Regardless our dreams and meticulous planning, life always has a way of happening to us and when it does, it sometimes brews a storm of personal crises. From divorce to the loss of a loved one, difficult teenagers, stress, and illnesses, personal crises have a way of upsetting the work-life balance we’ve struggled to achieve.
However, as an entrepreneur whose actions and in-actions has direct bearings on our employees, partners, and investors, you can’t live life subject to the dictates of the crises. Your productivity at work really matters. Here are 4 important tips to help you maintain it while dealing with personal crises:
Speak to your partners and key employees
When dealing with personal crises, putting on a strong front is the last thing you need to do. Now more than ever, you must learn to lean on the right support system. For work, it begins with speaking to your partners and key employees.
Armed with the knowledge of the crises you are dealing with, they will be in a better place to give you the right support and cut you some slack when you really need to. However, ensure that you are comfortable with whatever information you will be sharing and that it is detailed enough to earn their support.
Don’t go overboard with details
As much as you are interested in winning their support and empathy, you really shouldn’t go overboard with details, especially the ones that are irrelevant to work. What’s more, you really don’t want to have them doubting your professionalism and competence.
For many investors and partners, your ability to stay level-headed in the midst of a personal crises is the hallmark of sound judgement.
Ordinarily, maintaining a healthy work-life balance demands setting boundaries between your personal life and your professional life. So, if you are yet to set any, now is the next-best time to do it. Setting mental, physical, and digital boundaries help sustains your concentration level at work and ensure that you stay productivity. Some boundaries you may need to set include disenabling personal email alert, changing work location (especially if you work from home), setting thought filters and only mulling over work-related ones, etc.
Make time to address the personal crises
Truth be told, the most formidable boundaries are only temporary solutions that can never fix your personal crises. Rather than use them to blank out reality, take out time to solve the personal crises. Sometimes, it might mean reducing your working hours or even taking time off. Should you realise that you need professional help or counselling, don’t hesitate to speak up. Every ‘delay’ increases the chances of the crises going worse.
Remember, optimum productivity can only be created by a healthy mind and body. Love up on yourself a little because in the end, you really matter.