“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life”
In today’s society, we all strive to keep a healthy work life balance between being a hardworking employee when we’re at work and a good partner, friend and parent when we’re at home. Yet, it often feels impossible to manage all of the office deadlines, meetings with clients, taking care of yourself and family, and various errands we have to deal with on a daily basis. If your life gets out of balance it causes you an enormous amount of stress resulting in the feeling of unhappiness and insecurity to sink in and dictate the remainder of your precious life.
So how do you manage a good work-life balance?
Conducting my own research, I’ve gathered some of the best advice on maintaining a healthy work-life balance by incorporating them into my own personal life. Read the tips below, and begin implementing them today.
- Set your priorities:
Ever wondered how Kings and Queens, politicians and actors go about their lives! We have all been given 24 hours in a day. When we make time for the important aspect that govern our lives, that is when we often derive the most sense of balance.
Here are some other tips for setting work priorities and boundaries in your life:
- Hard as it may sound, give yourself a time limit on checking your personal e-mail or Facebook account during the day
- Take a lunch break, even if it’s just a short walk around the block
- Keep a small notepad nearby to write down a list of reminders
- Create a “deadline” calendar to keep track of your to-do list
- Map out your weekly priorities list and create a daily action plan
- Spend 15 minutes a day by organizing yourself
- Make it a point of getting up and stretching every 15 minutes. It will help you become clearer, more focused and more productive.
A simple quote “Actions expresses priorities” by Mahatma Gandhi clearly reflects how tasks can bring about a change in our lives.
- Manage Stress:
Whether in school or at work, you may have encountered instances when pressure and stress begins to build, resulting in a change in your performance. To help restore peace to your life, consider healthy ways to manage stress. Start with the basics, such as having a good night’s rest, getting organized, setting priorities and delegating tasks. Give yourself permission to take a break when you need one by going for a walk. Share a good laugh with an old friend. And lastly, before retiring to your bed, consider planning the next day with a to-do list for you to follow.
To sum up on how to manage stress, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer says, “Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.”
- Give yourself a break
As much as work, health, and relationships take priority in your life, it is also important to schedule time for your own renewal. “You need to find time to relax so that you can show up at work as your best self” explains Rhodes. Take at least 1 hour of uninterrupted “you time” practicing yoga or meditating, reading a novel of your choice, listening to music and even watching TV are great ways to give yourself a break. It will do wonders for your well-being, your relationships and your career will benefit too.
- Spend quality time with your loved ones
Along with scheduling time to relax, you need to find time to spend with others, whether it’s with your partner, kids, parents or friends. It’s a good idea to make rules for this quality time. When you’re at home with your family avoid checking or responding to work-related emails, put your work devices away or just switch them off for a couple of hours and enjoy the special moments with your loved ones.
- Set boundaries and learn the art to say NO
Part of life is when decision-making becomes imperative to achieving the best result. Allowing your instincts to guide you in carrying out multiple tasks can certainly catch the eye of your supervisor on how efficient you are but can also negatively impact the work you engaged in resulting in poor quality or lack of creativity. In order to perform at your peat potential, you don’t have to take on every task that comes along, rather, prioritize your work accordingly. There will be instances when your colleagues will request favors from you in completing their assignment. Although you would not want to create any animosity between yourself and your colleague by saying ‘No’ directly, the best instance would be to politely inform them on the nature of your assignment and the urgency of completing it.
- Draw a line between home and work
If you are rushed and overloaded, what can happen – and it is very common – is that while you are at work, you worry about things at home and when you’re at home, you’re preoccupied with work. Crazy, isn’t it? It simply falls under the human nature category, so the best solution to this would be to avoid leaving your problems at your work and vice versa.
- Take a vacation
Yes you read that correctly. You need to take time off to recharge, revive and not burn out. Let your manager, colleagues and clients know you’ll be off the clock and off the grid. In addition, set an out-of-office message to let your folks know you won’t be answering emails or phone calls while you’re on vacation.
And last but not the least, the best solution to this would be to avoid bringing your problems home from work and vice versa.
- Do What you Love
Make time for something you love – other than work – and give it the time it deserves. It will energize and refresh you, and enable you to nurture the creative thought that is essential to every business owner.
the best solution to this would be to avoid bringing your problems home from work and vice versa.
Balance, love, share!