Many people are unaware that they have a work-life balance problem. They are either too busy at work or not being productive enough to meet their goals, or they are absent from family commitments and other obligations because of the demands of their job. They may think nothing is wrong with how things currently stand, but this can lead to stress, anxiety, depression, and burnout among other things in the long term.
It’s important for every person to take time out for themselves so they don’t become overwhelmed by all that life has to offer. There are many tips on how you can achieve this goal- some easier than others- but it’s well worth the effort when everything starts falling into place once more.
What is work-life balance?
In a nutshell, work-life balance is the condition where one balances the demands of one’s job with those of one’s personal life. Working more hours, greater responsibilities at work, raising children, and other factors can all contribute to a poor work-life balance.
A healthy work-life balance has a number of positive consequences, including less stress, lower risk of burnout, and a greater sense of well-being, according to Chris Chancey, career expert, and CEO of Amplio Recruiting. This benefits not just employees but also employers.
“Employers who are committed to providing environments that support work-life balance for their employees can save on costs, experience fewer cases of absenteeism, and enjoy a more loyal and productive workforce,” said Chancey. Employers that provide employees the opportunity to telecommute or work flexible schedules can offer them a better work-life balance.
Consider how you might balance your job and personal life when developing a timetable that works for you. According to Chancey, having a balance in your life is less about dividing your days evenly between work and personal time, and more about having the flexibility to get things done in your professional life while still having time and energy to enjoy your personal life. There may be days when you work long hours, allowing you to enjoy other activities at the end of the week.
Tips for a Better Work-Life Balance
1. Prioritize your health.
Your general physical, emotional, and mental health should take precedence. If you have anxiety or depression and believe therapy might help, fit those sessions into your schedule, even if you need to leave work early or cancel your evening spin class.
Don’t be afraid to call in sick if you’re suffering from a chronic illness. Working yourself too hard might make you worse, prompting you to take additional days off in the future.
Prioritizing your health will make you a better employee and person, according to Monahan. “You’ll be able to miss fewer days of work and be more productive when you’re at the office,” he added.
It does not have to be complicated or extreme to prioritize your health. It could simply involve doing meditation or exercise on a regular basis.
2. Take a vacation.
It’s also possible to disconnect from marketing, business, and work in other ways. Taking vacation time and shutting down your job completely for a while are two methods that can help you truly unplug. Whether it’s a one-day staycation or a two-week holiday to Bali, taking time off to rest both physically and mentally is essential.
Employees reported having unused vacation days leftover at the end of the year, according to the State of American Vacation 2018 study conducted by the U.S. Travel Association. Employees are frequently concerned that taking a vacation will disrupt the operation and that they will face a backlog of work when they return. This worry should not prevent you from taking a well-deserved break.
“The truth is, there is no nobility in not taking well-deserved time away from work; the benefits of taking a day off far outweigh the downsides,” said Chancey. “With proper planning, you can take time away without worrying about burdening your colleagues or contending with a huge workload when you return.”
3. Set goals and priorities
Take note of when you are at your most productive at work and schedule that time aside for your most essential job-related duties. Avoid checking your emails and phone every few minutes to avoid wasting time. Stating your day in advance can boost productivity at work, allowing you to have more free time.
4. Recognize that no work-life balance exists to be ‘perfect’.
When you think of “work-life balance,” you probably envision a really productive day at work that ends early so you can spend the rest of your day with friends and family. While this may appear to be desirable, it is not always feasible.
Don’t strive for a perfect timetable; instead, aim for one that is realistic. Some days, you may be more focused on your job; on other days, you may have more time and energy to spend with your friends or pursue your interests. Over time, not every day at a time, balance is reached.
“It’s critical to keep your feet on the ground and constantly compare where you are [to] where you want to be,” stated Heather Monahan, the founder of a career mentoring group. “At times, your children may need you, and other times, you may need to go away for a job, but allowing yourself to remain receptive in order to redirect and assess your needs on any day is critical in achieving balance.”
5. Find a job that you enjoy doing.
Work is a necessary social obligation, but your job should not restrict you. You won’t be joyful if you despise what you do. It’s as simple as that. You don’t need to like every aspect of your job, but it has to be interesting enough that getting out of bed isn’t a chore for you.
Finding a job that you are so enthusiastic about that you would do it for free, according to Monahan, is a good idea. “If your work is draining you and you’re having trouble doing the things you love outside of work, something has gone wrong,” said Monahan. “You may be trapped in a hostile work environment, for a terrible person, or performing a task that you don’t like. If this is the case, it’s time to look for new employment.”
Work-life balance is critical for our well-being, but it’s also important to understand that work takes precedence over everything else in our lives. We often put off taking care of ourselves until we can take time away from work and dedicate all of our energy to relaxing or recharging on vacation.
However, the reality is that this never happens; instead, vacations are usually spent working on some aspect of your career whether it’s planning a speech you have coming up at an industry conference or catching up with friends who are still connected to their jobs through social media posts. The key takeaway here? Create a harmonious work-life integration so you don’t lose out on any opportunity — both professionally and personally!