Since taking the decision to throw myself head-first into being my own boss, one thing has stood out to me more than anything else. The line between working and relaxing has blurred considerably. I’m really enjoying taking on the challenge, however I’m often left sitting in front of the laptop late into the evening, having never quite got to the point where I’ve decided that enough is enough.
Given that I’m a mother to three small children and that my other half is also working a lot, I believe that now has to be the time for me to find the right work life balance, before I completely burn myself out. But where do you start when trying to draw a distinct line between the two? I’m so used to working as and when I have the inspiration to, that any attempts at sticking to a schedule have failed horribly.
A few things that I’m considering trying are:
- Lists: lots and lots of lists. I’ve had it on good authority that list-making is the solution, when it comes to organising your day but what kind of lists should you write? Bullet points? Numbered lists in order of priority? Do you write them in a notebook or on your PC?
- Spreadsheets: a variant of lists but I suppose a bit more organised. I use spreadsheets to keep track of my earnings but aside from that, I’m usually stumped on what else to use them for.
- Post-it-notes: I’m a huge fan of these, yet to remember everything that I have to do in a day, I’d literally need to wallpaper the house with them.
- Timetables: this is something I haven’t tried since my school days and it’s only recently that I’ve considered using one for my entire day. Perhaps having a timetable pinned up on the wall, would help me to keep track at a glance. Have you used a timetable for your daily schedule? How effective did you find it?
- Calenders: could it really be as simple as jotting things down on a calender? It would have to be a pretty big calender!
Maybe in the end it’s down to trial and error and finding out what works best for me. It could be that late evening working, turns out to be just fine but it would be nice to look at the clock and know that soon, I can pack it all up and relax.
How do you find the right work life balance? Do you use one of the methods above or even a combination of them all? I’m really interested in hearing how working parents, particularly those who work at home and care for their children at the same time. No doubt you can provide me with some valuable tips! Do let me know your thoughts.