How bloggers can maintain a better work-life balance
A guest post by Frankie Wallace.
Work-life balance is something that gets talked about a lot in the professional world. It’s becoming more evident that a healthy work-life balance not only makes employees more productive, but also more engaged with their job.
In fact, employers who promote a healthy work-life balance are more likely to keep employees longer and get the best work from them.
For bloggers, especially freelance bloggers, the push to accept work, hit deadlines, and pay bills can take a toll on a healthy work-life balance. However, it’s still important to find a happy medium between working and allowing yourself to have a life beyond your laptop.
Identifying signs of poor work-life balance
Social workers are notoriously overworked, and the signs they are told to pay attention to in order to identify poor work-life balance are:
- Experiencing lack of sleep
- Being highly reactive
- Being told you’re never around by family members
- Getting sick more often than usual
- Neglecting to take a lunch break during the day
- Drinking more than five cups of coffee in a day
- Forgetting to drink plenty of water
- Refusing to take a break at work
Many of the signs that apply to social workers also apply to many other types of jobs, so it’s important to be mindful about these warning signs. If you are exhibiting signs of a poor work-life balance, it’s important to re-evaluate your work schedule. If not, you’ll be more prone to burnout, missing deadlines, and completing subpar work.
The importance of sticking to a schedule
Many positions at a typical job will have set hours that you work. While it’s great to have flexibility in your schedule as a blogger, work on sticking to a daily and weekly schedule that limits your hours. Many employers who don’t value work-life balance see more people quitting as a result.
Since you are your own boss as a freelance blogger, it’s important for you to embrace a positive work-life balance for yourself. Work on sticking to a schedule and limiting your overtime. If you need to work late to hit a deadline, work less the next day.
By planning out in advance what you’ll write and when you’ll write it, it’ll be easier to stick to that schedule when it counts.
Giving yourself time off
Those who struggle with a work addiction don’t like to take time off, give themselves breaks, or go on any sort of vacation. Many bloggers exhibit some of those tendencies in order to complete as much work they can.
However, this time off is paramount in being consistent in your workflow. Not only should you be giving yourself days off from work, you should also be giving yourself breaks during the day for meals, exercise, and a few minutes away from your computer.
Taking a vacation is a great way to promote a positive work-life balance, as well. This forces you to take time away from your work, focus on relaxing, and allowing yourself to re-energise so that you don’t become burnt out.
Fostering a balanced working environment
One great way to create a balance between your work life and the rest of your life is to foster a balanced working environment. In a traditional working situation, the office is in a different location, making it easier to remove yourself from work when you walk out of your office building.
Bloggers who work from home can experience a blurred line between home life and work life since, often, both happen in the same place. Bloggers might try working exclusively in a home office instead of on their couch or in their bed. This can help to leave work in the office when it’s not work hours and keeps your rest areas for their intended purposes: rest.
Many who tend to work from bed often find themselves unable to fall asleep easily at night, thinking about the work they could be doing while waiting to fall asleep. This leads to insomnia and sleep deprivation, which can have many negative effects on a person’s body.
While changing up your work environment can be great for the body, just be sure you’re not spending too much working time in your work-free areas so you aren’t tempted into overtime. If needing a change in environment, try heading to a cafe or setting up a sitting area on your patio.
Do you have a healthy work-life balance?
A healthy work-life balance can be difficult to maintain when you work from home as a blogger. The blurred line between work and life can cause many bloggers to overwork themselves, which can lead to issues with sleep, stress, and feeling burnt out. However, by sticking to a schedule, prioritising time off, and fostering a balanced work environment, bloggers can work on creating a healthy work-life balance for themselves.
About the author
Frankie Wallace regularly contributes to a wide variety of blogs and enjoys writing about health tips and politics. Wallace currently resides in Boise, Idaho and is a recent graduate from the University of Montana.