Finding a healthy balance between your work and personal life is something nearly everyone struggles with. It’s not always easy, but it’s important to make time for both since too much of either can be detrimental.
It’s been said that “Too much work makes Jack a dull boy,” this is certainly true if you devote yourself to your career to the exclusion of everything else. Even if you love your job you may feel consumed by it if it’s all you have in your life.
When you devote yourself to one thing, whether it is work or something personal, you may feel overwhelmed by it. Working constantly without taking time off for yourself may cause problems in both worlds. Everyone needs a little personal time to recharge from time to time.
Maintaining a proper distance between work and your personal life is probably the hardest for people who run their own business. When you’re in business for yourself there can be virtually no quitting time. This is particularly true when your business is fledgeling and a huge financial investment. Despite the difficulty of doing it, it still is a good idea to find some personal time for you. It will give you time to regroup, so you can go back to work with a renewed vigour. If you don’t your personal relationships may suffer.
Today I’m sharing with you some tips on how I’ve learned to balance work and my personal life. I haven’t perfected it, but I have learned some tips that definitely make things easier.
Do a Schedule
Create an overall monthly schedule. This will help you to have a general schedule for the month. You can make time for focus time (time spent on projects to grow your business), flex time (time spent on the current tasks to operate your business) and free time (time just for you) time. You will feel organised knowing you are making time for everything you need to. From there, look at your schedule weekly and adjust your schedule as needed. It’s important to pick a time each week to look at your schedule. I find it helpful to do it the same day each week so that it becomes part of your routine.
Set up Systems
Setting up systems is important in your business and life. Automate as many tasks as you can. For instance, do your budget the same day each week. Choose which days you will do laundry, grocery shop, etc. By setting up systems you will feel organised and it will also give you more time to fit in other things, i.e.Instead of washing clothes every night, you can do other things guilt free. In your business, this will help you know everything has a day/time to be dealt with. You will also be a lot more efficient with the time you do have.
No matter what. Whenever you’re working, ask yourself if what you’re doing will generate you revenue. If not, then delegate it to someone else or schedule in some time to tackle it after you’ve worked on revenue generating projects. Work on your top 3-6 until they’re fully implemented. In your personal life, do the same. Do what has to be done only. You will always have a list. If you’re one of those people (like me), who tries to get everything done all the time, ask yourself at what price? Are you spending less time with your kids because you’re trying to get other things done?
In line with the last tip, try to be present when you’re working and when you’re with your family. This is easier after setting a schedule and setting up systems. You will have peace of mind knowing there is a plan to tackle it all. This will make it easier to show up fully for work and family time.
Last but not least. Stay flexible. Life will throw you curveballs. The more you can roll with it and adjust your plan as you go the easier and less stressful of a time you will have.