The Entrepreneurs Guide To A Simple Work Life Balance
How many times have you thought ‘I will just complete this one task’ and when you next look at the clock, it is time for bed and you have worked all through the evening? I know I have! Work life balance can be hard but it does not have to be.
In this article I am going to share with you advice that can help you create a better work life balance.
Should You Keep Work and Personal Life Separate?
Keeping your work and personal life separate will help you focus better on each area of your life. When you work from home, it can be so easy for the lines to blur between work and personal life. One moment you are working on a business task and the next you are browsing social media to see the latest posts.
Having business and personal boundaries will stop your business from ruling your life and having your personal interests get neglected. When both your business and personal life exist in the same space, it is even more important to create boundaries.
Benefits Of Separating Business From Personal
- Increased focus
- Easier to switch off from work in the evenings and weekends
- Minimises distractions when you are working on your tasks
- Gives you proper breaks to rest and recharge
How Do You Keep Your Business and Personal Life Separate?
There are numerous ways to split your business and personal life. Below are several methods that you can use today.
When you run a business from home, it can be beneficial to time block your tasks. This will allow you to have certain slots in your day for business tasks as well as your personal interests and hobbies. Dedicating a time block to your hobbies will ensure that they get cultivated. You do have to be disciplined to stick to the time blocks as when the time is up, it is time to move onto the next block. An amazing tip is to set alarms on your phone or use an online or kitchen timer that will prompt you to move onto the next block. As you keep using this process, you will be able to create more accurate time blocks as you will become used to how long each block takes.
Separating your business and personal email accounts is obviously important for your business but it also benefits your personal life. There are also other steps you can take. These include only having your personal email account on your phone’s email app. And when you are working, close all email tabs or log out of both your email accounts so you cannot become distracted by checking your emails.
Have a Business and Personal Phone
This may not work for everybody but if you have a lot of phone calls, it might be worth investing in a phone for your business. That way when your workday is over, you can just turn it off and not have to worry about calls coming through during your personal time. If you want to take it a step further, you could have a work and personal computer or laptop.
Avoid Checking Personal During Work and Work During Personal
This step is easier if you follow the steps above; logging out of your email account and using separate phones. Try not to check your personal email, social media or online shopping when you are working on your business. These tasks can all be done after you have stopped working on your business for the day. It is best to check personal stuff in your breaks and not during the time you are supposed to be working on a task or project. Another benefit is an increase in productivity as you can focus on your work instead of being distracted.
Separating Your Thoughts
When you have finished work for the day, try to think about your family, friends, hobbies and interests instead of what you have done at work and what you will be doing tomorrow. And during work hours, try to keep pulling your thoughts back to the project you are working on. Our thoughts have a tendency to drift so it is important to keep an eye on them and actively pull your thoughts back to what you are doing. The more you practice this, the easier it should be.
Starting Up and Shutting Off Ritual
Like a computer has to be started up to work and shut down when it is finished working for the day, you need a startup and shut down ritual. Having one will help you to physically and mentally switch off from work.
- Go for a walk before you start or after you have finished work for the day
- Review the day and plan tomorrow at the end of your work day
- Listen to a certain playlist or style of music when you work
- Work in a different room to your living area and only use that room for working
How Do You Balance Work and Personal Life?
When you run a business, your work life and personal life become intertwined however, there are methods you can use to create more balance.
Focus on the tasks that will make the most difference in your life. This will allow you to finish your work time knowing you have accomplished a great deal towards your goals. You can prioritise your tasks using a variety of methods, including the Eisenhower matrix and, my favourite, your Most Important Task. For example, if one of your goals is to automate your sales, your most important task for the day could be to outline your sales funnel.
Plan Time For Your Personal Life
Plan time to talk to your family and friends and to develop your hobbies and interests. It is important to ensure you also make time for self-care activities for your physical and mental health. If you feel like you do not have enough time to pursue all your interests at the moment, simplify it by focusing on just one interest. You can probably find small time slots to develop your interest, for example, while the kettle is boiling, while a meal is cooking, during your breaks.
Set Both Business and Personal Goals
When you set goals, make sure to set both business and personal goals. This will help to create balance because you will have something to strive towards in both areas of your life.
Set Work Hour Boundaries For Work Life Balance
When you work from home it is important to set specific hours or time block your work hours. As a reminder, set an alarm on your phone for when you want your workday to end.
The Benefits Of Setting Work Hours
- Gives you time to recharge
- Increased productivity as you can only work between those hours
- Predictability for your clients and customers when you share your response times
What Work Hours Are Best For You?
To help you decide what hours are best for you, ask yourself the following questions.
- When do you complete the most work during the day?
- Do you have a specific time when you feel that you get in the zone?
- When do you have the most energy?
Take holidays where you can just relax and enjoy yourself. Try to plan and organise these in advance so you can keep on top of your business while you are on holiday. Create and schedule all your blog posts, newsletters and pins that you will need during the time you are away and for the week after to give you time to get back into the groove of creating content. And check that your autoresponder, funnel and checkout are working so you can switch off. If you feel the need to check in on your business while you are on holiday, set aside a specific time slot (for example, 15 minutes after you have had breakfast) to have a quick look at your business.
Balancing your work and personal life is easier than it seems with a few simple strategies. The first step is to separate your business from your personal life physically and mentally. This is done through time blocking your work hours, keeping your email accounts and phones separate, not looking at work during personal time and vice versa as well as having a startup and shut down ritual. Next it is important to create more balance between both areas by prioritising your tasks, planning time off from work, having business and personal goals and setting boundaries.
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