Work-life balance: How to achieve it?

It is challenging to achieve a balance between professional and personal lives but it is necessary. Many times work takes precedence over all other things in our lives. People’s desire to succeed professionally may push their well-being aside. Developing a harmonious balance between work and life is crucial for improving not only our emotional, mental and physical wellbeing but is also significant for the career. Here are some ways of creating a better work-life balance.

1. Remember there is no such thing as a perfect work-life balance

When you consider the phrase work-life balance, you will imagine a more productive day at the offices where you leave early to spend time with family and friends. Although this may read as an ideal scenario, it doesn’t always work out that way. Do not try for a perfect schedule rather, strive for a more realistic one. Many times you will have to concentrate more on work while on other days you will have more energy and time to pursue your hobbies, such as indoor gardening, and spend time with family. All you need for this hobby is to get together with your loved ones and set up an indoor grow tent to help your plants grow. Keep in mind that this balance is to be achieved over time and not every day. It is significant to stay constantly accessible and fluid in terms of your priorities and goals.

2. Find something you love

Even though work is a necessary societal norm, there is no need to restrain your career. When you hate the work you are doing, you will never be happy and that is a fact. Although it is not expected that you love everything about your work, it must be sufficiently exciting so that there isn’t a dread to get out of bed every day. Ideally, you need to look for a job you are passionate about and would not mind doing for free. In case the job is draining you away and you are finding it difficult to do some of the things you like to do away from work, you can safely say there is something wrong. You are possibly working in a toxic atmosphere, or working for a toxic employer, or doing work you do not enjoy doing. In all these cases it is a good idea to find another job.

3. Keep your health on top priority

Your main concern at all times should be your emotional, mental, and physical health. If you are struggling with depression and anxiety, and you are looking to get therapy for it, you have to fit in these sessions within your schedule, even when you need to leave your work early or bunk the evening French class. Sometimes you are battling chronic sickness. Do not be afraid to report sick during a rough period. If you overwork, it prevents you from becoming better and as a result, you will end up taking even more days off from work. Keeping health as a top priority makes you a better person and a better employee both. You will not miss work as much and when you are working you will be a more productive and happy person. There is no need to take on any radical or difficult activities. This may just involve performing daily meditation or light exercise.

4. Set work hours and boundaries

You need to have boundaries for yourself and your colleagues to avoid burnout. As you are leaving the office try not to think about the upcoming projects or answering the pressing company emails. Try to have a separate phone and computer for work. This allows you to shut off the instrument when you have clocked out. In case that is not possible, try and use different email ids, browsers, or filters for personal and work platforms. You can also consider using tools that can make your work simpler and quicker to complete. For instance, you may take the documents and convert them from Word to PDF for faster transfer. You also need to set specific work hours whether you are working from home or from anywhere else. You need to decide when you are going to work and when you will stop.

Conclusion

Those who are successful in maintaining the right balance many times point to flexible work schedules. This fact has been confirmed in several surveys over the years. When employers allow workers to perform their activities with more flexibility, they have benefitted from the exercise.

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