Work-life balance. It’s the holy grail, isn’t it? A balance between our professional lives and personal lives is probably the one thing we all strive for, and most want, but find most difficult to achieve. And the pandemic isn’t making it any easier.
With so many business owners closing their doors and employees losing jobs, those whose businesses are trading – and people with jobs – feel pressured to work harder than ever to ensure it doesn’t happen to them. In addition, customers are feeling the pinch and are demanding more bang for their buck. And, of course, virtual meetings and remote offices have blurred the home / business boundaries.
Throughout the pandemic we’ve had ample lessons and realisations about how short and fragile life is and what is really important to us. Yet, the more I speak to people, the more I realise that our professional success is superseding our own well-being.
Striking a work-life balance is essential to our physical, emotional and mental well-being. And, if you are looking for a justifiable reason to strike a better balance, it’s also better for your business and career. Balance means less stress and a lower risk of burnout. That translates into lower absenteeism and more productive time spent at work.
So how do we strike that balance?
Don’t aim for perfection
There is no such thing as a perfect schedule. Be realistic. Balance needs to be viewed over time, in the long term, rather than making sure each and every day is perfectly balanced.
Linked to the first point, some days you’ll need to work longer hours, and other days, you’ll need to take time off for personal plans. Consider your options to make it work for you.
Do what you love
Play to your strengths and stop trying to be all things to all people. So often, the time-consuming and stressful tasks at work are the ones we hate because they don’t come naturally to us. Focus on what you are good at.
Prioritise your health
If the past 2 years have taught us anything, it’s the gift of health. There really is no point in putting your professional life ahead of your health, because without your health, your business or career will come to a grinding halt.
Unplug and detach
It’s so important to take a proper break every now and then. Just a few minutes every day. A couple of hours a week. Perhaps a day a month. And a couple of weeks a year. Make sure you get away from work on a regular basis to engage in other interests.
Set personal and professional goals
Most businesses understand the need for targets, goals and objectives. Your personal goals need to sit alongside – but separate to – your professional goals. In fact, at bizHQ, we believe your professional goals should pave the way for you to achieve your personal dreams.
Set boundaries and limits
In today’s fast paced, flexible work environments, work hours seem archaic. But you need to limit how many hours you spend on work a day. You wouldn’t dare take a personal call while you are dealing with a customer. But then why do we take business calls when we have personal family time?
Striking a work-life balance takes a conscious, deliberate effort to create good habits. There should be no guilt involved in cutting back on business time, because at the end of the day, the business will benefit.
We’ve helped hundreds of business owners in our business and executive coaching programmes get to a point where their professional lives and personal lives are in equilibrium. Why not give me a call?