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Three Ways to Improve Your Work-Life Balance

Tuesday, October 28, 2014   By Mike Reddy

 



Many people are facing the challenge of balancing the insatiable demands of their business with the rest of their life. New competitors, discounting and increased costs find lots of business people working extra hours and constantly on call hoping to avoid losing that next opportunity.

The problem is all of life suffers when work and life can’t seem to find the balance needed to successfully navigate through life!

As a business coach I see it all the time so thought I’d write about three simple ways to improve your work-life balance today.

1.   Set Boundaries -  Begin by setting boundaries at work. When at work – focus on work. Limit time spent on the web with aimless "research", social media, messaging, checking on personal items like bank accounts, and listening to visiting sales people gossiping about your competitors – You do realise they are saying similar things to them about you?

You’ll be surprised at how much time you save when you limit your distractions when working in your business. Distractions, no matter how small, make focus difficult.

Time saved, on the other hand, allows you to get the job done more quickly and efficiently, enabling you to focus on the rest of life.

2.   Know Expectations -  Knowing the expectations for your job and your personal life is important in maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Do you really need to be on call 24/7 and work over every day?

Or is this an expectation you have created to the detriment of your personal life?  Are you taking on more that you can actually manage? Is there a reason you can’t delegate?

A business coach might be able to sort the wheat from the chaff. Regain your focus and understand what you really need to do in order to get ahead.

3.   Make Time -  Now that you have some boundaries in place and have a new understanding of your business expectations – you need to truly make the time for your personal life.

Schedule time for yourself, your spouse, your children and your friends and keep that schedule. Be present when you are spending time with them; no thinking about the next thing you need to do for work.

And take it from this business coach, focusing on the relationships with those you care about (including yourself) will bring work and life back into balance – making a better, more improved you!


Mike Reddy is a Chartered Accountant, business coach and advisor helping businesses in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Gold Coast to easily increase their profits and cash flow. He is currently President of the North Sydney Chamber of Commerce, a Regional Councillor for Sydney North East and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Sydney leadership team. As well as advising businesses, Mike presents business development seminars and webinars and is regularly contacted by the media to comment on small business matters. You can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.