Having a good work-life balance is good for both your physical and mental health. However, overwhelming job responsibilities can often steal that balance away. When that happens, both our work and home life can suffer unwanted consequences.
So, how can you achieve life balance and still excel at your job?
1. Avoid checking your work emails outside of work hours. While in the office or telecommuting you’ll probably check your work emails often to ensure that any meetings and deadlines are met. However, checking them when you’re off work allows your work life to encroach on your home life.
- Set boundaries with yourself and your work colleagues regarding emails, so that you can take care of work communications only while at work.
2. Learn to say no. You may love your job, but it shouldn’t define who you are. It’s usually unnecessary to be available to your boss 24/7. We all need balance, and there is nothing wrong with saying no. Especially outside of your allotted work hours.
3. Work smarter, not harder. Instead of working all hours of the day, with very little rest, work smarter. You’ll actually get more done in a shorter period of time.
- Prioritize important tasks and do these tasks first each day. This way, the most important things are out of the way.
- Avoid unproductive activities, such as unstructured meetings or constantly checking your social media accounts.
- Create (and use) a daily to-do list. It provides direction and a plan to get things done.
4. Leave work at work. This may be hard, and may not always be possible, but when you clock out for the day, make a mental note that work has finished.
- Perhaps take a moment to acknowledge that work has finished by stopping and taking a breath before arriving home. The reason for this is to ensure that you are not bringing the work and any stress associated with it home.
5. You don’t need to be perfect. Have you ever been on your way out of the office, only to turn back around because you thought of a way to make a report or task perfect? Stop doing that! It pays to remind yourself that you and your work are good enough.
6. Focus on things outside work. For some of you, you see work as your life, but what happens if one day you lose your job? Where does that leave you? It may be a scary thought, but it’s important to have a life outside work.
- Develop some hobbies that interest you. Spending time doing something that you love reduces stress and can add to your overall well-being.
Finding the balance between work and your home life can be difficult, but if you don’t do it, no one else will. What are you waiting for?
We’re rooting for you!
Avery and Brian