People frequently espouse the importance of a healthy work-life balance, but it can be hard to know how to achieve such an equilibrium. Groom & Style have assembled a useful in-depth guide on the subject, and we’ve put together some quick-fire tips on how you can manage your time better.
Having more balance in your life can lead you to be happier, healthier, and more productive. Following these tips can help you realize that goal.
Modern technology makes it incredibly easy to stay connected with the world no matter where you are. This connectivity can be incredibly useful, but it often means that work can infringe on your personal life at any time.
You should take time every day where you’re away from your phone, laptop, or another device. You can focus on other important tasks without the constant worry that a colleague or customer will interrupt it.
2. Scheduled Downtime
Highly productive people are excellent at scheduling their time. Doing so can keep you focused and more productive. However, you should also factor in some off-time when you’re making a schedule.
This will mean you won’t feel guilty about time out from work, and also says you have a designated time to relax.
An exercise such as meditation can further help you to de-stress and gives you more focus when you do go back to work.
3. Focus on Finances
Part of your downtime should reflect your hobbies and interests, but there are also other parts of life outside of work that need attention. Having your finances in order is an excellent way of removing stress and knowing where you stand financially.
Whether it’s setting a budget, or working on saving money on insurance and services, these are necessary tasks that make your job worthwhile. You’ll be able to see where your hard-earned cash is going and work towards savings goals for the future.
It’s easy to get so wrapped up in work that you barely have time to eat, let alone exercise. This inactivity can become an unhealthy habit, mainly if you resort to eating junk food to get by. Many health benefits come from regular physical exercise.
One positive of regular exercise is that it can make you feel more energetic, which goes a long way towards helping you accomplish things. What it also does, however, is force you to step away from work for a while, which can give you time to clear your thoughts.
You may feel like you need to oversee every aspect of your work and home life, but delegating responsibilities is an excellent way of striking a healthier work-life balance.
Don’t be afraid of saying ‘no’ to projects that are beyond your remit at work, or working with your colleagues to equitably share out responsibility.
The same goes for at home; if you share a space with a partner and/or children, ensure that everyone is pulling their weight when it comes to chores.
6. Strive for Excellence, Not Perfection
Successful people generally tend to start out as perfectionists. The finer details are undoubtedly important, as is doing a good job, but perfectionism can be exhausting.
As your life gets busier, with multiple elements demanding attention, striving for perfection becomes harder. Instead, try and produce excellent work instead. You’ll still be producing high-quality work, but you won’t burn out in the search for the ideal of ‘perfect.’
7. Create Boundaries
This point relates somewhat to the above one; you need to let people know where your boundaries lie. Work doesn’t own you, so make sure you push back to any unreasonable requests. Similarly, you may feel the need for some alone time at home and should communicate that.
Having such boundaries will keep work from spilling over into your personal life too much.
8. Learn to Love Lists
Lists are a useful tool in many situations. They can help you outline your goals and objectives, weigh up the pros and cons of a decision, and keep track of essential elements in your life. All of these can help with juggling your home and work life, but there’s another use too.
Keep track of the significant time hogs in your life, whether that’s tasks, people, or places. You can soon identify what or who is taking up disproportionate amounts of your time. With that understanding, you can start planning your days better to account for those elements, and avoid them if necessary.
9. Get Away
The very thought of being away from the office for a week or two may be enough to make you feel anxious. This is a good sign that you’re overdoing it at work. Taking a chunk of time out for a holiday can be a lifesaver. Turn off your work emails and go to somewhere new or relaxing.
The distance will allow you some perspective on your work-life balance and will give you time to relax and unwind. It also gives you time to start planning out for a more equally distributed schedule, using many of the tips we’ve already highlighted. Going,
10. Take Small Steps
It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to shift your work-life balance dramatically overnight. It’s a process that takes some time and effort. Identifying that your life is out of kilter is the first step to making changes.
From there, you’ll need to consider ways in which you can improve your situation. These don’t have to be major overhauls, which can be stressful in themselves. Instead, look for small changes that you can make gradually. It will be much easier to manage a gentle transition.
Reward yourself for the small victories, and start to enjoy your newly found home life.
Implementing just a few of these tips can make a massive difference to your work-life balance. Every job comes with its pressures and demands, but it’s how we deal with those that make the difference.
Focus on what’s important to you, and stand firm when it comes to your time. The changes you make will likely be gradual ones, but make sure you recognize them for what they are; progress towards a more balanced life.