- Create a weekly planner. Include certain commitments, such as only accepting appointments at certain times, only working late 1 or 2 evenings, spend a certain amount of time with important people in your life and certain amount of time with yourself including visits to the gym, shopping, reading or other activities you enjoy. Really make the commitment to yourself to follow your plan.
- Create an annual planner, ensuring you have a certain amount of days holiday in a year. This needs to include a number of weeks when you are not earning being built into your business plan. Treat the cost of the holiday as a necessary expense, as creating a budget will make it easier to take the break.
- Delegate. As self employed individuals we often find ourselves doing everything ourselves either because we do not trust others to do things as well or we do not wish to spend the money on outsourcing. Certainly the latter can be self deceptive as the time we would free up by outsourcing certain tasks could be used in different, more effective ways, such as to see clients, write articles, do research or whatever we would like to do to grow our practice and develop ourselves. Is there some false economy within your practice? Perhaps look into the possibility of using a virtual PA, an accountant or other consultant.
- Scrutinise your time management skills. If they need brushing up, be honest with yourself and make the investment to optimise your time.
- Focus on the positive. Getting caught up in negative emotions causes stress, is time consuming and energy draining.
- Trust and value yourself. You know you are a good professional and the fact that you need time to yourself and your loved ones does not detract from that. Your integrity is more intact if you value yourself and your own well being as much as that of your clients.
- Break the long hour culture. We are all aware of its existence and whilst it may appear that self employed individuals should be at less risk of falling into its trap, particularly if they work alone, in reality we tend to judge ourselves against the norm and feel guilty or bad if we do not fall in line with it.
Try them out, see which ones work well for you and remeber to stick with them for a while – if they’re not how you usually operate it takes some time for them to start feel comfortable and natural. Think of the relief when you gain a greater balance!
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