Work vs Life – How to Find a Reasonable Balance
Finding the right balance between work and personal life is one challenge many workers face in today’s busy world, some people even think it is impossible to strike a perfect balance.
While we agree that juggling between work (career, heavy workloads and pressure) and personal lifestyle (health, leisure, family etc.) can be very difficult, we also believe that if you want balance, you can make it happen. Employers can help employees improve on their work life balance by offering different programs and initiatives, such as flexible working arrangements like part-time, half day, working from home, compulsory leave, strict maximum working hours (rule preventing any employee from continuing work in the office after a certain time) etc. However, some employers do not take things like this seriously, so if you want to live a happy and fulfilling life, we suggest you take control and draw a fine line between the two.
Here are tips on how you can maintain a healthy work-life balance:
Set Your Priorities Right
Make a list of all the things that compete for your time, and decide which is very important, important or not important. That way you will be able to know what to keep and what to discard.
Have to do lists (it helps), allocate a time frame for tasks to be completed – be it work or something personal. Make the most of the time you have in the office, and if you can’t finish all you have to do, leave it for next day.
Go At Your Own Pace
Set a pace for yourself especially at work, know when you need to increase the pace at which you carry out some tasks and when to reduce it. This will help you regulate your work and not have to overwork yourself.
Set fair and realistic limits on what you will and will not do both at work and at home. You should set aside a time at home during which you will not check or respond to work-related emails or voice mails.
Make Time for Yourself
While being good at your job is very important, don’t be too hard on yourself. Create time for yourself too! Do those things that make you happy. That way you come to the office refreshed and rejuvenated.
Your Health is Your Wealth
If you are not healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally, both your work life and personal life will be affected. Always eat healthy, do lots of exercises and get enough sleep (at least 7 hours every day). This will help relieve stress, boost your immune system, improve your mental clarity and make you energetic and productive.