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DOES BEING A CONSULTANT MEANS HAVING NO PERSONAL LIFE ?  


Siddhant Thakar
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Hello everyone 

I came across some opinions on the Web according to which consultants have no personal life at all. They are overburdened with projects, constant travelling and inhuman work hours. 

I wanted to know about your personal experiences when it comes to this issue and what tactics you use to create a healthy work-life balance?

Looking forward to your opinions.

Thank You

Siddhant Thakar

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management.consultant
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Definitely can have a healthy work life balance but means you need to manage expectations with your team and make slight changes to your routine. 

E.g. The days you know you need to work late, go to the gym during the day. If you have social commitments after work, let your team know in advance. 

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Siddhant Thakar
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Oh okay. Thank you for sharing your opinion. I was wondering as to the number of work hours you have to put in.

What is the average number of work hours per week?

@management-consultant

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management.consultant
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@siddhant-thakar Depends on the client - I do definitely put in more than 40 hours though 🤣 

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Siddhant Thakar
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@management-consultant oh damn. That’s sounds hectic. Thanks for sharing.

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Chet Van D\'Naik
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Hey Siddhant,

This will purely depend on the following three factors:

1. Your Competencies: How good you are at your job. If you are really good, probably you will take a little less effort and time in doing your job. This will get some breathing space and patience to deal with other things

2. Your Boss: This is a no-brainer, if your boss likes you and you are keeping her happy, you should be alright

3. Your Project and Client: This is the most important factor. If your project is a really a tough one, you will have to put in the extra hours to get the desired outcome. If your client is demanding and a cynic about having consultants, then you'll have a tough time in general. 

But overall...

Yes having a work-life balance is the greatest challenge consultants will face. I personally deal with it by having a strict disciplined lifestyle. I work-out(without gym or equipments - so I can train anywhere) and meditate everyday. Do not take any calls post 11:30 at night, and eat very healthy food. 

Hope this helps!

 

 

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Siddhant Thakar
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Thank you, Chet, for sharing the strategies you use to create a healthy work-life balance. It sounds like a great plan.

Although I wanted to know about how you usually schedule your workouts. is it before you leave for work or is it a late evening session?

Looking forward to hearing from you 🙂

@Chet Van D\'Naik

 

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M. Haddad
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In reality Siddhant, consulting means that you can have somehow a cyclical work life balance. It’s better than many other jobs, because it’s not necessarily every day of the week, and it’s not necessarily every month of the year; taking into consideration that scenarios might vary depending on the projects and the context

So it becomes itself a lifestyle if you successfully plan and manage your projects and resources. 

You can always follow some tips for a better work-life balance

  • Accept the situation
  • Balance and broader understanding
  • Set priorities
  • Learn to delegate
  • Use technology
  • Clear boundaries
  • Find happiness in the little things

All the best 🙂 

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Siddhant Thakar
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Thank you so much for providing such beautiful pointers. It really provides a comprehensive set of points that I could use to plan my job better.

I agree with you. Finding happiness is really important, we can only succeed if we have a sense of gratitude.

I am a little confused as to what you meant by "clear boundaries". Could you kindly elaborate on that?

Looking forward to your response 🙂

@mhaddad

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M. Haddad
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@siddhant-thakar

Clear boundaries is something important in order to have a better or a healthier life balance; and this requires proper time management and organisation. 

Myself for example, I always plan ahead so most of my plans/schedule and commitments are almost confirmed 2 months minimum ahead. This way it helps me better plan whatever extra comes during the week including my personal life. To set my own boundaries I treat any personal commitment the same way I commit to a client or project; which means I give it full dedication and disconnect from everything else. Example when I schedule my gym days or hours of the week I treat it the the same way I commit to a meeting and by default it becomes part of my day.

Hope this helps  

All the best 🙂 

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Siddhant Thakar
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@mhaddad that sounds amazing. I agree with you, without the same level of dedication and discipline it’s difficult to succeed. 

I think the way you set your short term goals is great. It must give you a plan and  a mindset for working.  I’ll definitely try implementing it to my schedule. 

Thank you for sharing 😊

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FrankieWeinberg
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It can if you let it get control you! So that's the importance of determining control metrics that work for you. Know where your clients are geograpically (I'm presently 6 hours behind my Southeast Asian clients and 5-6 hours ahead of my East Coast and Central Time U.S. clients, and so for me I know that I can get a break in the middle of the day. I wake up to some emails from Singapore and I want to respond right away, but I also know that it's the middle of the night there when I wake up. So I prioritize working on projects I want to get to my U.S. clients in the morning, then take a break, then work on projects and email responses for Asia. I've adjusted my whole schedule. Go to bed earlier than I used to and and wake up earlier, too. And I've turned off the sound notifications from my phone. I know I'll get to everything, but I need to get to it on my own time, rather than the urgency-need feeling that I get when I get notifications. I always have to have my phone handy (just in case something actually urgent needs immediate attention) and I do wish I could turn it off and go offline some days. But knowing that I'm always "on," I've set clear expectations for when people should typically expect to hear from me right from the start of the relationship. Hope these personal experiences are useful!

 

Frankie W.

frankie@leadingconsultation.com

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Siddhant Thakar
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@frankieweinberg

okay wow! Your schedule seems so well planned out and hectic. I never imagined that having clients from different time zones could create such kind of issues. 

I can understand that being attached to your phone 24/7 is really problematic. Cell phones have become an extended self for us but the tip of replying to each task according to designated times is commendable. 

Thank you so much for sharing these valuables personal strategies. I would definitely try to implement them. These tips were really helpful, I appreciate you taking out the time to write them down 🙂 

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