We've always had great feedback from contractors on the work-life balance and feasibility that contracting can offer independent professionals. However, whilst working on projects, it can be possible to get caught up in the demands of your work and forget about taking care of yourself. Self-care and work-life balance are essential for avoiding burnout and maintaining your well-being, so why not check in with yourself, reassess and use some of our top tips to help you give give you the self-care you need
Set Your Schedule
It's easy to get caught up in the trap of working long hours, but this can lead to burnout and have a bad influence on your health. While contracting, you have the ability to take control of your schedule and the hours which you work. Make sure to set explicit work-hour restrictions and adhere to them; Plan your work activities, prioritise vital tasks and use time-blocking tactics.
Set reasonable goals and boundaries:
While it may be tempting to take on as much work as possible, it is critical to establish realistic goals and limitations that allow you to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Determine how much time you can commit to working realistically, and prioritise projects properly. If you find yourself working past your scheduled hours regularly, it’s time to re-evaluate your workload and consider delegating duties or renegotiating deadlines.
Take regular breaks:
Breaks can help you rejuvenate and enhance your productivity. Plan regular breaks throughout the day and take time off from work to rest and refuel.
Take time off:
It is critical to take time away from work to refresh and refocus. The flexibility contracting offers will allow you to schedule regular holidays or time off from work to participate in things you enjoy and spend time with family and friends. Just because you are ‘working for yourself’ doesn’t mean you don't need to take time off and rejuvenate!
Acknowledge your accomplishments:
It's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day as a contractor and forget to celebrate your successes. Take the time to recognise your accomplishments, no matter how minor they may appear. Whether that be getting a new client, receiving great feedback, or whatever it is, remember to step back and be proud of all you have achieved.
Maintain a healthy working environment:
Just as you would in a traditional office, it's important to ensure that your workplace is conducive to productivity and comfort. To establish a comfortable and effective workspace, invest in ergonomic equipment, adjust lighting and temperature, and eliminate distractions.
Make self-care a priority:
Every day try to schedule time for activities that boost your physical and emotional well-being, such as exercise, meditation, or spending time with loved ones. Make self-care a priority, just as you would work.
Ask for help
Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Being a contractor doesn’t mean you have to go through everything alone. For example, an accountant can make a considerable difference by helping you tackle part of your daily, weekly, and monthly responsibilities. Accountants can guide you through your financial processes, achieve greater tax efficiency and help you establish a financial system you can understand and follow.
It is critical as a contractor to emphasise self-love and work-life balance to avoid burnout and maintain your well-being. Set reasonable objectives and boundaries for yourself, emphasise self-care, take pauses, and celebrate your accomplishments. By following these guidelines, you can strike a healthy balance between work and life and enjoy a rewarding and long-term career as a contractor.
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