Boy, is life a juggling act these days. Just when you think you have it all figured out, life throws in an unexpected curveball and everything’s off-balance.
Yes, this is the nature and beauty of life – no day is the same. But if your juggling act is becoming a little too complicated to handle, it may be time to reassess the number of balls in your kit.
So, if you’re looking to re-establish a sense of work-life balance, here are 7 smart strategies to help a sister out…
Achieve Meaningful Work-Life Balance with These 7 Tips
If you have a habit of leaving for work in the dark and arriving home in the dark (even if it’s not winter!), here we have a problem.
If your weekends are spent answering emails, tidying up Excel spreadsheets or fretting over Monday’s meetings, your work-life balance is out-of-whack. Even if it feels like it isn’t, there are probably areas in your life that are taking strain without you even knowing it.
Most commonly, these areas are your personal relationships and your state of health – the two we tend to take most for granted.
But before you reach a total burnout, here are a few simple tips on how to find balance in life:
1. Work Smarter, Not Harder
This may sound like a cliché one-liner coined by a rich millennial, but there really is some truth behind working smarter, not harder.
You’ll need to take an in-depth look at how you’re actually spending your workday and identify issues that tend to zap your productivity.
Distracted by your phone? Stuck in meetings you don’t really need to be in? It’s time to cut out the distractions and put in the work during work hours, so you don’t have to take it home with you.
Another factor that could be contributing to your major work overload is failing to say ”no” to tasks you simply cannot handle.
We get it, you want to make a good impression and maybe even help out a colleague or two. But if this is detracting from your own work, then it’s time to say ”no” more often.
2. Designate Off-Limit Email Hours
Sure, email is wonderfully convenient and can be accessed from the palm of your hand these days. But sometimes, this type of pervasive access is not all that healthy.
Ease of communication comes at a cost to us all. But if your inbox has become more of a priority than your own downtime, it’s time for a change. The never-ending flow of emails, even if you’re relaxing on the couch, means you never really switch off from work.
Designate yourself an email deadline where email becomes completely off-limits for the day. Whether this is from 6 pm or 9 pm, give yourself the mental break you deserve. When it comes to the weekend, make it from noon right through to the next day.
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Unplug Completely
This is closely related to the above point but has more to do with unplugging completely when you need to. This means cutting yourself off from all forms of technology for a certain amount of time every day.
Instead of scrolling through social media or even listening to a podcast, pack your technology away and tune-in to the world around you, or even a good book.
We live a technologically overloaded world. So giving yourself the time to completely unplug, even for just an hour each day, is a great way to re-energize the mind.
4. Commit to Family and Friends Once a Week
When was the last time you could actually make it to a ladies night dinner during the week? Or when was the last time you had enough energy over the weekend to entertain your own family?
If you can’t remember the last time you made your relationships a priority, your work-life balance needs to be reassessed.
Make a promise to yourself and those you care about that you will prioritise some quality time with them at least once a week. Set a recurring dinner plan with your girls or a Sunday evening family dinner that you can commit to. This way you have somewhere legitimate and important to be, other than work!
5. Make Your Health a Priority (For Real)
Remember what we said about taking your health for granted? This is all-too-common in very career-driven individuals until they crash and burn from all the pressure.
Your health is not all about what you eat, either. It’s also about mental, emotional and physical well-being.
Set yourself a goal to actually sit down and eat your lunch every day. Set aside an hour for yourself to attend that spin class or yoga session. Prioritise your mental health by listening to a podcast, reading a book or meditating on your commute to work or in the bath each evening. Give yourself some ”me time” and know that you deserve it – no guilt included!
6. Set Yourself Meaningful Goals
If there’s one way to make time for yourself, that’s by setting goals with regards to your career, health, fitness, and relationships.
Setting yourself a reasonable and achievable goal (outside of work) is also a great way to shift your mindset and focus more on your own wellbeing.
In order to achieve your goal, think about what tasks are most important in achieving it, and how a healthy work-life balance can help you get there.
In order to make more time for yourself, implement time management strategies, cut down your to-do list, and hand over tasks that have little value to you.
7. Make Use of Your Annual Leave
If the New Year rolls around and you still have accumulated annual leave, this is your work-life balance screaming for attention.
Your annual leave days are in place for a reason. It offers you the chance to relax, recharge, and return to work the following year as your best self.
Do yourself the favour of using up all your annual leave, even if it’s not during a time when everyone else is on holiday. It really doesn’t matter- as long you are taking time off to mentally recharge.
Prioritise Your Health and Wellness Right Now
If you’re struggling to manage your work-life balance, you’re not alone. Wellness Rejuvenated is here to offer tips, advice, and more on how to achieve a healthy lifestyle that is manageable in the long-term.
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