Work-life balance is a term used for the idea that you need time for both work and other aspects of life, whether those are family-related or personal interests. The saying goes that ‘all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’.
With so many of us torn between juggling heavy workloads, managing relationships and family responsibilities, and squeezing in outside interests, it’s no surprise that more than one in four are
“Stressed.” And that’s not balanced—or healthy.
While work might be demanding at times, it should never become a priority over your wellbeing. In our rush to “get it all done” at the office and at home, it’s easy to forget that as our stress levels spike, our productivity decreases. You need time and energy for your hobbies and interests, for your family and loved ones. Don’t spend eight hours a day working just to come home and neglect the things that keep your spirits high and passion fresh.
“The real key to success is to create goals that you are passionate about with respect to health/appearance, career and relationships.”
Here are some ways to improve your work-life balance.
1. Set realistic goals.
When you hear “work-life balance,” you probably imagine waking up easily at 5 a.m., hitting the gym, grabbing your meal-prepped lunch and heading off to work, just to come home early, cook dinner, do some chores, and wind down with a nice book in bed by 9 p.m. But that’s often not the case.
Being able to meet priorities helps us feel a sense of accomplishment and control. The latest research shows that the more control we have over our work, the less stressed we get. So be realistic about workloads and deadlines. Make a “to do” list, and take care of important tasks first and eliminate unessential ones.
2. Managing your energy, not your time.
Instead of trying to schedule every minute of your time and push through your low-energy cycles, schedule your tasks according to your energy. Do lower-energy administrative tasks when you’re in a lull, and more important work when you’re energized. Every human being has natural energy cycles throughout the day. If you think carefully about your own cycles, you’ll probably be able to pinpoint times when you usually feel more focused and productive.
3. Divide work into smaller tasks.
When you face a big project at work or home, start by dividing it into smaller tasks. Complete the first one before moving on to the next. Give yourself small rewards upon each completion, whether it’s a five-minute break or a walk to the coffee shop.
4. Work from home.
Flexible time and telecommuting are quickly becoming established as necessities in today’s business world, and many companies are drafting work/life policies. Research shows that employees who work flexible schedules are more productive and loyal to their employers.
5. Tune in.
Listen to your favorite music at work to foster concentration, reduce stress and anxiety, and stimulate creativity. Studies dating back more than 30 years show the benefits of music in everyday life, including lowered blood pressure. Be sure to wear headphones on the job, and then pump up the volume—and your productivity.
6. No Multi- tasking.
This can dramatically reduce stress and improve outcomes at work. Draw a rigid boundary around anything that you are currently doing. If you are in a team meeting do not look at your cell phone to read e-mails. If your mind is constantly wandering, maybe you should not be on the current task. Learn to say ‘no’ to people and activities that distract you from your priorities.
We live in a connected world that never sleeps. Cutting ties with the outside world from time to time allows us to recover from weekly stress and gives us space for other thoughts and ideas emerge. Sometimes, truly unplugging means taking a vacation and shutting work completely off for a while.
2. Divide and conquer.
Make sure responsibilities at home are evenly distributed among all members of the family. Sharing household workload with your spouse or older children can handle some of the more mundane tasks while you work, you can all enjoy having fun together afterward.
3. Getting Chores Done.
Make your grocery run as efficient as possible by making a list. Take advantage of ordering over the phone or using digital technology of ordering online.
Using web services household items can be delivered at doorstep. And if the whole family has to come along, get everyone involved: If you can walk, you can shop together.
4. Don’t over commit.
Do you feel stressed when you just glance at your calendar? If you’re overscheduled with activities, learn to say,” no.” Shed the superman/superwoman urge! If you can afford extra cash, delegate task to maids or nannies to take care of regular cleaning and daily chores. So that you can manage time for some exercise and activities that you love to do. It’ll also boost your immune system and keep you out of the doctor’s office.
5. Make time for yourself.
While your job is important, it shouldn’t be your entire life. You were an individual before taking this position, and you should prioritize the activities or hobbies that made you happy.“ Whether you take a walk in the park, get a massage or take a hot bath, it’s important to always set aside an hour a week to do something for yourself,”
6. Spend time with loved ones.
You should focus on surrounding yourself with loved ones rather than making excuses to be alone all week. People with stronger support systems have more aggressive immune responses to illnesses than those who lack such support.
“A true balance between work and life comes with knowing that life activities are integrated, not separated.”
So work life balance goal is to successfully combine work and personal life into a satisfying life by developing strategies to balance out activities and maintain it. Lets strive towards work life integration and not separation.