Work. Sleep. Eat. Repeat?

Find a better balance with these helpful hacks.

Working harder is not always smarter. Burnout is common among business owners and staff who are pushed to the limits. Ultimately, it’s not good for business or your personal life to be burning the candle at both ends. But how on earth are you expected to fit it all in?!

Here are some useful ways to create a crystal clear line between work and the rest of your life.

  • Draw the line: Switching off at the end of the day requires discipline. When you get home, turn off your notifications (Slack, Facetime, everything!) and make a point of saying to yourself: ‘I’m going home and I’m going to be me.’
  • Prioritise: Write down what you do each day, week, month and how long it takes you. You’d be surprised how many opportunities you’ll find to manage your time better.
  • Set ground rules: It’s way too easy to ditch the gym/friends/family to finish off that ‘last thing’ at work. Make a list of unacceptable personal actions and check it often to make sure you’re respecting your own boundaries.
  • Get your ‘om’ on. Meditating, or stopping to take five deep breaths does wonders for your stress levels. Next time you’re waiting for something (traffic, coffee, a creative idea to emerge), just breathe.
  • Delegate at work AND at home: The more time you spend working ‘on’ your business, the better – so delegate the repetitive, time consuming jobs or the admin/accounts work to other staff members or outsource. Are you spending precious weekend hours doing things you don’t enjoy? Could you hire someone else to take them off your hands?
  • Schedule breaks: Personal life suffers if you don’t make time for it. Schedule in your exercise/relaxation/downtime as if it were another work responsibility. Soon enough it’ll be your favourite ‘appointment’ of the day.
  • Lead by example: Striking the right balance between your work and personal life will inspire your staff. And, research says employees with a good work/life balance are more motivated, productive and satisfied. Win-win!

Business Health Check – August 2019

We are now well in to Q3 for 2019 and it’s time to take a moment to review your business health with your August Business Health Check.

We have put together a quick list of four items to consider this month to ensure your business stays in tip top condition:

  1. Do you have an Environmental Plan for your business? The national goal is for every farm to have one by 2025. Now is the time to plan how you’re going to introduce and maintain more sustainable practices.
  2. Search for networking or training events in your industry over the next six months and book yourself in.
  3. Check your farm’s health and safety practices against the free WorkSafe self-assessment table online.
  4. Interested in being more sustainable at work? Be inspired by the Ballance Farm Environment Award winners.

If you would like to discuss any of these points, we are simply a phone call away: (06) 878 8824.

NZ says Goodbye to Millions of Single-use Plastic Bags

It’s taken 17 years to follow in the footsteps of Bangladesh, the first country to ban single-use plastic bags, but we’re finally there! From 1 July, single-use plastic bags can’t be sold or given away in New Zealand. It’s all part of the Government’s programme to reduce waste and build the foundations for our transition to a ‘circular economy’ where eventually waste will be designed out of the system.

So, what IS a single-use plastic shopping bag?

They’re the plastic bags with handles (made of plastic up to 70 microns in thickness) found at supermarkets, takeaways, and other retailers.

The phase out also applies to heavier boutique-style shopping bags and the ‘emergency’ bags currently offered by some supermarkets as an alternative to a free single-use bag. It includes bags made of degradable plastic (ie, biodegradable, compostable and oxy-degradable) regardless of whether the plastic material is sourced from fossil-fuel, synthetic compounds or from biological sources such as plants.

Which plastic bags are still allowed?

Bin liners, bags for collecting pet waste and barrier bags used when buying meat, fruit and vegetables (unless they have handles).

What can we expect at the checkout?

Manufacturers and retailers have until 1 July to phase out single-use plastic bags completely, or face six-figure fines. Retailers are offering reusable bags, paper shopping bags or even cardboard boxes to help customers adjust. The Government is encouraging shops to move away from any single-use option, including paper.

What can people use instead?

There are loads of different reusable bags on the market, including bags made from heavier-duty plastic, hessian, lightweight nylon, cotton, recycled fabric or jute. Shoppers can also use wheeled trolley bags, backpacks and home-made bags. The trick is remembering them!

6 Ways the NZBN will save you Time and Money

Whatever the size or shape of your business, the New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) will make doing business easier, faster and more professional.

Here’s how:

  • Search the NZBN Register and you’ll have details for all the businesses you deal with at your fingertips.
  • Know your suppliers’ NZBNs and process and pay their accounts more quickly.
  • Using your NZBN means you won’t have to repeat your key details to customers and suppliers.
  • It pre-populates online forms with your information to save time.
  • Always deliver goods to the right place by getting alerts when your customers change their physical address.

More than 675,000 Kiwi businesses have their NZBN, do you? Head to the NZBN website.