Over the last decade, one thing I’ve discovered is that there is no such thing as work-life balance even more so if you’re an entrepreneur.
That is not to say that you cannot be competitive when maintaining personal and family time. It is vital to carve out time for personal priorities outside of work. However, my working life is inextricably linked to my personal life-there is no separation.
I’m now starting two startups, working as the chief marketing officer of a technology firm, and halfway through a three-year executive education degree at Harvard. My existence is a tornado. And I fulfilled both of these obligations because I believed I was prepared. Not only on a technical level but also a personal level. That is, I’ve been working out how to incorporate personal time into professional time and vice versa, so the two can never be completely apart.
I agree that you will do great things professionally while still enjoying a fulfilling personal existence.
The following are the eight tactics I use to preserve the equilibrium:
1: Dedicate resources to technology-free activities.
When I have spare time (which I schedule two to three hours a day), I make an effort to stop using my mobile or laptop. This is one of the most effective strategies I use to create distinctions between my job and personal life to avoid being frustrated.
I advise everybody to schedule some time away from electronics per day. It enables you to reflect and refocus on yourself (whatever that means to you).
Visit a gym, enjoy a stroll with your puppy, or spend time with friends and relatives. These activities will help clear your mind and re-engage and recharge you.
2: Achieve ‘inbox oblivion.’
On my tablet, I disabled email alerts because they are too annoying. When I do check email-about once an hour-I react directly to each post.
If it involves responding to an email immediately, removing it, filing it, or arranging it to bounce back into my inbox if it requires more time to reply to, pushing myself to fix emails immediately lets me prevent procrastination (and forgetting to respond). This is particularly critical now that I’m managing five email inboxes: three for work, personal use, and one for education. Keeping my inboxes to a minimum or near nil assists me in remaining coordinated (and somewhat sane).
If you have a ton going on, keep in mind that free time does not only “appear” and is a privilege. You must plan everything-including time for backlogged activities such as responding to emails.
3: Create a schedule for your whole existence.
Additionally, there is personal information. Otherwise, it can be lost in the shuffle.
The busier I’ve been, the more I’ve learned how important it is to schedule time for anything. I’ll also think forward a week and estimate the number of hours I’ll need to finish job assignments. When anyone requests a portion of my time, I direct them to consult my calendar. When a slot becomes accessible, we can talk.
Allocating time between work and personal activities on a schedule that allows you to see everything at a glance can assist you in maintaining a sense of order in your life.
4: Choose the appropriate mode of contact for the job at hand.
When the time is short, it is critical to communicate efficiently and efficiently.
The first step is to determine which mode of communication is most appropriate for each mission. For instance, if you’re considering arranging a meeting to address a problem, ask yourself if the meeting is really important or if an email exchange will suffice.
Is an email still required if you just need to contact one person? Typing and reading a lengthy email will quickly become tedious. In that case, you may want to make a short phone call.
However, keep in mind the sound and interpretation. I’ve struggled with sending one-sentence emails since they seemed to be the shortest and simplest way to express a straightforward point. However, this could give the receiver the impression that I was frustrated or irritated, resulting in needless tension. In these instances, a quick text message or Slack message will suffice.
Finding the optimal combination between productivity and thoughtfulness would not only help you save time it will also help you make the best impact.
5 Schedule workout time around your daily schedule.
Apart from the obvious wellness advantages, time spent at the gym makes me clear my mind and do well mentally.
My average workday begins at 5 a.m. and ends sometime after 6 p.m., but on most days, I sneak in a two-hour lunch break to eat and exercise. Using the gym as a midday reprieve from the grind has developed into a life-changing habit for me. I notice that scheduling exercise in the middle of the day recharges me and makes me more active throughout the second half of the day.
Perhaps you are a morning workout person-that is appropriate as well. However, if you begin to feel drained in the early afternoon, a workout can provide the boost you’re looking for.
6: Maximize the active hours.
Identify ways to maximize your productivity and take advantage of them.
I accomplish most of my job in the early hours of the morning. In the solitude of a vacant office, I can concentrate and power through assignments without interruption. Utilizing my optimal job hours to the fullest extent possible is a critical component of becoming my most creative self.
Therefore, determine the most efficient times of day, whether they be early in the morning, late at night, somewhere in between, and develop a schedule that lets you optimize certain valuable time slots.
7: Avoid looking at your screen immediately upon waking or just before bed.
In more than one instance, I’ve wasted a day by reaching for my phone first thing in the morning. In brief, you don’t want the first thing you see when you wake up to be an email concerning a job crisis. It will set a gloomy mood for the remainder of the day. Similarly, I stop using my phone for about two hours before bedtime to unwind and disconnect completely from work. This enables me to have a restful night’s sleep, which is essential for retaining this level of strength.
If you’re like most people, you spend the majority of your days looking at a phone frame. Allow yourself a break-it can prove to be a game-changer.
8: Avoid being shackled to your seat during the workday.
Every day, if possible, creates a barrier between you and your desk.
For instance, I rarely eat lunch at my desk. I go outdoors for a stroll, work out, meet someone, or vanish into Whole Foods. It is irrelevant what you do as long as you detach yourself from the room in which you spend most of the day.
For most of us, jobs can never be limited to Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned about myself is that my personal and professional lives are inextricably linked. I need much time for each to be fully competitive. Rather than attempting the unlikely, I’ve built techniques that incorporate them. You, too, will do so if you are both adaptable and deliberate about how you invest your time.
As a licensed life coach in Edmonton by all means stop by and book an online session.