When work and life collide

We asked business mentor and MD of Seriously PR http://seriouslypr.co.uk/ , Catherine Warrilow what work life-balance means to her and asked her to share a bit of her journey to date.

Honestly, I’d like to start with a caveat to this blog post – I don’t have any answers. I really don’t. But the good thing is that I don’t think I’m alone either!

Work life balance for most people, including me, is a constant learning curve. Some days you fail miserably and other days you’re like ‘this is it, I’ve nailed it’.

For me it comes down to why I went into business. I certainly didn’t do it because I wanted to miss sports day. It wasn’t because I wanted calls from clients at 10pm. And it wasn’t because I wanted never to be able to switch off from work ever again.

So you’ve got to set rules for yourself.  What will and won’t you compromise on? I’ve learned (the hard way) that if you’re not willing to compromise on something, for example – I will not work in the evenings, then, you have to create conditions under which this is achievable. If you simply can’t fit your work into the 9-5, what has to change? Personally I stopped myself from working in the evenings gradually, and it was more of a change of mind set  - I thought I was being ridiculously productive, working every spare hour. In reality, I was busy doing nothing and losing sleep!  I didn’t need more hours in the day; I needed to work smarter.

This is just one of many elements I’ve pondered, tackled, debated and continue to think about – a lot.  Others include time for exercise, eating too many petrol station sandwiches, switching off on holiday and more.

I’d be delighted to tell you more about my experiences – you can get in touch with mentors who are ready to listen to your story via the website.