Having a better work-life balance is probably on many people's resolutions list. Finding and maintaining this balance can be an uphill battle with all of the demands that both have on our time and energy. But there are things we can do to both satisfy our needs to provide a living for ourselves and our families, and also to spend time for ourselves and with our families.
Those who examine workplace culture say that your work-life balance will very much depend on the stage of life you're in. It will differ whether you are single or in a relationship, and whether you have a family or not. Let's look at a few tips for finding that balance and making it work for you:
At first, you'll want to consider these two tips:
a. Give it your all when you work
b. Give it your all when you rest.
These are the key and crucial steps to getting the right work-life balance. Many people worry about work when they are resting. Many people dream of resting when they are working. This makes our brains confused, and our bodies tense. These two principles are the first things to commit to memory.
1. Prioritize your time
You need to take a look at how your time is spent during a day or week, both personally and professionally, and really decide which things take up the biggest priority. You'll need to edit and make adjustments to how your time is spent based on these priorities. Many of us like to wear many different hats, but in order to find the balance you'll need to consider what takes up your time and remove the things that are not important. If working out is an everyday priority for you, keep it. If collecting precious metals is how you relax, keep doing it. If making your bed and folding laundry aren't priorities, see if you can outsource them to someone else.
2. Consider telecommuting
If your workplace allows you to work from home, ask if you can do it a few times a week. Technology is improved enough that you can have all of the tools you need to do your job effectively from almost anywhere. When discussing working from home, you'll want to approach it from the standpoint that it will be beneficial to the overall success of the company. Explain that you can be more productive because you'll have less distractions, or that you'll be able to get more done because you can work during the time you'd normally spend commuting.
3. Turn off your devices
The same technology that allows you to work from home can also be a cruel master. In maintaining the work-life balance, it's necessary for you to turn off your devices from time to time. If you can't turn your devices off, don't attend to every ding or notification that comes through. Plan certain times during the day, like dinner, where your household will be tech free. Make sure you communicate this to those you work with. Setting these rules and sticking to them puts you in control of how you spend your time without being unresponsive.
4. Work hard
For many people, the work day consists of rolling in five minutes late, writing a to do list, browsing Facebook, doing an hour of work, browsing Facebook, lunch, browsing Facebook, another hour of work, more browsing and then half an hour of solid work at about 4.pm. before signing off for the day.
Don't be this person. If you want to be productive, happy and healthy, you need to put in the work. It's not as fun as goofing off, but you'll be more respected, more productive, and you'll appreciate your time off a lot more. Also, if you're a workhorse normally, people at your work will not begrudge you time off.
5. It's all about the long term
Everything you do should be an investment in the future. Retirement. Loving life. If you really want to find a work life balance that suits you, you need to work out what you want out of life. If you want a holiday somewhere sunny, then work towards it. You'll get satisfaction from achieving your goal. Put away money and invest. Then the money works for you. You'll be working less and making more money, whilst enjoying things you dreamed of years back.