Posted: 20th March 2017
What if I told you that if you by recognising one phrase, you could get a handle on your work-life balance? Would you believe me?
That it isn’t achieved by the rich and famous of the world. And no, this isn’t one of those patronising articles that state “you have the same 24-hours as Beyonce”.
It is very simply this:
FEAR OF MISSING OUT
This article is for you; the parent who is juggling your business and family.
If you want to change, I am giving you permission to start this process NOW.
Five questions to ask yourself right now, to stop working your weekends
What do you think will happen if you aren’t available, or you take time for yourself? Do you think you will miss clients or new business? That you will not hit deadlines or your reputation will be impacted?
What can you do to overcome this worry?
Make sure that these are public, through your website, Facebook page and your email. An automatic responder is great for setting boundaries.
Make it clear that you won’t be available outside of these times and even include this on an automated email response.
Don’t say “Yes” immediately. Schedule your work to suit all your deadlines. Ultimately, if someone isn’t prepared to wait for you to be available, then they were never “your client” in the first place.
You are in charge: You can make changes to the people and circumstances you want to. Some clients will get your direct mobile number and you may want to log in on your emails at a weekend. That is your choice!
What is the first thing you will change today? Note it down, make it happen, and diarise some “you” time!
As an added bonus: