Strike the right work life balance

There are constant demands on your time and attention and it can often be difficult to identify exactly what your priorities should be when there is so much to be done. Priorities can change rapidly and you need to be able to constantly re-assess situations and respond appropriately. Here are some tips to assist in prioritising between ‘work’ (career and ambition) and ‘lifestyle’ (health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development/meditation).

1. Prioritise: Its best to set reasonable goals that align with your purpose and passions. Try answering these questions: What do you care about most? Where do you need to spend your time? What’s the best way to strike a balance between the two

2. Ask for help: Find a mentor, maybe a fellow entrepreneur who can offer perspective and insight into how to grow your business in a smart, sustainable way, without putting a strain on your personal life.

3. Schedule one thing you look forward to each day: This must be something you enjoy and look forward to. It doesn't apply to things you think will be good for you or things that your children or partner would enjoy. This is for you. Whether it’s reading a novel in the bath, having a meal with someone or lounging on the sofa with a glass of wine or watching TV-make it non-negotiable. Don’t check your emails, turn off your mobile, screen incoming calls and only ring back if it's an emergency. Stick to it and don't put it off.

4. Track your progress: It’s key to have an accountability systems in place, like measuring your numbers on a daily basis. This should help to take the pressure off in the long term, and if there are any issues, you should notice in plenty of time.

5. Have down time: If you’re unable to relax, feel like you are running on empty and sleeping badly, you may have signs of adrenaline dependency. You can only run on adrenaline for a short time before experiencing its downside. Too much for too long can make you feel stressed, irritable and wanting another high. Adrenaline eventually runs out leaving you with no energy and feeling anxious, depressed or even ill.

It is important to have time to cool down after an adrenaline high just as it is when you exercise (obviously exercise is a must too)! Timetable in routine tasks after a substantial burst of work and give yourself time to come down and feel tired. Don't worry if you feel low, unsettled and depleted-it's the adrenaline draining away. Given time, it will pass.

6. Don’t be a martyr: Say no to extra responsibilities! If you feel put upon and resentful but still hogging the work, stop. It might make you feel like a hero and you may think it makes you look busy and important but it doesn't. It can be infuriating and annoying for people around you so let other people take the weight off your shoulders when you need it.

7. Choose ‘good enough’ over ‘perfect’: question whether the job has to be done and finished or done your way, by you. Is it important that the job is simply done, or that it's done perfectly? 9 times out of 10, the answer is that it needs to be simply done rather than done perfectly.

8. Lastly, evaluate your work-life balance on a regular basis: Set aside some time once every other month to reflect on your current balance; what you would like it to be and what the plan is for arriving there.

Achieving work-life balance is a never-ending journey, and your needs will be different at different times in your life.