0330 223 2136 or complete the contact form.
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