5 Tips for Better Work-Life Balance
We all hear about the elusive “work-life balance” concept. It’s the place where our careers and personal lives become balanced. We don’t feel overworked, we have enough time for friends and family, and so on. While this is a great concept in theory, and one we should strive for, it can be quite difficult to make it happen.
Since reducing stress and making more time for those things that are important to you is truly crucial, read along for some of our best tips in increasing your work-life balance, and hopefully, your quality of life.
Declare your priorities
When you figure out what’s most important in your life, it becomes easier to figure out where to place your time. If you’re working very hard to advance your career, perhaps that’s your priority for the next six months. On the other hand, if you’ve been pulling 60 hour weeks and your priority is family time, you may have to re-evaluate a bit. Everyone will have different priorities, and they will often change depending on the season of your life.
To start to create that feeling of satisfaction and balance in your life, start by examining priorities and place more of your time there.
Take time for yourself
It’s important to unplug when you aren’t in “work” mode! And it should be noted that work mode should not be 24/7. This can be difficult as work from home moms, but it’s a necessity in gaining balance.
Take time for yourself: schedule something exciting, keep weekends for friends, family, errands, and fun, and generally create space for the good things in life. Yes, work is important and a huge part of our lives, but if that’s all you do, you’ll quickly feel out of balance. Don’t feel guilty about making yourself a priority; you’ll be a better mom, friend, and employee for it!
Manage your time
Are you spending more time than you thought on work tasks? Keep track of your time for a while – both business and personal. Once you see some patterns forming, create a solid schedule. This will allow you to keep things in order and allow you to see where your free time is. WHen you know where you’re spending too much (or not enough) time, you can readjust.
A lot of the work of establishing a solid work-life balance is in seeing where your time is going. If you don’t keep track for a while, how will you know? Put in some of the effort in the beginning and you can truly see where your time is being spent.
Make time for fun
For most people, a large part of work-life balance will include relaxation, family and friends. You still have to have fun, even if your current priority is work or career advancement. It’s crucial to stay social, especially if you work from home. Keep those social appointments and work them into your busy schedule whenever possible!
It’s important to stick to your guns regarding vacations, time off, and breaks. Vacations and breaks don’t need to be elaborate, but there needs to be a definitive break from work on a consistent basis.
In our current culture, it’s easy to put these things off because so much needs to be done. Fortunately, these things will still be there when you return! This isn’t to say that a great work ethic isn’t a wonderful thing, but too much of anything isn’t useful.
Work towards a balanced sense of work and life by following the tips above. When you see where your time is going, focus on your priorities, and stay committed to what’s best for you, you’ll find these things are much more balanced in your life.