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Seven effective tips for achieving a better work/life balance as a self-employed professional

Seven effective tips for achieving a better work/life balance as a self-employed professional

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Achieving a healthy work/life balance as a self-employed professional may be challenging, but it is crucial for overall well-being and productivity. 

To help improve work/life balance, Toolbox by Admiral has spoken to its customers to find out how they are improving their working habits and have revealed various actionable tips such as setting boundaries, creating a schedule, taking breaks and finding time for hobbies.

The reasons people choose a freelance or self-employed career can vary, but one of the biggest reasons is to attain a healthier work/life balance, and many are quitting their jobs in search of flexibility and fulfilment.

Earning potential and higher pay are also huge factors, but a study by Forbes Advisor found that over half (54%) of British workers would accept a lower-paid job in exchange for a better work/life balance, demonstrating how important this is to many UK workers. 

A spokesperson from Toolbox says: “In an increasingly connected world of flexible work, where work and home boundaries easily blend, managing our work/life balance to the best of our abilities is especially important… but often difficult. That’s why we’ve compiled seven helpful tips that will hopefully help the self-employed benefit.” 

The self-employment insurance experts at Toolbox have provided seven key strategies:

1. Manage your time wisely

As a self-employed individual, you might feel obligated to accomplish more. However, to avoid burnout, it’s paramount to prioritise your time and draw lines between your professional and personal life. Creating a fixed schedule or a dedicated workspace might also help. 

2. Explore hiring options

Attempting to handle all tasks alone can be overwhelming so you should consider outsourcing some tasks, as this could not only boost your productivity but also spare time for other responsibilities. If feasible, consider bringing in additional help.

3. Set realistic goals

Self-employed professionals often have high expectations for themselves. Establishing practical, daily objectives and deadlines can prevent feelings of overburden and foster motivation as you progressively accomplish your tasks.

4. Incorporate regular breaks

Getting absorbed in work and disregarding breaks is common, but recuperation is vital for your mental and physical health. It can even enhance work productivity. Allow short, regular intervals in your day to relax, enjoy a coffee, or get some fresh air and ensure you take time off over the weekend.

5. Dedicate time for leisure activities

Engaging in hobbies and interests outside work can boost your overall well-being and help avoid burnout. Allocate time for activities you love, such as reading, hiking, or spending time with family and friends.

6. Establish a support network

Our conversations with customers reveal that self-employment can sometimes feel lonely. Therefore forming a network of friends, family, or fellow self-employed professionals can significantly enhance your work/life balance.

7. Prioritise self-care

Self-care is essential for maintaining mental health. Allocate time for self-care activities during your days off or post-work evenings. This could involve exercising, cooking one of your favourite meals, or ensuring adequate sleep. Doing so could help improve your mood, reduce stress and boost your productivity.

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