If by any chance you’re finding very challenging to juggle the demands of your job and the rest of your life, you’re not alone. How to achieve healthy work-life balance and what does it even mean?
The interest and demand for work-life balance topic from all sorts of professions (managers, sales people, employees) has never been higher. The pressures and demands between work and personal life are blurred. When we speak of it, you must be aware that there is no exact definition of the therm and therefore no one size fit solution.
Your individual work-life balance will vary over time, often on a daily basis. Why? Because life by it’s nature is very fluid and complex. Oversimplified approach like equal balance of hours for your various work and personal activities is unrealistic. Your right balance for today will probably be different tomorrow. The right balance when you are single will be different when you marry and have children. It’s different when you start a new career versus when you are nearing retirement. There is no perfect, one-size fits. Balance is different for each of us, because we all have different priorities and different lives.
Quality and fullfillment
However, we all do strive to balance the same two aspects of our lives, our daily achievements and enjoyment. Both of them are very important for the quality and fullfillment of our lives. For instance at work you can create your work-life balance by making sure you not only achieve, but also reflect the joy of the job. Ask yourself now, when was the last time you achieved and enjoyed something at work? What about achieved and enjoyed with your family or your friends? And how about achieving and enjoying something just for yourself. These questions should help you to become more aware of your priorities. Meaningful daily achievement and enjoyment in each of our four life segments (work, family, friends, self) should always be in the main focus.
Some tips and tricks
While you are at work there are certain things you can do to make more things done efficiently. For instance, set manageable goals each day. Be realistic about workloads and deadlines, make a “to do” list. Take care of important tasks first. Ask for help when necessary. Another thing, research shows that employees who work flexible schedules are more productive. So if you can, ask for flexibility. When you face a big project at work or home, start by dividing it into smaller tasks. Complete the first one before moving on to the next. Give yourself small rewards upon each completion, whether it’s a five minute break or a walk to the park.
Give yourself a break. No one’s perfect! Allow yourself to be human and just do the best you can. Taking a break at work isn’t only acceptable, it’s often encouraged by many employers. Small breaks at work will help you to clear your head. Also it will improve your ability to deal with stress and make better decisions. Listen to your favorite music at work to foster concentration, reduce stress and anxiety, and stimulate creativity. Various studies show the benefits of music in everyday life, including lowered blood pressure.
Make sure your responsibilities at home are evenly distributed and clearly outlined. Do you feel stressed when you glance at your calendar? If you’re overscheduled with activities learn to say, no. Remember to surround yourself with supportive people. Chatting with friends and family can be important to your success and can even improve your health. Treat your body and mind right. Stay active, eat right, exercise and get adequate rest. Recognize the need for some personal time and simply unplug from everything and everybody.
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