How to manage your professional life?
For many self-employed professionals, the balance between private and professional life remains difficult to find. This is a dilemma that freelancers are often faced with.
What solutions can you adopt?
1- Organize your appointments: even though schedules are often busy, it is important to know what you are supposed to do and for how long. Your ideas will be clearer and your work better organized. This will help you stick to your schedule and set boundaries, also with your patients.
2- Don’t forget what inspires you: because of the many tasks that are too overwhelming, it is possible to forget why you are in this profession. For this reason, it is important to act before it is too late. Everything you do should have meaning to you and routine should be transformed into pleasure.
3- Leave your professional equipment aside: whether it is a laptop, computer or any other type of equipment, it should not invade your private life. To avoid the temptation to respond outside of your work time, put them aside or turn off your notifications. When you get into the habit of dealing with work tasks after you’re done for the day, it becomes part of your routine very quickly.
4- Learn to say no and to delegate your tasks: you can’t be on every front. Finding trustworthy collaborators is a real mission, but it will save you a lot of time. Likewise, saying no should not be seen as a negative thing. It is sometimes necessary to maintain a healthy pace of life and not be overwhelmed by work.
5- Keep yourself busy in other ways: engage in physical activity that allows you to clear your mind outside of work hours. This helps maintain good mental health and allows you to get away for a few hours, whether you’re with your family or alone. It’s very important to keep moments that cut you off from the professional sphere.
Unfortunately, many people still struggle to find a healthy lifestyle. When this is not managed in time, it can quickly lead to burn-out or even depression. Keep in mind that your job should be something that drives you and not a routine task to be accomplished.
As far as managing a practice is concerned, it requires a lot of time and cross-functional skills: making appointments, administrative management, personnel management…
In order to find a solution, you must be able to identify, first of all, your organizational weaknesses in order to be able to regulate them later on.