Hustle culture. Working all hours. Scrounging all your resources. Early mornings and late nights and the phone just won’t stop ringing. Sound familiar? Are you a freelancer or do you know one? Because that can be the life sometimes. Slowly but surely, the myth is being busted and turns our slowly working towards a complete breakdown is not as glamorous as some people may sell the idea to be. What really was an epidemic, glorified for many unknown reasons, is really under the microscope. There should be no reason anyone works so solidly and properly and yet feels as though they have not done enough - and that they must keep working. But, wait, aren’t we always warned about work-life balance? Isn’t it yet another thing you SHOULD be doing? Herein lies the point of this article: assessing how a work-life balance is possible for you - yes, you deserve it, but there must be a method within the madness.
How to know when your life and work are not balancing out
Are you tired, like, all the time? Mornings are hard, no matter all the superfood granola you eat - but, hey, the end of the day is hard too and the temper is always a little shorter than what you are used to. Sometimes you yourself can find yourself with time - time for a morning run, time to reflect and yet when it comes time to start work you find and realise you do not have the energy, creative or otherwise, to spend on this task. Perhaps you are feeling a little more sensitive to insecurities and valuing your work. Regardless, anyone of the above things will affect you and therefore your business. They may seem tedious, menial or irrelevant but there is no doubt in any case: it is time to change something about how you are working.
You could be new to the game or a seasoned fox who knows all the ins and outs - it will not stop this moment from coming and needing your attention at some point, and sometimes, many points. Avoiding the above issues, and the many I did not mention, requires great discipline, and internalised sense of work ethic and work quality. Now, isn’t that sentence easier to say than do? Why, of course, it is. But with some strategic techniques, you can find a way to negotiate a new system that really works for you. This will probably take time you feel like you do not have - but it is far more valuable in the long run. After all, your business won’t work unless you do.
There are some serious implications when it comes to the stress of work and impending burnout as applied to mental health. Please do not refrain from seeking help and asking for help, and getting it from professionals, if you need it. Sometimes it is not so simple and sometimes it has been going on so long - you forgot what normal feels like, and that is O.K. But for those who are just looking to evolve or educate themselves in the first instances of seeking change, the following tips are for you.