Posted on June 27, 2017 by Kim Mead

In our final instalment, Sarah, Margaret, Rob and Nick pass on their words of wisdom for maintaining a good work-life balance.

Sarah Cleland-Smith

“Managing expectations is key – if you are out of the office or unavailable at a time that customers would expect you to be at work then make sure an out of office is set on your e-mail and/or phone if necessary. If I am working but know I won’t be able to check e-mails all day I put an out of office on letting people know this and tell them to call my mobile if it is urgent. That way I don’t stress about checking e-mails for that period of time; the client knows not to expect a response until the following day and, if they need one sooner, they know to call me or one of my colleagues.

Time for yourself is also key, doing whatever it is that makes you happy and relaxed. It is different for everybody. I am happy when I give myself time without my phone and go and do some exercise. Sometimes if I am tired I will give myself an hour reading a book with no interruptions. ‘Me’ time is essential, not an indulgence, for me it is necessary to stay happy and productive.”

Nick Sadler

“I make an effort to try and go out of the office for lunch when I have lots on; otherwise I can literally end up sitting at my desk for 9 hours straight!”

Rob Clarke

“I don’t really have anything specific which keeps me in check in relation to a work-life balance but the following all play a part – My son, my family, exploring new areas/visiting new places and exercise.”

Margaret Hamya

“I always try to maintain a to do list on daily basis which is flexible and encourage regular exercise, even if it’s just stepping away from my computer for a few minutes.”