Let’s Talk About Work-Life Balance

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Work-life balance

Work-Life Balance.

It’s mental health awareness week and we want to talk about the elusive ‘work-life balance’, highlighted as one of the main contributors to mental health problems. In the UK 1 in 4 people will experience mental health problems at some point in their lives, and the Mental Health Foundation highlights the pressure of an increasingly demanding work culture as one of the most pressing challenges to the mental health of the general population. 

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This famous quote resonates with the team here: “If you do not make time for your wellness, you will be forced to make time for your illness” and it is along these lines we are creating our work-life balance policies and incorporating wellbeing into everything we do for our staff. But what about when you are starting or running your own company?

It’s a socially accepted narrative that ‘putting in the hours’ in business is praised, and start-up companies are expected to take over the owner’s life. But it doesn’t have to be like this, there are strategies that can be put in place to help improve your own work-life balance. Based on our own policies we have some advice on how you can improve your work-life balance when starting or running your own company. 

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  1. Give yourself dedicated working hours. 

By setting specific work hours you set your own time frames to work and will have greater focus and productivity within these times.

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  1. Remember to say no.

We all got so caught up in other people’s demands that sometimes we forget we can say no. Haven’t got the time to attend that meeting? A friend asks you to go to a networking session? Remember you can say no.

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  1. Schedule family/personal time

In the same way we can schedule working hours, we can also take the same approach and make sure we plan personal time into our calendar. Having a regular routine and planned hours means we are expecting to spend that time doing what we love, and are less likely to get caught up in any work demands during this time.

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  1. Eliminate distractions

Imagine if every hour you spent at work was a productive hour, how much more free time you would have. We all fall foul to a social media scroll or an unimportant call distracting us from our current task. There are programmes available to block yourself from unproductive websites, notifications are easily turned off, and your phone doesn’t have to always be on. Give yourself some dedicated focus time, so when your scheduled work finish time arrives you know you have achieved as much as you can, and you deserve the time to relax. 

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5. Play to your own strengths

Focus on what you’re good at and do it. You don’t have to be perfect at everything, and you certainly won’t have the time to do it all. Not sure about social media? Outsource. Need some copy for the website? Outsource? Need someone to answer your calls whilst you’re busy? Outsource.

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f6. Spend some time in nature. 

This year’s theme from the Mental health Foundation is Nature. Studies have shown that spending time in nature can lift your mood, reduce anxiety and is part of the Mental Health Foundation, awareness week campaign. 

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We know when reading these many of you will be thinking ‘how can I stop working or turn off my phone?’ You’ll be worried about missing leads, or your current customers being unable to get hold of you.

This is where an answering service can help, outside of your dedicated working hours you can set up your divert so all your calls are still answered, details captured and emailed through to you, ready for your reply once you are back at work. Allowing you to prepare before replying and prioritising the most important calls first. An answering service can even filter your calls, meaning any sales or marketing calls no longer disturb your day. Phoneta are more than just an answering service, we become an extension of your team, and whilst we can’t promise to make your business a success, we can be here to help improve your work-life balance on the journey. 

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Get in touch today to find out how we can help you.

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