There is nothing like a ride in the bush to clear your mind and to get back on track.
Where do you put your focus?
Many people are not adept at managing the emotional issues attached to running a business or non-profit organisation. This is another gap that facilitators and coaches can fill, or it can be filled by better cooperation between businesses and non-profits.
Warning, stress points can emerge from:
- A lack of direction and support or both.
- The impact upon the family when there is no time for family activities.
- Relationship with a spouse, especially if you are both working.
- The impact of working so hard for so many hours for so many years without any real breakthrough.
- The emotional pressures of being responsible for staff, cash-flow and the business’s directions.
- Relentless conflicts, particularly if there are legal issues involved.
- Poor eating habits, insufficient exercise and sleep.
“Nurturing yourself is not selfish, it’s essential to your survival and your well-being”. Renee Trudeau
A work–life balance is a broad concept including proper prioritising between “work” (your career and ambition) on the one hand and “life” (health, family, personal growth, pleasure, leisure, and spiritual development) on the other.
Know the things impacting on your life/balance; grow the good ones, fix the bad ones.
When life is busy, or all your energy is focused on the ‘hard stuff’, it’s all too easy to find yourself off balance, not paying enough attention to important ‘emotional’ areas of your life. While you need to have the drive and focus when working on your planning or financials, if you’re going to get things done, taking this too far can lead to frustration and intense stress leading to ill health.
Many of us are time poor, constantly rushing to juggle different commitments and overcome our struggles. Your body and your family will be around a lot longer than most of the things you are aiming for, so invest in yourself and your family and maintain your work/life balance.
A good work/life balance means you have harmony between different aspects of your life, where benefits gained from each area can support and strengthen the others. Choosing and developing your lifestyle should be high on your priority list.
Flexible working hours can be helpful, but working from home can be a double-edged sword and can actually have a negative impact on work-life balance if you cannot maintain the right amount of discipline in a good working environment.
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FAQ Support facilitates businesses on both sides of the equation. We believe there is little point in running a successful business if the outcomes are poor on the emotional and family side.
Years of research have shown that working is generally good for mental and physical health and wellbeing, but an imbalance can be very harmful.
I know that you must work hard in providing the balance between the hard and soft issues if you want to have a good work/life balance.