What are your thoughts on work-life balance? Do you apply any techniques to achieve work-life balance?
I have some techniques I try and maintain no matter what is happening in my life. Meditation, pausing and taking breaks (big and small), exercise and being aware of where my stress levels are.
I'd like to eventually give myself set working hours so I can completely switch off at a certain time.
Balance is an illusion, yes we can have it all, we just can't do it all (at once). Balance is acceptance that you can't do everything, you have to make choices. What has the highest priority? Is it checking your mail? Drinking a glass of wine with friends? Having a meal with your partner, running in the garden with the kids, closing a deal, going to the gym?
Every day, we accept that a few of those coloured balls are going to hit the floor. Leave them there I say, just make sure the ones that matter stay on the table.
Having time for my friends and socialising is key – it keeps me insane and regularly meeting friends is an opportunity to share ideas and learn more from them. Having time to myself is also important and I try to make time to go the gym. My real solace is backpacking around a new country every few months, where I am officially ‘out of office’, and it gives me an opportunity to develop my ideas further.