Finding The Right Balance

Is your work-life balance off? Chances are you’re not alone. Technology makes work available around the clock, so achieving harmony can often seem like an impossible feat. 

For many hard working professionals it can often be a struggle to find the right healthy work-life balance. Too much time at the office or in front of the screen can damage relationships, not to mention your own health.

Skipping lunch and working back late has been on the rise in recent years, and one study found that Australians are donating a staggering $110 billion in free labour each year.

Let us share some tips on how to be better organised, delegate tasks and ultimately enjoy more time with your family. Because even ‘super you’ needs help and support.

 

Start Small

Build downtime into your schedule. Plan your week in advance, and be sure to include that date night or coffee with friends. Even free time needs to be scheduled in before it get eroded away by meetings and last minute tasks. All of this helps you be more proactive and better organised.

 

Delegate

Delegating helps enormously, but what and how do we delegate? For one week straight write do everything (and we mean everything) that you do, then assess where changes can be made.

You will be amazed at what can be delegated to a Virtual Assistant and how this can benefit you and your business. There is no shame in asking for assistance. Push aside the pride and show respect for the talent that others can offer.

Delegation is a win-win when done properly, however that doesn’t mean that you can delegate just anything. To determine when delegation is most appropriate there are some key questions you need to ask yourself.

  • Is there someone else who has (or can be given) the necessary information to complete the task?
  • Is this a task (in one form or another) likely to recur in the future?
  • Do you have enough time to delegate the task effectively?

If you answered, 'yes' to one or more of the above then this should be something that you consider.

 

Unplug

Technology has created an expectation of constant accessibility and we can often be left feeling like the workday never seems to end.

Phone notifications often disrupt down time, so when you’re spending time with your family, don’t just quickly respond to that work email or send that text that can wait.

Make sure quality time actually is quality time. If your phone is next to you, on your desk, at the dinner table or on your bedside table, then the fact is you’re going to check it – we are a curious bunch!

Try placing your phone in another room or in a drawer. Out of sight, out of mind. By not reacting to every piece of technology you’ll develop a stronger habit of resilience.

And our one final tip before we unplug is, go home on time today. :)

 

How do you find balance in your business and life? Share your tips with our readers below.