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We are living in a more connected, faster and busier world than ever before – and that busyness carries over into our work lives. While it’s great to always be on the move, there is the very real need for a balance between our work lives and our home lives. Here’s how technology can help you find – and maintain – a solid work-life balance.

Ways to improve your work-life balance

Finding that all-important work-life balance isn’t necessarily about removing parts of your life or cutting things out. Instead, there are plenty of ways where adding things to your life can actually improve that balance and help you improve your time management.

Mobile apps that help you save time

Apps are a great starting point for streamlining and organising your life.

For example, do you find the commute a punish after a 9-5 day? Popular – and free! – apps like Google Maps or Beat the Traffic can help you find faster ways to and from your business, with live updates so you can avoid peak-hour traffic. It may not sound like much, but with studies showing that lengthy commutes (45 minutes or more) can adversely affect personal relationships, it’s something to consider.

Similarly, you can streamline your daily life by improving your sleeping patterns with an app or even hiring freelancers to take care of the mundane and time-consuming jobs around the home or office.

No matter how crammed your life gets, there’s probably an app that can help you out.

Get a productivity boost

Perhaps the best use of technology for any small business owner is productivity apps. ‘Technology’ and ‘productivity’ may not sound like they go together, but you might be surprised by how much time you free up with productivity-boosting apps like Evernote and Google Drive. The former is an intricate to-do list that syncs all your notes, tasks and general reminders so you are always on top of what needs doing. Google Drive is a super-helpful business tool that lets you create documents in the Microsoft Office suite, share it with your colleagues and employees, and edit and change whatever you need, whenever you need it – all while you’re on the go.

When you need something more specific to your business, it’s worth investigating workforce management tools to improve how you run your company and service your clients.

Help your team help you

Speaking of improving your business, it all starts with your employees. Your team is the beating heart of your business, so it makes sense that you should investigate how technology can help them have better working lives and upskill at their jobs – which will subsequently improve your work-life balance and team culture.

Whether it’s rostering software to automate schedules and assist employees with leave management, or finding an app that streamlines time and attendance in a few easy steps, there isn’t much that can’t be helped by modern technology. Tasking software will also help you manage employee tasks and make it easier and less stressful to keep on top of the whole picture!

Save money

Cash flow is king in small business, but it can also be the cause of a lot of stress! That’s why technology is so important in saving businesses money. Sometimes it’s easy for small business owners to spend too much time budgeting, balancing the books and finding new ways to save a few dollars each month – but those jobs don’t have to be a constant headache. Instead, budgeting apps can alleviate the worries of time-strapped small business owners so they can focus on what’s really important: supporting their team and servicing their clientele.

There’s no substitute for hard work when it comes to running a successful small business, but thanks to technology solving common issues, there’s an app ready to help at the touch of a button. The key is using them to your advantage so you can maintain a good work-life balance.

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