Here at 344 Audio, we work on lots of projects, and pay equally as much attention to each - so how do we manage a work/life balance and sustaining health whilst working around the clock?
Set Boundaries for Yourself
It is very important to be organised and have a schedule when running a creative business. In order to maximise your time, you need to have a standard start and end time to your day. This helps set daily goals and create a level of balance. You should allocate certain evenings in the week to particular tasks, such as work backup, blog posting and client calls.
Even when it’s crunch time, and that deadline is a week earlier than expected, you have to have a cut off point that allows you to wake up the next day fresh and ready to work. Always remember that your loved ones may not be as passionate about your profession as you are, it is important to switch off and speak about other subjects with them.
Time Away From the Desk
As well as taking a lunch break each day, you should have periodic short breaks to rest your ears, eyes and stretch your legs. Not only will this make you more productive, but it is important for your health. Drinking water is also crucial when staring at computer monitors all day, in order to protect your eyes and keep them hydrated.
If possible, exercise in the morning and on your lunch break, to help keep your heart moving throughout the day during long sessions at the desk. Push-ups and lunges in the morning get your muscles engaged, especially when your joints go stiff after a week in the studio. During lunch, star jumps and stretches help refresh your body before returning to work. Gym sessions with weight training can help strengthen your lower back and legs for when they have to stay static at your desk. Try to take either a day or half day off a week, to give your brain a rest, spend time with loved ones, and to help you generate new ideas for current projects.
Take an Evening Off
In post production, constant communication with clients is crucial in providing a quality service. We usually perform our client calls during evenings, so that it doesn’t impact the rest of our working day. Answering emails when you wake up allows you to focus on the rest of your day with your clients up to date with milestones. This being said, you have to know when to take an evening off, and just relax to have a clear head for the next day.
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