Balance is one of the hardest things to accomplish in life. For a few, it's natural; it happens without deliberate planning. These people seem to have a certain character, less competitive, and secure employment. For others is a constant battle if you don't put down some ground rules which shouldn't be written in stone but not far from it. This requires planning and discipline> I know first hand how easy it is to work in the evening and in the weekends when you have things you feel should be done. One of many problems of working "24/7" is that every day tends to become the same; Friday evening is is like Tuesday evening and Sunday becomes like any Thursday. This is especially prone to happen if you are self-employed. To prevent this from happening or already there, it requires a plan and motivation to turn things around.
By claiming a balance between work and the rest of your time, you will improve your life. Even if we enjoy our work, we need a break to look forward to something outside work. This planned well, lead to increased efficiency while working. How is it done? If you are self-employed, decide how many hours weekly you want to work. It could be 30, 40, 50 and maybe up to 55, but not more. 55+ hours you dip into becoming a workaholic, and then it is impossible to get any balance in life. Then, plan when you prefer to work these hours, Monday-Friday or Monday-Saturday. Whatever schedule fits you and your family best. After you decided, look at it critically. Is it doable? Where are the pitfalls? Is my spouse okay with these hours? If not, compromise and adjust. Every week evaluate how it worked and see if you like/need to make any modifications. Do your best to resist work more and make it harder to do so by leaving your work at work, at the office, or/and inform employees and clients that about your new working hours. It will be an adjustment period. Do your best to follow through. As a result, you will become more content down the road and feel that you are better at focusing and increasing productivity while working.
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