The importance of maintaining a work/life balance is not a myth. If you give too much of yourself to work, you get burned out — sometimes both at work and in your personal life. Health and relationship issues arise from these conditions.
When we tip the balance too much toward work, it is usually because we are seeking perfectionism. The more you are involved in family and work, as they both grow, the more elusive perfection becomes. Think about this: Are you rewarded by perfectionism or by productivity? Start leaning toward productivity.
I’m Lee Mirabal, and I’m a news junkie. At various times in my radio career, I’ve been a street reporter, news anchor, feature reporter, political talk show host and news writer. I blame my obsession on that. To this day, I can’t go to sleep or wake up without looking at the news stations and checking my phone and email for news alerts.
Someday I will get a grip, but for now, I had to do something to keep myself dedicated to earning an income. Now I leave the television off from 9am to noon, and I don’t check my phone for current events. Radio helps to break the silence, and it doesn’t take away so much of my brain power.
I allow myself to check the news during my lunch break (I know, pathetic), then I turn it all off from 1:30pm until 5 or 6, when I finish my day. Lately there have been so many things that take our minds off our earning goals, terrible things that take us to the TV and away from attaining our dreams. If you see yourself in my miserable scenario above, join me in scheduling your media involvement before and after your work.
Juggling eBay selling with a LOT of other stuff going on! Our guest is Nadene Shearstone, known on eBay as Top-Rated Seller colbre*dazzle and the prettier half of Thrifty Business with Jay & Nay.
After finding myself working at 2am, I wondered: How many actual hours do we spend on our online businesses? You shouldn’t be spending more than 30 or 40 hours per week working full time. You need the rest of your time to sleep; take care of family responsibilities such as children and your lover or honey, etc.; take care of your personal bookkeeping; shop for food, clothes and other stuff; accomplish chores such as housework, cooking and errangs; doctor’s appointments; and, of course, have fun. Sit down (when you have a moment), and make a spreadsheet with ALL of your responsibilities in life, then time them for a week. After one week, take a look to see what your work/life ratio is. You CAN have it all; you just need to prioritize. You may find that you start and stop work many times during the day, sometimes with just plain old distractions. These will be evident to you after one week. This test will enable you to find ways to streamline.
Separating work from personal life is a challenge when working from home. Here is the usual scenario: It’s 2 pm, and you’re looking through your email. Oops, there’s an email from your mom or your next-door neighbor or your sister Susan from Pacoima. Your mind leaves the workplace and centers on the birth of your new nephew. Consider separating your personal emails, phone calls, texts and the like from your business. I know it sounds revolutionary, but it can work. I know some online sellers who actually have separate computers and phone numbers for their business. This helps them to find that separation. When your workday is over, you can go on with your life. (Remember your life? It’s still there.)