I think the topic is applicable to everyone who works. Whether you work for someone or for yourself. You do your best work when you are energized and excited. You can only be energized and excited if you have balance in your life. You’ll be surprised at how much you can do if your life is balanced between work, play, and family.
As an employee, finding balance can be as simple as not taking work home on the weekend, or taking your vacation without your work devices. When you work for yourself, it gets a bit more complicated. You need to find the opportunities between client needs, managing the business, and having a social life.
I’ve found myself thinking lately about all the things I have to do. The problem is I work better at things I get to do. My blinking alarm was telling me that it was time to take a break. But I still had all these things I had to do. And the more I focused on them, the bigger the list seemed to be.
Tips to find balance
When I get in this cycle I find it works to look at when I think I can take a break – next week, after a milestone/deadline has passed, whatever works.
- Look ahead in your calendar rather than just at the crowded day or week in front of you.
Then I plan what I’ll do with my time off and as the day approaches I let people know I am taking a day off
- get others on board that you are not going to be available
I find the planning helps me feel like I’m taking a bit of time off because I’m thinking of what I want to do. Not only what I have to do.
- focus more on your wants than your obligations
If you have tips and secrets for finding balance in your life, share them in the comments and spread the wisdom.