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PLACING YOUR WORK-LIFE ON A 50-50 BALANCE

Debby swerved off the road leading to her toddler’s school only to remember she had left her phone at the office, she had to reverse and head back to the office.  She ‘d been expecting a client’s call prior to her dashing her out. She still had to make a stop at a nearby grocery shop because her refrigerator was running out of stock.

By evening, she succeeded in getting the tasks done and she lay on her sofa snoring next to her laptop. This has been a reoccurring part of her life and she could sense that she was slowly burning out. Many women find themselves in this situation.

Maintaining a work-life balance is easy when you’re a sole entrepreneur, right? You typically work from home and you have no one else to answer to, so it should be easy to switch off. Nah! Entrepreneurs and Career women irrespective of if they are married or single are all caught up in this web.

Play to your strengths

Don’t try and be all things to all people. Focus on your strengths and outsource the others. If you’re not a whiz at accounts or graphic design, outsource them instead of wasting time.

Prioritise your time

You may have a to-do list with 50 tasks on it, so you need to prioritize those tasks into four categories.

They are:

  • Urgent and important
  • Important but not urgent
  • Urgent but not important
  • Neither urgent nor important.

Know your peak and trough periods

Are you a morning person?

If you are, assign tough, high-concentration tasks to the mornings. Don’t leave the tough tasks until its night time and vice versa.

Plot some personal time

When personal issues arise, it can be tempting to bury yourself in your work. Don’t do it If you don’t make time for your personal life – your “me” time, including your family and your health – you won’t have a business to go back to.

Tap into technology

Instead of driving to a meeting, use Skype or conferencing technologies like GoToMeeting.




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