Worklife balance - how do you get the right balance?

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I work from home.

I live at home.

I can duck into my study at any time to do a few minutes of work and end up staying there for a few hours without meaning to and get caught up in work.

I don't have great balance.

I am really interested in how people are getting the right balance in their work and life. I am fine with the hours needed to grow my business, that I am fine with - but the balance it really important as I dont want it to affect my relationship and family life.

Weve all read the info - get more sleep, eat healthy meals, exercise, take breaks - yada yada - but the balancing act challenge is real and I for one want to master this quickly so I dont have to burn the candle at both ends while I set this business up properly.

Richard Branson talks about using a ton of scheduling calendars and tools via his smartphone to get reminders and to ensure he is where he should be at all times.

Warren Buffet uses his base of Nebraska to balance his lifestyle and ensure he doesnt get caught up in the rush and expense of being located in big city New York.

Kelly Spors, Content Strategist and reporter for The Wall Street Journal and Entrepreneur writer suggests a range of things to get the right balance including:

Outsourcing - this idea I am in to - sending out admin work, maintenance and research I want to outsource in the very near future this would be a huge game changer for me and I total get this option for work life balance

Creating physical to do lists - I do this in a smaller way through my CRM but this can be done on a whiteboard in a physical format in your office or study, to ensure you can manually add and remove items.

Hire people to help - this doesnt mean a massive jump in staff costs.. at last count VAs can be as little as $5 per hour, so viable option getting some balance in your life

Put your personal life first - take time out for date night, ensure you go to all your family functions and never miss any essential personal commitments. Stepping back from work is important and can give you the reality check you need to ensure youre putting your personal life ahead of your work life.

What do you do to get the right balance?

I am VERY aware of finding the perfect balance if that is even possible and I would love to hear what youve done to get this right in your work life.
#balance #worklife
  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    for the most part I just work a regular schedule. This question is asked quite often here. So if you have a regular job then how do you balance work and life? Well it is simple, you have a schedule and you plan your life around that schedule, it is really simple.

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  • Profile picture of the author zdebx
    There's no rock-solid advice for this matter, as we all have different circumstances and live in different ways.

    If you have a family/kids, then surely family matters are above all, while keeping in mind that work is what puts food on the table, so it has to be prioritised most of the time.

    Trying to keep a balance of things can be hard at times, especially when you are not tied up to a day job, because your working hours are not fixed. However, that doesn't mean that you work whenever you feel like it, because even if you work from home, you should still have a schedule for a day/week and keep things organized.

    Overall, as long as you get work-related things done and meet your daily goals, then keeping work/life balance shouldn't be a big deal.
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  • Profile picture of the author Denis Orlov
    It depends mostly on what is the right balance for YOU.
    For some people right is waking up at 10am is right and working 3-4 hours, then break, then 3-4 hours again.
    For others (including myself), waking up at 6 am and doing the hardest part before noon works pretty well.
    I also know some guys who split their works and having 30-60 minutes naps between it.

    So, you should try what works best for you. There is no certain recipe.
    I can tell you which one worked for me. I read Hal Elrod's "Miracle Morning" and follow this way every day. You can try it also.
    Besides, I can't work from home, so instead I go to get some coffee / breakfast and work from there.
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  • Profile picture of the author PPG19
    I used to work 10 hrs a day, weekends included, birthdays, Christmas and every single holiday you can imagine. When i first started i had no balance. It was all about the work. If you want to start online and be your own boss you will have to sacrifice the things that are really important to you. Personally i did sacrifice a lot, i don't want to say what i sacrificed but was probably one of the most important things of my life.

    It took a lot of work, tears (literally) and sacrifices to get to the point i am today because i started with very little. I actually started with my bank account on red. Today we are a team of 8.
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    • Profile picture of the author BlossMart
      Originally Posted by PPG19 View Post

      I used to work 10 hrs a day, weekends included, birthdays, Christmas and every single holiday you can imagine. When i first started i had no balance. It was all about the work. If you want to start online and be your own boss you will have to sacrifice the things that are really important to you. Personally i did sacrifice a lot, i don't want to say what i sacrificed but was probably one of the most important things of my life.

