How often do you respond to a work email or answer a work call ‘after hours’? Is there even such a thing as ‘after hours’ anymore? Technology allows us to be constantly connected which can mean less quality time with our kids, friends and those we love.
Is it possible to find a work-life balance if our phone is always beeping and buzzing? In the interview above, entrepreneur and author of Live What You Love, Naomi Simson talks about the importance of being a mother who is ‘present’ with her children.
Earlier this year, Katie Kempner offered five tips in her Huffington Post article Don’t Take It Personally and Other Top Work/Life Balance Tips for Small Biz Owners:
1. Set boundaries – both for your clients and yourself. If you work for a company – set boundaries for your colleagues. Although you do need to be completely accountable, you don’t need to be on call at all times.
2. Allow yourself time off – when you have an incredibly busy job, or when you work for yourself and especially when you travel frequently, you can get caught up in always being “on”. Always checking your emails and always feeling the need to get back to people right away. Being accessible is one thing but never decompressing is not good for anyone.
3. Prioritize – know what is urgent and needs to be handled right away and what can wait. And then make sure to handle things in a timely fashion.
4. Be organized and create a schedule – make lists, take notes, figure out the structure of your day and how best to organize it.
5. Don’t take things personally – this is perhaps often the hardest and yet most essential for many people especially, I think, women.
The irony of having your own business, especially starting out – is the feeling of freedom of not having to report to a boss, yet coupled with the feeling you must always be working. For many people with high-pressure jobs, they are missing the freedom and yet still feel the pressure.
So here is my advice, both to you (if you need it) and to myself. Take a deep breath, let it out and take one thing (the most time sensitive first) at a time. Because ultimately that is always the best way to succeed.