Five Ways to Get the Work/Life Balance Right
Are you a Managing Director who feels your life is all work and no play? As head of a company, it’s not all about putting in as many hours as possible – but getting some downtime too…or you could be in danger of “executive burnout”. While some MDs thrive on the adrenalin rush, getting some relaxation time is essential to de-stress, recharge your batteries and refocus. Here, The Gattinetts, who have a range of attractive, high quality and low cost rural offices to let near Manningtree on the Suffolk and Essex border, looks at five ways to get the work/life balance right.
Look How You Manage Your Time – If you put in 14 hours a day at work, think of how you are spending this time. Is it being spent productively? If you are taking time out during the day to do personal chores…such as writing emails, booking hotels, sorting out car tax, dry cleaning, insurance and household things…it might be time to delegate. It could be that you are better off employing a PA to do this for you – even just part-time – so you can keep your focus at work. That way you can free up some valuable leisure time.
Avoid a Long Commute – Another way to factor in some free-time is choosing the right location for your offices to let. Ideally your premises should be easily accessible for staff, clients and suppliers, and not too far from your home so you don’t have a long commute. One example of a convenient office location in Suffolk and Essex is The Gattinetts, which is just off the A12 between Ipswich and Colchester, so it’s easy to get to by road.
Factor in Some Exercise Time – Getting fresh air and exercise is crucial for a healthy mind, and is a great energy booster. Schedule in some time for a gym session or exercise class, whether it’s 6am on a Monday or 5.30pm on a Friday. Put it in your diary and make that time yours. If your offices are in an idyllic location, such as in the middle of the countryside, it might be that taking a brisk walk at lunchtime will help you feel refreshed and alert.
Learn How to Say No – Even if you are just starting out, you don’t have to say yes to every project. If you have a project that’s coming your way and involves lots of work, tight deadlines, but doesn’t pay sufficiently well, you might not think it’s worth your while. If you say yes to everything that comes your way, but you don’t have the staff and resources fulfil those promises, it will affect the quality of your work. A polite no could do wonders for your stress levels.
Focus on Getting Enough Sleep – Managing a company doesn’t mean you should neglect your own health and welfare. Avoid checking your emails before bed as this is likely to keep your mind active at night and prevent quality sleep. This in turn can affect your stress levels and the quality of your work. So try to factor in some quiet time before bed by reading a novel, spending time with the kids or enjoying a hot soak in the tub.
At The Gattinetts we have a range of rural offices to let near Manningtree, on the Suffolk and Essex border. Facilities include free parking, a conference room for hire, and there is even an on-site nursery.