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It is crucial to find a decent work-life balance wherever you work, but some might say that being self-employed can pose extra challenges.
When you work for yourself, it is extremely easy for personal time and professional time to blend into each other, especially if you have just started running your own business or have recently become self-employed.
For those working from home, it can also be a challenge to ‘switch off’ your work brain and enjoy the very same sofa you might have just been sat on creating spreadsheets or organizing products.
But, are there any easy ways to do this? What are the tips and tricks? Read this piece to find out more!
Set Yourself Strict Work Hours
One of the first tips for creating a work-life balance is to set yourself work hours and stick to them.
The beauty of being self-employed is that there is a certain degree of flexibility when you can select your hours, but you still have to work around your clients and customers.
Make sure you keep that in mind when choosing your hours, and be sure to have adequate time in your day to relax, unwind, and have a personal life too!
Get Others Involved
If you are fortunate enough to be in a position where things have taken off significantly faster than you expected, that is great! However, this can really sap into your time.
Your work life can become a far cry from the hours that you have rigidly set for yourself, and you might find yourself using matchsticks to try and keep your eyes open, even after your third energy drink. This isn’t good for anyone!
When businesses move at a fast rate, you might also find your inventory needing to be stocked up faster than the money coming in, so if you are considering getting some help and also need to replenish your stores more quickly, consider taking out a loan to help you get to where you want to be much quicker!
Work Phone, Work Email
Having a separate work phone and email is crucial to our productivity and for us to keep our boundaries.
Not only is it extremely easy to keep scrolling through our phone or doing other unhelpful things when everything is all in one place, but it also means we might be more likely to get disturbed by work calls or emails on our days off. So, creating that boundary can be important in facilitating that balance.
Manage Your Time Effectively
Being self-employed or running a business is much different from being on the clock at work. From the moment you wake up, money is time, and this can feel incredibly daunting if you have a significant amount of work to get through or other things to organize.
Managing your time effectively means that you will be making the most of the designated hours set. This will help prevent work from bleeding into the after hours.
Be realistic about what you can do in your allotted time to avoid disappointment or burn out.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.