If you are anything like me, (or like I used to be) you will love what you do but struggle to create a good work/life balance. It can be difficult to juggle everything life throws at you between work, family, social time or just a need to take time for yourself. One of the best ways I have found to counteract this is by following a few tried and tested methods.
Work and life can be a fine line and with many of us working from home in the current climate, it can be hard to separate the two, here are my top tips for finding that all important work life balance:
One of the best ways to free up some work and home time is by outsourcing some of your daily or monthly tasks. It’s important to look at getting the right people doing the right jobs for you. Depending on the nature of your business and how hands-on you are in the day to day running of your company, this could be anything from outsourcing general or time consuming admin tasks right up to larger and more specialised parts of your business. Many of my clients will outsource their social media to me which can make a big difference.
Rent an Office
If you are working from home, your work and home life barrier can often get a little blurred. If you notice that your home life is creeping into your work life or vice versa it might be worth renting an office space away from your home in order to concentrate fully on your work. This also has the added benefit of giving you an “end” to your working day. I have recently done this myself and it has made a world of difference to my productivity.
Prioritise Your Hours
Prioritising your hours and mapping out your day is an excellent way to keep track of your time and where you might be losing valuable hours concentrating on or getting distracted by the “wrong” things. If you feel that your day is a jumble of jumping from one thing to another before the last job is finished then mapping out your day and the hours you have available is an effective tool in gaining control of your work/life balance.
Take a Breather
Finally, it is perfectly ok to take time-out! If work is getting stressful or homelife is a bit chaotic, it’s fine to take time out for you. Even if it is five minutes a day to do something you enjoy or going for a walk to clear your head. Burning yourself out doesn’t do you, your business or your family any good in the long run.
If you need help to identify what areas of your business you need to be focussing on or you need to outsource your marketing tasks because you don’t have the time or the know-how, I can help. You can start by booking a no-obligation time in my diary for an informal chat about your business goals.
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