Why You Need Better Work-Life Balance and How to Make It Happen
In a world where workaholism is encouraged and over-glorified, striking that elusive balance between work and life has become increasingly more difficult. Work-life balance is something of a myth these days—the unicorn of the adult world—as employees are rewarded for working extra hours, coming in on days off, working from home at night, and never, ever, ever just shutting down and checking out. And while tenacity and hard work have their places in the professional world, the truth is…
…no one ever lied in their death bed and thought, “I’m so glad I worked really, really hard for most of my adult life.”
Keeping future regrets at bay is only one benefit of achieving work-life balance. When our work, home, and personal lives are in check, we prevent ourselves from burning out, ensure that the various areas of our lives get the attention they deserve, and even improve our physical health…imagine leaving work early enough to actually get to the gym—on a regular basis!!
Of course, achieving work-life balance isn’t as easy as snapping our fingers and saying, Okay, I’m balanced now. You’ve made a habit out of workaholism. Now you have to break that bad habit and form new, healthy, more balanced habits.
Here are 7 tips to achieving work-life balance:
- Take advantage of your company’s policies. Does your company offer flextime, or the opportunity to work from home? If you’re a hard worker and a strong performer, your company will be more likely to negotiate a work-from-home arrangement, which could save you hours of time commuting to and from the office…hours that can be used to your personal benefit.
- Take time for family issues. If you are going to be unavailable for a few hours during the day or over a weekend because you have family stuff going on, just let your colleagues know. Chances are they’ll support you in whatever you’re dealing with, and you’ll be able to focus fully on your family when they need it most.
- Know when to turn off technology. Technology can make it easier to work from home, which is a good thing…and a bad thing. Turn off technology when it no longer serves your day, for example, when you’re home at night spending time with your spouse or children.
- It’s okay to say no. Stop taking on responsibilities out of guilt. It’s okay to decline participating in the PTA bake sale, or that new work committee. If it doesn’t bring you joy, then just say no.
- Stop feeling guilty. No one is perfect. From time to time, you’re going to miss a dance recital or an office party or a soccer game or a colleague’s birthday. And it’s okay. Don’t beat yourself up about it.
- Be messier. Perfectly made beds, adorned with a gaggle of throw pillows arranged oh-so-neatly, are not an indicating of your success in life. Let that bed go unmade for a day, or deal with the dust on top of your ceiling fan another day. Instead, go enjoy your life a little bit more.
- Hold sacred your personal time. Even if your personal time is limited to the time you spend in your car commuting, or riding the subway, or walking through that park…allow yourself to check out, unwind, turn off the technology and tune out. Having these little pockets of personal time are key to preventing burnout.
Creating new habits takes time, commitment and patience. Having a coach to help you set goals, hold you accountable, and support you with helpful tools and techniques for time management can help ensure your success. And, in this case, success means living a more rewarding, fulfilling and enriching life.
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