Work life balance is one of the most important things in life. As works consumes the majority of our days, we tend to lose sight of other important and critical aspects to life, like family and personal time to relax. You shouldn’t be waiting until your one, two week vacation a year to unwind – you might not make it to that vacation alive (kidding, but not really). Stress builds easily and can fly very under the radar. When we start feeling more tired, more anxiety, more illness, the responsible factor alone could be stress. Whether work is stressing you out or it isn’t, it’s still very crucial to have a life outside of it.
When you leave the office you need to leave work there, too. We spend more time working our nine to five jobs than we do at home and with our family, and that alone says something important. There needs to be a clear separation between the two, and time at home needs to be spent focusing on family relationships. This also ends up benefiting your career, as it makes that time you have at work more essential and your focus more acute.
Here are some tips to having a good work life balance:
- Set daily goals. It’s encouraging to have a sense of achievement at the end of each day
- Crush procrastination by setting task goals. A walk, coffee, snack break, etc. at the end of an important task can give you more incentive to get it finished
- Take breaks, even if that isn’t your choice of a reward. It’s important to take 5 and get your blood flowing and revitalized
- Listen to music while you work. It improves concentration, encourages creativity, and reduces stress.
- Make yourself unavailable at home. It’s hard to do, but getting rid of those devices that are critical to your career while you’re at home is a must.
- Exercise. This is one of the hardest things to make time for in a work-driven life. After a long day at work it’s easy to want to sit on the couch and potato, but exercise has critical health benefits that are important to your personal life and your career.
- Learn to say no. When your schedule is full and you’re feeling backed up and stressed, say no. It’s that simple.
- Be honest about your stress. Let your boss know and your colleagues, and find a solution rather than complain about the problem.
How do you keep your work life balanced?