Does The Perfect Work Life Balance Exist?
Written by Sophie Holt.
With the onset of the new year and the daunting return to work beginning – it seems more important than ever to begin 2018 with a clear head. As a maker who is most likely self employed or balancing multiple projects at once, a balance between work and life can seem unattainable. In addition to this, as a creative your job isn’t a typical 9-5 – in theory it never stops and you can never do too much. However, this attitude towards work can be incredibly toxic and could cause you to become so all consumed with your job that you put your mental and physical health on the back burner.
While there is no such thing as a ‘perfect’ balance between work and play – there are some things that you can do to stop yourself completely crashing. We have put together our top 10 tips below…
Plan your time carefully. Its essential to plan your time with care and acknowlegde when is your most productive time of day is and fit your work around this.
Learn when to say no. Be firm with what you can and can’t do – remember that you physically cannot say yes to everything, so sometimes saying no isn’t a bad thing.
Have a list of ideal projects and stick to them. Make a check list of things that you want out of each project you undertake, this can be referred to everything you get a new opportunity. This is to avoid taking on too much work, while making sure everything you do fits in line with what you actually want to make.
Rent a studio space. Working on your own/from home can be extremely demotivating, so renting a studio space or collaborating with other makers can be a way to combat this.
Take back control of your emails/social media. Answer your emails and deal with social media requests early on in the day so you don’t feel tied to your phone throughout the day.
Take regular breaks. Remember to take breaks throughout your working day, and when you do break come away from your workspace and be free of all technology.
Set your own routine. As a self-employed/part time maker you have the luxury of deciding your own working hours. Make sure that you work enough to be productive but also be realistic with how much time you can physically make within one day. Try and stick to a routine each day (9-5) and then after this time stop working completely.
Trust your instincts. If you feel like you are about to burn out and are reaching a point where you can’t continue the routine you have set for yourself – then take a break and regroup.
Don’t compare your work/life to someone else’s. Nobody has the perfect work/life even if it looks that way on there Instagram. Do what works best for you. Comparison is the killer of joy.
Understand that you can’t have it all, all the time. Balancing family life, making time for yourself and holding down a successful career is a complete juggling act and you are never going to be able to do everything perfectly all the time. Take the pressure off yourself and understand that it is ok to not to ‘have it all’.