Work-Life Balance: The Truth about Having it All
Work-life balance has long since become a catch phrase of the naughties and tens, with most people either striving to achieve the elusive feeling, and the rest being highly aware of it being something they should have.
What does work-life balance mean?
Work-life balance is:
‘the division of one’s time and focus between working and family or leisure activities.’
Quite simple written down, isn’t it? So why does it feel so hard for many of us to achieve?
Achieving Work-Life Balance
Running a successful business and being married with two small children it can feel like a constant balancing act. Situations are always changing, therefore it requires planning, great organisation skills and small, but simple, effective ways to keep you on top of your personal and professional life so you can (have!) and enjoy the downtime. Here are a few simple strategies to help small business owners be their own coach.
The caveat to all of this is to have a partner who contributes equally to the running of the household and its functions and all that is involved in childcare. If it currently isn’t, write down a few small changes that would make a huge difference.
“Just say No!”
….to coin a well-hackneyed phrase of my youth!
So many different things are vying for our attention; social media posts, events, potential opportunities, the list goes on…
The next time you get invited to do something or get involved, ask yourself this question – will it make me feel good and / or will it make me financially better off? Sound blunt? Good. Asking yourself these two simple questions will help you to easily make the decision that is right for you and your family. Ultimately, the only person in control of you is YOU. Set your boundaries.
Ask for help…
Seemingly, so hard for people to do, especially business owners – who are used to being self-sufficient and able to achieve masses with their day. No dilly dallying at the water cooler for us! However, there are people who run businesses, just like you, who are better equipped to deal with the tasks you don’t want to or the jobs that take you an age to complete. It will cost you less, time wise, financially and emotionally, both in the short and long term.
Create a Mini Habit
What’s that one thing you have been wanting to do / change for ages? That, in reflection, will help you create more work-life balance? Maybe it’s exercising, more mindful meditation, reading, writing?
Stephen Guise, of Smaller Habits, Bigger Results, suggests:
‘a mini habit is a very small positive behaviour that you force yourself to do every day; a mini habit’s “too small to fail” nature makes it weightless, deceptively powerful, and a superior habit-building strategy.’
So, using this simple strategy what’s your mini habit? Guise started with one push up a day, which over time turned into exercising 3x per week.
If you would like to gain better work-life balance, more clarity and focus for you and your business, book in for your free one hour business strategy session here.
Clare Whalley will be celebrating 10 years in business this year. She graduated with an International degree in English and Education and went into corporate life to pursue a career outside of teaching. Successfully passing a rigorous graduate scheme into a blue chip company; working in several positions across team management, customer service and sales roles. A working trip to India helped her decide to resign, retrain and set up her own coaching and training business.
Clare now lives in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham with her two young children, Isabelle and James and her husband Rob.
Clare works with fellow business owners to help them create a business they love too. She uses strategies and tools which will help business owners get to the clients they love to work with, with more consistency and ease.