Discussions of work life balance have shifted to work life integration, but whatever you call it, many people are searching for a way to juggle their personal life and professional roles. As a soul-aligned entrepreneur you likely work from home which can make it even more difficult to have a work life balance. According to a study by the American Psychological Association these suggestions will help you meet your daily challenges.
1. Make your own decisions. Everyone’s definition of success looks different. Focus on what makes you happy and productive. Consider whether you and others may be projecting your own assumptions when you comment on someone else’s lifestyle.
2. Consider your boundaries. When working from home it’s often difficult to “leave work.” Many entrepreneurs feel stressed if they’re out of touch for any long interval. If possible, schedule time away from the computer and down time during the day if you know you’ll be working in the evening otherwise you’ll get burnt out. I turn my office lights out after working hours and “close” my office.
3. Think long term. There are always trade-offs. Assess whether frequent overtime or spending more hours with your family will make you happier when you look back on what you did with your life.
4. Update your plans. Your answers may change as you go through life. Check in frequently to stay on track. You may be eager to gain new experiences when you first graduate from school. As you approach retirement, you may want to volunteer more in your community.
5. Give yourself credit. It’s common to feel guilty about working too little or too much. Focus on doing the best you can and celebrate those small wins.
6. Remain flexible. Financial constraints and other factors may influence your decisions. Work with whatever circumstances you face while you try to improve them. You are where you are supposed to be, always!
1. Be realistic. Establish your top priorities and stick to them. If you’re struggling with your to do list each day, you probably need to cut back on the less important tasks or make the tasks much smaller so more are accomplished in a day.
2. Get organized. You can accomplish more when you have solid systems in place. Look for ways to run your errands more efficiently and keep your surroundings free of clutter.
3. Limit distractions. Maybe you lose track of time on social media or talking on the phone. Reclaim those wasted hours by setting time limits or rules such as to only answer email twice a day or take the Facebook app off your phone.
4. Schedule downtime. Your mind and body need adequate rest. Take a warm bath, read, practice gentle yoga, or meditate daily. Your body and brain can only repair during rest. Downtime allows the much needed answers to flow to you in calm times.
1. Recognize individual differences. Some people are content viewing their job as just a paycheck, and others blend their paid work with the rest of their life by following their passion or calling. Any combination is ok if you find fulfillment.
2. Ask for support. Help from family and friends or paid services can help you to focus on your strongest areas. Ask your children to take on more chores or consider hiring a house cleaner. Use the extra free time to pursue a new client or start a vegetable garden.
3. Take care of yourself. Keeping yourself fit enables you to contribute to your work life balance. Eat a nutritious diet, exercise regularly, manage stress, and stick to a regular sleep schedule. It’s a big job to coordinate all the facets of your life.
Think about your definition of success and what it means for how you align your personal and professional responsibilities.