As a leader, making a clean separation between professional and social life is a necessity. Being in a position where many people look up to you could make you quickly forget that you have your own life to live. Most of the times, a leader’s professional life gets so intertwined with his social life, making it difficult for him to have a balanced life.
But no matter how tasking the leadership position you occupy, social life should never be put on the sideline. Instead, a clever means of separating one from the other should be sought out and applied.
As an entrepreneur who has found himself in this situation, I feel the need to share with you the means by which I managed to handle both successfully.
In this century when technology renders us accessible round the clock, most leaders’ duties fly on one social media platform or the other. While that is such a nice way to reach a wider audience and all, it is important to note that social activities also go down on those platforms (except a limited few). So, after you’ve painted your Facebook timeline with professional advice and the likes, where do you run when you want to loosen up a little? It’s even worse with those who turn all their social media platforms to online offices entirely.
Being a leader, I sometimes feared to air social opinions on social media because I thought that people who have knowledge of my professional side may disapprove of such opinion, as they know me to be a conveyer of professional opinions. That’s when I saw the need to balance my professional and social life which led me to do the following;
Use Different Social Media Accounts For Different Purposes:
I was so obsessed with my work that all my social media platforms spoke only about my job, products, and services. It sure got me the required result. But I soon discovered that I had no social life which I seriously needed to be complete. The only idea that popped up in my mind was to clone those social media platforms; only that the cloned versions served as my personal space where I performed a little bit of everything unprofessional.
Start And Stop Work At Designated Times Each Day:
If your job is the kind that begins anytime and ends anytime, I’m afraid you might never balance up your professional and social life.
Leaders work with time.
For such people with no set work hours, you just have to set daily work time for yourself and stick to it. If your firm shuts you out of such privileges, you can apply to have one or two days off per week to engage in non-work-related activities. Your employer should understand the need for this. Like they say, “all work without play makes you a dull person.”
You Can Take Your Private Life Offline Altogether:
In some cases, operating separate social media accounts for work life and social life could put you out of having a dual identity which could be mistaken for hypocrisy by some folks. So, why not just take your social life offline altogether? You can make your online platforms only contain info that is not personal while every social and personal affair goes down off the media. That’s leaders’ strategy.
Occasionally Fuse Your Social Life Into Your Professional Life:
The fact remains that your professional life will place more demand on you. What you need to do is to device means of bringing your social life into your professional life from time to time. For instance, if you work overtime all week long and scarcely have time for your darling, you can bring him/her to the work picnic or get to spend your lunch hour at the park with them frequently. That way, two big birds are killed with a stone.
Have A To-Do List That Informs Your Daily Activities:
Noting down the grounds you hope to cover daily will help guide you on what to do and when to do them. It will help curtail procrastination and keep work from spilling over into social time.
Having a to-do list helps leaders draw the line between professional and social dealings.
If you follow the tips above, you’re sure to maintain a healthy balance between your professional life and your social life.