If you work in the voluntary sector in whatever capacity you may have something in common with many self-employed and small business owners. Poor work life balance.
Your personality strengths such as kindness, helpfulness, conscientiousness, enthusiasm or a strong sense of responsibility are an asset to any voluntary organisation, however if you are not mindful can have a flipside by affecting your ability to ‘switch off’ from work and ‘switch on’ to looking after yourself.
Perfectionism for example can be helpful in situations where attention to detail is essential or tasks which require a high degree of accuracy. Day to day a perfectionist may expend unnecessary time and energy checking and re-checking routine tasks possibly leading to extended working days, falling behind with tasks and becoming anxious. The antidote to this desire to be perfect is to learn that ‘good enough’ is ‘good enough’ and put this new perspective into action.
If you are unhappy with your WLB then your job first and foremost is to take care of your own needs, so that you are even more effective in the help that you give to others. Be happy in your own life and you will be an inspiration to your friends, family, colleagues and clients and be more effective all round.
All of our circumstances are different however signs of a poor WLB might include being overbooked, feeling you never have enough time, poor diet, being out of shape or overweight, feeling disconnected and/or not spending time with family and friends, a messy and disorganised home or work space and sleeping badly due to over-thinking or worrying about work.