It can be difficult to strike a good work/life balance. Doing so however is extremely important because maintaining such a balance will ensure that you don’t neglect certain elements of your life. It’s all too easy to let work quickly take over. You need to know when to relax and be reminded of the things in your life that really matter!
There are, however, ways you can ensure that you don’t get too consumed by your work (however important it may be!).
1. Stay focused
When you’re at work it can be easy to think about things going on at home and vice versa. The key is to focus your energy on the task that you are doing at that moment and avoid distractions. Therefore if you’re at home focus on your family life. Meanwhile your job should be your main focus when you’re actually working.
2. Establish boundaries
Having a phone means that you can be reachable at any time and in any place. Create boundaries to ensure that your phone does not conflict with your life. If you are out with family turn it off or put it on silent. When you are at work ask friends and family to only interrupt you if it’s important.
3. Create a schedule
Creating a schedule is extremely important. It will allow you the opportunity to plan something in your day that you can actually look forward to. Give yourself an hour to go for a walk, read a book, get coffee etc.
4. Sort out any lifestyle issues
Do you have any issues with your lifestyle? Do you get enough sleep? Do you eat badly and not get enough exercise? These problems can add to the lack of balance in your life and must be confronted head on. Solving them will not only allow you to concentrate on the important stuff but also help you feel better about yourself.
5. Know your limits
If you are constantly working long hours you will feel more tired and less enthusiastic when you come home. Don’t take on too many tasks at once and take time out in your day to relax. Remember to understand that your working hours are the limits of your work life.
6. Arrange a holiday
Booking a holiday is very important because it gives you something to look forward to and gives you the chance to get away from your job for a week or so and spend time with your family and/or friends.
7. Use support from others
You don’t have to face your problems on your own. Talk to your partner and friends about any issues that you think you have with your work and life balance. You might be surprised by how helpful their advice can be and this will ensure that both you and they are happy with any arrangements.
8. Be productive
Use your time wisely. Tasks that are done properly will give you a real sense of achievement and allow you to spend less time sorting out mistakes and more time with your family.
9. Don’t worry so much
Worrying all the time can lead to further problems. Simply focus on things that you can solve now and do your best. The world can ask no more than this.
10. Ensure that you have the energy