      It took a lot of work, tears (literally) and sacrifices to get to the point i am today because i started with very little. I actually started with my bank account on red. Today we are a team of 8.
      thanks for your comment, I don't want to sacrifice my life and family too much and know it can be tough, it's just important to me after burning out before in previous roles to have really good balance.
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  • Profile picture of the author Luke Dennison
    Interesting question.

    I find myself sometimes going days without working on my online business, and then spending 10 hours a day for a week doing it.

    So I guess my answer is just do what you want if its working for you
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    • Profile picture of the author BlossMart
      Originally Posted by Luke Dennison View Post

      Interesting question.

      I find myself sometimes going days without working on my online business, and then spending 10 hours a day for a week doing it.

      So I guess my answer is just do what you want if its working for you
      Yeah, I guess doing what we do allows for weeks like that.

      Family commitments, not enough motivation some weeks don't allow me the time I want to spend on my work.

      On other weeks I am like a bat out of hell, the balance ends up being fine however there is no two weeks that are the same.
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  • I use the google calendar to make sure I only take in projects that I have available time for and which would allow me at least 6 hours of sleep a day. This is important because even simple projects do not get done right just because you have too much on your plate!

    I also set aside every Sunday for family and at least 3-4 days a month to meet-up and schedule a date with friends. My friends are busy too with work and their families, so we can only realistically meet-up a few times each month. However, I really look forward to these days, and they really are an immune system booster. Laughing with them and just having a great time together refreshes my energy. We also need some days when we are just being a friend---not that online marketer, not a parent or that freelancer.
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    • Profile picture of the author BlossMart
      Originally Posted by ge studio creativo View Post

      I use the google calendar to make sure I only take in projects that I have available time for and which would allow me at least 6 hours of sleep a day. This is important because even simple projects do not get done right just because you have too much on your plate!

      I also set aside every Sunday for family and at least 3-4 days a month to meet-up and schedule a date with friends. My friends are busy too with work and their families, so we can only realistically meet-up a few times each month. However, I really look forward to these days, and they really are an immune system booster. Laughing with them and just having a great time together refreshes my energy. We also need some days when we are just being a friend---not that online marketer, not a parent or that freelancer.
      I don't know if I would survive on 6 hours of sleep a day.

      I try and get everything done before around 6pm each night so I can try and not do work for about 12 hours (I usually start at 5am) - for me I usually get some pretty simple things done and organised while I am first up and then I crack into one big project per day.

      I like how structured you are with family days and friend catch ups - I have been getting better at this but I should try harder. There is one day a weekend where I don't do any work however i do check my emails.

      I agree, the times I really enjoy are when I take my daughter to swimming lessons and I go a whole hour without even thinking about my work, or even a whole day.

      It can be consuming and getting the balance is such a hard thing. Good for you, it seems like you are really nailing the balance side of things
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  • Entrepreneurs have been struggling with this since the beginning of time!

    For me… I just make a point to set boundaries. For example evenings & weekends are off limits. Whatever it is can usually wait until “normal” working hours!
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  • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
    What I have found works...

    1. Make sure you are excited and driven by what your work will produce...no matter how well you manage your time, you spend the majority of your life earning money...you want to make sure you are happy with the outcomes of your effort. To me this is the #1 key around time management. You could work 20-hours a week, if you hate what you do or see it going nowhere, you will be miserable the remaining time and your life will suck. On the other hand, if you are completely stoked about your work you can work an 60-80 hour work week and still be happy, healthy and be a joy for others to be around

    2. Think leverage in everything you do. I create products and limit 1:1 consulting because the return I get from 10-hours of creating a product versus 10-hours of 1:1 consulting is 10-100X. When a task takes me longer to complete than what it costs to hire it out, I hire it out...leverage the effort and skill of others. Ramp up partnerships, affiliates, etc... again - for every hour you put in, the return is 10X + when they work on your behalf. Always be thinking leverage in every choice and decision you make.

    3. When you take downtime, REALLY take the downtime. Make sure you don't just escape, but that you have a purpose in how you use your downtime...so many people I know are constantly running FROM work instead of purposely using their downtime to do something that makes them happy, or allows them to have more freedom in the future (which is in itself energizing)

    To me time management is really a matter of having a control over your energy, direction and outcome rather than a minute-by-minute allocation of your time.
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