If you’re happy working every hour God sends, good for you. If not, here’s some advice on how to give your wellbeing a boost along with your career
In a society that wants us to ‘have it all’, achieving that work-life balance is far easier said than done. There are times when it feels impossible to meet all your obligations and do everything to the best of your ability.
When you’re juggling family commitments and the pressures of work, you’ll probably end up dropping a few balls. Not beating yourself up about it is key to finding that balance.
Here are a few other real-life hacks:
1. Play to your strengths
Don’t try and be all things to all people. Focus on your strengths and outsource the others.
You may have a to-do list with 50 tasks on it, so you need to prioritize those tasks into four categories.
Urgent and important
Important but not urgent
Urgent but not important
Neither urgent nor important.
3. Know your peaks and troughs
Are you a morning person?
If you are, assign tough, high-concentration tasks to the mornings. Don’t leave the tough tasks until its night time and vice versa.
4. Plot some personal time
Don’t do it if you don’t make time for your personal life your “me” time, including your family and your health you won’t have a business to go back to.
5. Have set work hours and stick to them
Set work hours for yourself and do everything in your power to stick to them.
6. Find time for your finances
Whether you work for yourself or not, it’s important to feel confident about your finances.
7. Manage your time, long term
Create an action plan for your activities. Specific computer programs can help with this, or you can customize your own Excel spreadsheet or Word table.
8. Make your workspace work for you
Working for yourself does tend to require long hours and not much downtime, so invest in equipment that will support you.
9. Make exercise a must-do, not a should-do
It’s easy to cancel the gym, the evening run or yoga class because a client wants something done yesterday.
Instead, ensure that exercise is given as much priority as your clients and making money.
A healthy body means a fresh mind, which means you will function better and complete tasks in less time.
10. Take time to make time
Invest in time-tracking tools. There are plenty of tools you can use to track everything from the frequency and duration of meetings to chasing and converting leads.
11. Do what you love
Make time for something you love other than work and give it the time it deserves. It will energise and refresh you, and enable you to nurture the creative thought that is essential to every business owner.
12. Be realistic
At the end of each working day, perform a little self-analysis. Ask yourself what worked today, what didn’t, what went wrong and how the issue can be fixed.
13. Manage your mind
When fear or self-doubt or anxiety creeps in, do some work on your mental health such as meditation or reading a business book.
Alternatively, spend time with someone who will lift you up and support you.
14. Take a break
Remember to take time out throughout your day.
Some tasks are easier than others, so if you find yourself with an hour up your sleeve, be realistic about whether you can “afford” to rest or not.
You might not have time every day to simply sit and “be”, but do your best to give yourself a lunch break.
Also, make a point of getting up and stretching every 15 minutes. It will help you become clearer, more focused and more productive.
Making time for yourself and creating schedules that are as stress-free as possible, require a little planning and a lot of determination.