“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities”
- Stephen Covey
Having balance in your professional and personal life is essential. Today, we’ll discuss strategies on how to improve your work-life balance and overcome the challenges.
Most of the time, your work takes the top spot over everything else in your life. The desire to succeed in your career or in your business can push you to set aside your own well-being. Achieving a healthy balance between your work and your personal life can be difficult, but it is all the more necessary during this time of economic stagnation and uncertainty.
What is work-life balance, and why is it important?
One of the big reasons why work-life balance is important is for your own happiness and fulfillment. Balance is about feeling good about yourself and being in control of your life and career path. In short, work-life balance is the state of equilibrium where a person equally prioritizes the demands of one's career and the demands of one's personal life.
Some of the common reasons that lead to a poor work-life balance include:
• Piled up work and increased responsibilities.
• Staying at the office and working longer hours.
• Having children and Increased responsibilities at home
A good work-life balance, has numerous positive effects, including less stress, a lower risk of burnout and a greater sense of well-being.
Achieve that Work-Life Balance
For you to achieve a healthy work-life balance, you need to start managing your work and personal life in a sustainable way.
Here are some ways to create a better work-life balance that will keep your energy flowing, your mind and body healthy and you happy and content.
Define Your Top Priorities
Without clear priorities, it’s difficult to manage your time and make progress on your goals. You might even be overwhelming yourself by trying to take on too many responsibilities. Take some time reflecting on what is important to you and create a list of your top priorities at work and at home.
Ask yourself this questions:
- What do I need to start doing?
- Why do I need to start it?
- What are the things I need to stop and continue doing?
You accomplish your goals when you are able to determine your priorities. Once you’re clear on your top priorities, you will be able to make better decisions that will guide you to that work-life balance you’re working on.
The Boundaries You Need to Establish
With technology, flexible work, and ever-changing workplaces, setting healthy boundaries at work and your personal life is more difficult than ever before. You need to set a limit on what you will and will not do in your office and at home.
Start by avoiding unnecessary conversations with your friends or family when you’re at work and you have important stuff to do and set a time at home during which you will not check or respond to work-related emails or voice mails.
Leave Work at Work
Set boundaries for yourself and your colleagues to avoid burnout. When you leave the office, avoid thinking about upcoming projects or answering company emails. Have mental clarity about what needs to get done and when you will do it.
Start to schedule activities immediately following your normal work hours to prevent you from spending too much time in your office. Those extra few minutes you spend working can lead to several more hours which you can use to run errands, go to the gym, do personal appointments or be with your family.
Set Your Goals
We talked earlier about creating a list of your top priorities, this time turn that list into concrete and measurable goals. Block time in your schedule for the activities you need to do. There are plenty of scheduling and reminder apps you can use so you don’t miss any of those priorities.
Track Your Time
As a starter, keep a time log of everything you do and accomplish for a week, this includes work -related and personal activities. Having the information of what you’ve accomplished will help you understand how you are using and where you are losing time. Analyzing your present situation is the beginning of achieving a balanced life.
The process of getting that healthy work-life balance is not easy. It needs continuous effort and dedication to achieve. But those who commit themselves to this quest reap enormous health and quality-of-life benefits.
It is possible to have a successful professional career and a fulfilling personal life. Take control of your work. Be proactive with your time. Get a (balanced) life.
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About the writer: Graduate with Diploma in Information Technology and Business Administration major in marketing & management. Former teacher for secondary and tertiary level. Former Trainer for Medicare customer support John used to write articles for Houston Real Estate investing and market.