how to ensure work-life balance as a contractor

How to ensure work-life balance as a contractor

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You will agree that a full-time job instills discipline in one’s life. But after some time, that “discipline” can turn into a “monotonous routine” and that working life isn’t so exciting anymore. Trust us – it happens to a lot of people.

So if you have taken the leap of faith and decided to embark on a career as a contractor – good for you! Because no matter what people say, there’s nothing better than being your own boss and not tying yourself to regular working hours.

However, at the same time, you might end up answering calls late at night or working through the weekends which can be quite a pain and hamper your family time. Since it’s just the beginning of the week, we suggest you follow the tips given below for a healthier work-life balance and a more productive week:

  1. Fix your own working hours

    If you are not appointed to work from the office of your client, it is important you be specific about the number of hours you are willing to put in for the client. Working from home is a comfortable option but losing sense of time is a major possibility. Therefore, you have to fix a timeframe as per your job requirements.

  2. Take proper breaks

    Working from the comfort of your bed is inviting. But that doesn’t mean you spend the entire day working in bed but not taking any breaks. Remember – it doesn’t matter where you are working from; take short breaks not just to rejuvenate yourself but also run household errands or spend time with your family.

  3. Learn to say “no”

    A contractor’s life has its own share of job-related risks. There is a constant struggle and need to have enough work on the plate. In fact, it always seems as if the contractor is at the disposal of the client. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. Draw a line and learn to say “no” or “not right now” if you feel you can’t take a particular call or assignment at the moment.

    Don’t cut yourself short and don’t be easily available to all clients. After all, the quality of your work depends on how mentally at peace and organized you are. Don’t make messy decisions.

  4. Switch off your emails over the weekends

    You have to do this, otherwise there’s no end to how much you can work. Utilize the weekends to spend quality time with your family. Don’t check your emails or respond to them. Cut yourself some slack over these two days. If you really have to respond to some emails, then make it a time bound activity. Don’t waste your time checking emails for more than 10 minutes. That’s it!

  5. Prioritize your tasks on Mondays

    The first thing you should do on a Monday morning is schedule your submissions, meetings and calls along with household chores. This way, you will exactly know where your attention is required and when. It is okay to plan your work and household chores together as long as doing so gives you a better sense of time and makes you more organized.

So are you ready to have a proper work-life balance from today onward?

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