Whether you work for yourself at home or have an office job, it isn’t always easy to achieve a good work-life balance. There’s the constant pull on your attention and time, as colleagues and clients all demand both. If you work from home, there’s the struggle to maintain balance and focus between your work and home tasks.
However, if you want to achieve a good work-life balance, it is something you can accomplish if you put your mind to it. Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to do, to make that happen.
#1: Know what’s right for you
It starts by knowing what’s right for you, in terms of work-life balance. For instance, you may prefer to work at home and start work before the family is awake. You may want to split your working hours into day and evening, so you can spend the daytime going to the gym or visiting local attractions. The point to remember here is there is no right or wrong answer – it’s merely a case of finding what’s right for you.
#2: Have set working hours to make it easier to achieve a good work-life balance
It’s a lot easier to maintain and achieve a good work-life balance if you work set hours each day. You can still maintain an element of flexibility when managing your time; in fact, it’s a good idea if you do. However, if you work from home, it can be easy to let your work or home life spill into the time allocated for the other. However, you need to learn to switch off once work is over – for your stress levels and to ensure you’re 100% focused on the task at hand.
#3: Prioritise your time
Having set hours is one part of the equation; the other is to manage your time during your working day. That’s why you need to learn how to prioritise your time effectively. That includes breaking your day down into working chunks of time, as well as scheduling in time for the most urgent and essential tasks. But also, free up your time, by automating and using technology to help. Here’s a list of Tools I recommend for business clients, to help.
#4: Focus on the things that get the most significant results
As part of your time management strategy, look to focus on the tasks that get you the most significant results. If you’ve heard of the 80/20 rule, that’s what this tip is all about. A lot of the tasks you complete, don’t add to your bottom line only 20% of them will. But that 20% of tasks will also bring in 80% of your results – so know what those tasks are and focus on completing them.
#5: One of the easiest ways to maintain a good work-life balance is to play to your strengths
These are the tasks only you can do, the ones that play to your strengths and expertise. They’re often the very things you went into business to provide and excel at. If a task doesn’t fit into that category, look to outsource it.
Whether you work for yourself at home or have an office job, it isn’t always easy to achieve a good work-life balance. However, if you follow the tips above, you’ll be on the right track to make it happen for you.
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