5 Ways to Achieve a Better Work/Life Balance
For many workers, the concept of a work-life balance seems to be an unattainable and unrealistic option. However, it’s easier to achieve than you may think. Work-life balance essentially refers to the equal division of one's time and focus between working and family or leisure activities. For many it’s become second nature to work extra hours daily, constantly being plugged into technology and making little time for things they enjoy. What if there was a different way of working? A way which complimented your lifestyle? Well, the good news is - there is! Creating a better work-life balance requires some initial changes, which can have a huge impact on your overall wellbeing. If you are considering taking a step towards a more balanced approach to work, here are five ways you can get started.
“The world will not collapse if you have left a few items unchecked on your to-do list for the day. You can’t pour from an empty cup, and you need to ensure that you are taking care of yourself first and foremost.”
The Power of Rest
Never underestimate the power that rest has. For something so essential to our wellbeing, many forgo rest, instead opting for pulling all-nighters to meet deadlines or filling up downtime with extra work tasks or household chores. Instead of constantly feeling the need to be on-the-go - just take a deep breath and relax! When you have done a day’s work, let it go, rest and go back to it again tomorrow. The world will not collapse if you have left a few items unchecked on your to-do list for the day. You can’t pour from an empty cup, and you need to ensure that you are taking care of yourself first and foremost.
Where You Live Makes a Difference
Do you find yourself living in a big city, even though it makes you feel claustrophobic and burnt out? Do you long to move back to your hometown and live near your family and friends? Whatever your living situation is, if you find that it is making your predominantly unhappy, it may be time to explore other options. Living somewhere that doesn’t bring you joy, or align with your lifestyle can wreak havoc on your mental health and overall happiness. If work opportunities are limited in the area you would like to live in, remote working is now a viable option for many employees and one which your employer may be open to.
“By getting out of the house, you are separating your work and home life, which for many is essential. You will find that even one day working outside of the office, will help you to recharge.”
Explore Working Outside of the Office
For some, having to work from their company’s office 5 days a week is what hinders achieving a work-life balance. Long commutes, office drama and the pressure to stay late can all leave you feeling burnt out pretty quickly. Co-working spaces offer an alternative to the corporate office, allowing for more autonomy over your time and a more relaxed and inviting environment to work from. If your boss doesn’t mind you working from home once or twice a week - why not try out a co-working space? By getting out of the house, you are separating your work and home life, which for many is essential. You will find that even one day working outside of the office, will help you to recharge.
Manage Your Energy
Instead of focusing on how many tasks you can cram into your work hours, focus on managing your energy instead. Tune into when you feel you're most energised in the day and when you feel your energy dipping. Plan out your daily tasks accordingly, completing your most important when your energy is peaking and leaving your easier admin tasks for when your energy is dwindling. You will find that by working this way, you will not only be more productive, but it will help to avoid burn out.
Instead of focusing on how many tasks you can cram into your work hours, focus on managing your energy instead.
Self-care can look different for everyone. For some it’s playing a round of golf, for some, it's making their favourite food and spending the evening in front of Netflix. Whatever self-care looks like for you, you must make it a priority in your life. Self-care is doing things that bring you joy, and that is what life is all about. Acts of self-care recharge your batteries and enable you to be able to continue being productive at work. If you find it difficult to find time for you, start scheduling your favourite activities- just as you would with an important work meeting. Looking after number one should always be top on your to-do-list!