Work-life balance is an important aspect of a positive work environment. Maintaining work-life balance helps reduce stress and can prevent burnout in the workplace.
For many workers chronic stress is one of the most common health issues. The coupling of increased workloads with technology that keeps us constantly connected to our jobs finds an increasing number of workers feeling overwhelmed, discouraged, and drained.
Achieving a healthy work-life balance requires managing your life in sustainable ways. Here are 7 ideas to help you keep the energy flowing while ensuring you’re staying healthy in mind and body.
1. Track Your Time
Analyzing your present situation is the start to achieving a balanced life. Keep a list of everything you do for one week, including work-related and personal activities. This will serve as an eye-opener, helping you understand how you’re using – and losing – your time.
2. Determine Your Priorities
Think about what’s important to you – and make a list of your top priorities at work and at home. Then analyze what you’ve come up with by asking yourself: What do I need to start doing? Stop doing? Continue doing? Do more of? Do less of? Do differently?
3. Plan your Schedule
You have one life, so have one date planner. Whether paper or electronic, this is the tool you can use to turn your priorities into reality. Set aside a few minutes at the beginning of each day (or the night before) to plan your tasks and activities for the day ahead.
4. Establish Boundaries
Set fair and realistic limits on what you can do at work and at home. Clearly communicate these to your supervisor, coworkers, and family. For example, you might decide to not work late on certain days unless there’s a crisis. Additionally, set aside a time at home where you stop checking or responding to work-related communications.
5. Take Care of your Health
Exercise for 30 minutes at least five times per week and sleep a minimum of seven hours per night. While you may not think you have time to add exercise and extra sleep to your day, these practices relieve stress, raise your energy level, improve mental clarity, and make you a happier, more engaged and productive person.
6. Ask for Help!
If you’re overwhelmed at work, shed the superhero image and explain your situation to your boss or supervisor. Long-term stressful work situations can usually be alleviated, but it will take some assertiveness on your part to raise the flag before you drown in projects.
7. Leave Work at Work
Develop a mental on-off switch between work and home. This might mean listening to music during your evening commute, exercising at the gym, or meeting with a friend or significant other. Scheduling such activities immediately following your normal work hours prevents you from spending that extra thirty minutes at the office which can turn into several hours.
The Final Word
Each person must find their own way for combining career, relationships, and personal care. The good news is, you can have a successful professional career and a fulfilling personal life. Take some time to implement the above strategies, and you’ll be on the road to achieving a positive work-life balance.
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