Work/Life Balance - Simple?
Have your heard, working for yourself is booming right now. It’s a trend that is growing exponentially with more and more people option to leave the 9 – 5 (more like 8 – 6/7) corporate life behind to start their own business, or to become consultants, freelancers or independent contractors.
The biggest misconception about working for yourself is that you can do whatever the heck you want, whenever the heck you want and you only answer to yourself. You get to set your own hours, you get to go on holidays whenever you like and you never have to worry about your boss breathing down your neck. But actually – It’s a big fat lie!
The reality is that working on your own can be even more demanding than a regular job. There’s less security and stability, you’re dealing with clients instead of bosses, you’re likely working way more hours and the boundaries between work and life are totally blurred. My 5 simple ways to make work and life balance work:
Set you Hours – Easier said than done, especially when you are all constantly on line and connected. Every little ping I get I am checking my phone.
Define your Workspace – when you work starts creeping into all areas of your home, you have a real problem. I have to-do-lists for home, work, back to school etc. So when the kids get back to school, I am so getting my mojo back.
Create a flexible schedule – The biggest appear of working for yourself is flexibility. Setting a schedule can help you know when its ok to on and when to be off. If you do your best work in the morning, then wake up early and hit that to-do-list. That is how I am getting through school holidays.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew – This is a hard one because it’s pretty subjective. When you’re an independent contractor you feel compelled to take on as much as possible. More clients mean more money. Remember though, don’t let the quality of your work suffer in the process.
Delegate – HaHa ha. I was never really good at this because I am a control freak. Small business owners will often find themselves doing things that, while necessary, are a waste of their time. It is true that those emails wont send themselves, or the social media is going to magically appear but if you delegate to someone like The Virtual Assistant aka me, then you can do what you are meant to be doing and growing the business and making money. You won’t have any emails to send if you don’t have any clients.
Work/life balance is a real juggling act when you are working for yourself, but with a little planning and organisation, you don’t have to let work take over your life – especially if you have a great VA on you team - Call The Virtual Assistant X