The advent of email, texting, and social media has made achieving a successful life work balance much more difficult for today's professionals. Because business can be conducted anywhere at any time, maintaining a positive balance requires intentional planning and purposeful protection of family time, leisure time, health, and other aspects of life, from the ever-intrusive demands of work. "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) for work has made saying no to work encroaching on your family life more difficult.
Freelancing offers an appealing solution to many who hope to create that delicate balance between work and the rest of life.
One of the unique advantages of freelancing is the opportunity to set your own hours. Freelancers can arrange their schedules around family activities or special occasions, or they can choose to work extra hours for additional income. Because freelancers manage their own time, they enjoy benefits such as:
Freelancing is not without pitfalls, however. Separating work from your personal life can become more difficult when you work from home.
The good news is that by creating a plan and sticking to it, you can achieve the balance between work and home that will allow you to enjoy both to the fullest. I have found that having a simple visual planning method for your life work balance management system is a key to success. It takes some freelancers years to discover this, and some never do.
Positive work life balance is the ability to create a personal environment that does not become overwhelmed by work-related stress. You will know you have achieved such balance when your life is characterized by:
Self-employment can be greatly rewarding for those who achieve a successful life work balance. The key is to proactively plan your schedule so that when you step away from work, you have accomplished your intentions for the day and you can give yourself fully to the people and activities that make up your personal life.