It may sound silly scheduling personal tasks for yourself, but time is money and creating a 'budget' for your time can ultimately allow you to spend it in a more efficient and productive way. Ultimately, I balance agency life, by scheduling personal time like my professional time and getting the quick tasks done first. I don't believe that there is a right or wrong way to do things in terms of managing your work-life balance, as it is a personal thing for each individual.
However, in terms of making things easier for yourself, you need to be organized and write everything down. Every day I write a new to-do list for each client with short-term and long-term tasks on it.
If you don't write things down and don't have systematic ways of storing files, documents, and notes you waste time searching for what you need to complete projects. This lack of organization creates added work for yourself, but if changed it can give you more time to spend on your life away from your business.
It is certainly difficult to maintain a good work-life balance as when an 'urgent task' pops up from a client the natural reaction is to deal with it there and then, even if that means aspects of your personal life are affected. The most important thing to remember, however, is to not put too much pressure on yourself. For the majority of us, the reason why we started our own agency was that we love the field that we work in and want to be successful. I would argue that real success is happiness and therefore if you are unhappy because you are neglecting your personal life, you have to make a change.
Being happy, having 10 clients and having a good work-life balance is far better than having 15 clients and feeling under-pressure and miserable. He gets pulled in a lot of directions, but fortunately, he has great managers! The key is to start your day with highly productive time. Do important things before urgent things.
For example:. Image source : 7 Habits of Effective Content Marketers. If you develop a habit of going to bed early, getting up early and getting results before the urgent work pours in, you will be far more likely to meet your goals. One of the ways I maintain a work-life balance is by turning off the notifications on my cell phone.
When I first turned them off in January of , I was afraid that I would miss something important. What I found, though, is that when I'm working, I'm often checking in manually anyways. From Facebook, to Asana, to the Gmail app, I was making sure to keep a pulse on my client's accounts and my inbox. I also found that when I was taking time off in the evenings and on weekends, I wasn't getting distracted from personal life by work obligations.
I could check in early Saturday morning and spend the rest of the day enjoying life instead of getting interrupted by a social media or email notification. Otherwise, I've found that it can usually wait for business hours. Robbie manages a three-person search marketing agency working primarily with B2B SaaS companies. This allows me to batch process and focus large amounts of time of a single project, rather than bouncing around.
I used to constantly check my emails and let others dictate my schedule. Productivity killer.
Those are three simple things that have helped me get more done during work hours so that I can spend more time with family or on personal projects in the evenings and weekends. No paid tools required.
Note: I highly recommend agency folks read the book, Essentialism. Someone once said you should only hire people you'd be willing to work for, and I like to stick by that. It means you can delegate with confidence. It's not just about producing great work; it's about being open and honest with your clients: knowing their business and being forward about what's going to work for them and what's not makes a big difference.
Agencies experience stress when they don't have the right clients. That might be price point over-servicing because the client can't afford your usual rates , and it might be cultural. Following every lead isn't healthy. We use Asana for task management, and it gives us a client view of tasks as well as a personal view — which means anyone can dive in at any time and get an instant view of what's happening at any point in time.
Not having that means you're looking at multiple different tools to see what's going on - and that's when miscommunication happens. These things demand you have a work-life balance. Planning your time and developing good habits is crucial if you want to avoid burnout managing multiple clients. David Hartshorne is a freelance writer working with business owners and marketing teams to create detailed, actionable content that resonates with their audience. Did you know celebrating special occasions on social media can often help improve engagement rates?
Plan some of your content around trending dates with our free digital calendar for , and impress your clients with your work! Features Pricing Blog Login. Running your digital agency is a challenge. Plan your time The overarching piece of advice shared by our agency owners is to set aside time for planning before you do anything.
Develop good habits Successful people have good habits. So what do digital agency owners practice? Manage your relationships Working in an agency entails working and interacting with people. Nobody wants to work with a grumpy agency owner : 7 Agency Owners Reveal Their Work-Life Balance Tips We asked seven agency owners how they maintain a healthy work-life balance: As an agency owner, how do you maintain a work-life balance and manage the stress that comes with juggling multiple clients at the same time?
Maya Middlemiss - BlockSparks Maya is the CEO of a small team of specialist professionals in 3 countries, and also a freelance writer and remote teams consultant. For example: Write an article before checking email. Follow up with prospects before using social media. Make progress on a project before starting your day of meetings. Andrea Jones - Social Media for Podcasts Andrea is the founder and social media strategist for her social media agency.
Yesterday, a student stopped by my room during class change. I was juggling numerous tasks but resisted the urge to reprimand her for potentially being late to her next class. As it turned out, she just wanted to tell me about her pet rabbit, a bunny named Muffin, then off she went. That afternoon in the hallway, she wrapped herself around me before heading to her bus.
I thought about how that scenario might have gone differently when she entered my classroom—yet another stressed-out teacher scurrying her along, too busy to care about a 6th grader. I gave her three minutes. Sometimes three minutes can make a world of difference. Shawn, whom I don't teach, comes into my room every day.
He's usually asking for lunch money or snacks, and he's always out of the class he belongs in. Some days, I just want to push him in the right direction, but instead I take a deep breath and give him a few minutes of attention.
His last visit was purposeful; his friend had been killed in a gang fight. What if every teacher, all day long, scurried Shawn away? Who would he eventually find to listen to him?
Those same gang members who killed his friend? Another component of an atmosphere of respect includes never humiliating a student. Humiliation is a tactic that can result in quiet classrooms filled with scared children. A principal walking by may confuse this for a well-managed classroom. However, students who are humiliated, especially in front of an audience, are rarely receptive to learning.
I have an adage I share with beginning teachers: "If you make students the enemy, you will lose.
Students can only thrive in an atmosphere of respect; there, they will learn the curriculum as well as skills for interacting with others respectfully and with kindness. Students know the difference between a teacher who is there merely to pick up a paycheck and one who loves getting up and going to work every day. I remember standing over the copy machine one day, thinking, "I just love teaching pronouns! The relationship balance includes not only loving one's subject matter but also advocating for one's students. We must represent their needs to other adults in the building, carefully explain concerns to parents, and assure our students that we have their best interests at heart.
I know I'm passionate about teaching because when I stand outside my classroom door, I can't wait to see those goofy faces coming toward me. I can't wait for the high fives, the hugs, and the laughter. And I can't wait to see whether my students will get as excited about the book we're reading as I am.
If they don't, then it's my mission to find ways to make it interesting or figure out what's going on in their lives that's interfering with their focus. That's part of my job as a committed teacher. I have spoken often of my 1st grade teacher, Mrs. Warnecke, who took a scrawny kid from the wrong side of town and developed her into a reader and a 1st grade poet.
One teacher who had the perfect balance of respect for children and discipline in the classroom recognized a glimmer of self-esteem and developed it into a teacher-to-be. Fifteen years later, I'd be looking at my own students and working to find my way with them. As I talk to teachers, I tell them that we all have the opportunity to be someone's Mrs.
Warnecke—not only the opportunity but also the honor, the responsibility, and, in fact, the obligation to be that teacher who makes a difference in the life of a child. I understand that one reason I have such a connection with students is because I once had a teacher who gave me a chance.