Why It’s Important to Develop a Good Work-Life Balance

Work- life balance, you’ve probably heard us going on about this- but for good reason, it’s SOOOO important!

We’re heading towards the end of January and you may already be feeling the burnout from trying to change this, fix that, make it all better- and it takes its toll! Especially if any of those changes have to do with work.

A work life balance is all about how we handle our time spent in and out of work.  There’s no denying it, we all face difficulties when trying to achieve a healthy balance- even us! (we are humans too!!)

It’s so easy to fall into the trap of believing that we can or should be productive all the time, especially in January with all of our resolutions and if you are self-employed but that’s simply not true, you can’t pour from an empty cup.

When we’re overworking, we run the risk of impacting on more than just our social lives, it can also have a major impact on our mental and physical health.

Health is always important, but when you are the boss, it’s more important than ever to ensure that your health, be that physical or mental, is a priority. The Mental Health Foundation suggests that the pressure of an increasingly demanding work culture is one of the biggest challenges to society’s mental health. Despite technology and innovation pushed and promoted to make our lives easier and less stressful, in fact the opposite is very often the reality.

So, what can we do to try and get our lives more in balance? The internet is full of ways and suggestions, and we’ve pulled together a few that we feel are the easiest to incorporate into our own lives.

What Can You Do to Improve Your Work-Life Balance?

  • Know when to take a break

This is an important step. Whether you are working-from-home or in the office, it is vital that you take breaks when you need them. Even a five-minute break can help you de-stress and refocus on your work at hand.

  • Spend time with friends and family

If you work most of the week and work overtime, it can often feel like your job is your whole life, but it isn’t. When feeling like this, it is important that you make time for your loved ones, as they can help put things into perspective.

  • Make your boundaries clear and obvious

When you leave work, that is your time. You need to be clear with your employer that you don’t want to be contacted outside of work hours. If this isn’t a possibility, there are steps that you can take yourself, such as using different devices for work or even just making use of your phone’s do-not-disturb function!

If you think you could do with some guidance or support when it comes to putting any of the above points into action or finding that sweet spot of success both personally and professionally then why not reach out to one of our coaches or mentors who are experts at helping individuals just like you navigate the twists turns bumps and mountains that make up the life of an entrepreneur. We’re here to help, go ahead and drop us a line, what have you got to lose (well hopefully some stress!).