How Can You Perfect Your Work-Life Balance?

Work-life balance is adjusting your day-to-day activities to achieve a sense of balance between work life and personal life. Some benefits of a healthy work-life balance include:

  • The opportunity to participate more fully in family and social life
  • More time to pursue personal goals and hobbies
  • Reduced stress levels at work and at home
  • Greater focus and concentration
  • Higher levels of job satisfaction
  • Improved health

Some of you reading that may feel it is a distant goal, even more so as we struggle our way out of a global pandemic, and many of us are just grateful to have any job, let alone a healthy work-life balance. Everyone experiences stress at some stage in their life. It is a way for us to know that something in our life is causing us concern and is affecting how we are thinking and feeling. Stress is not always bad. In small doses, it can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best, but when you are constantly running in emergency mode, your mind and body pay the price.

And while it’s up for debate whether you can ‘have it all,’ you certainly ought to still be able to balance everything you’ve got and live a happy, fulfilling life. To help you out in that pursuit, Select Resumes have gathered some of the best advice out there on maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Read the tips below, and start implementing some of them today.

Does your job match your lifestyle needs? Are you a family-oriented person? Do you need to pick the children up from school? Do you want to be home to read your child a bedtime story? Most modern-day workers do want this, so your job role needs to meet these lifestyle requirements. The job has to be adaptable around life scheduling. It’s not as easy as choosing a job and hoping they let you leave early on a Thursday. The role has to accommodate for life, or at least the company does. 

work-life balance is not an idealised notion that is always just out of reach

Whether you work from home or are still office-, site- or factory-based, if your 40-hour week has transformed into something a bit closer to a 60-hour week, you owe it to yourself to review the issue. Get to the bottom of where the majority of your time is being spent during your workday to allow for increased time management and productivity. If you find yourself wasting the majority of your time managing your inbox or in meetings or being distracted by social media, it may be time for some restructuring. Rearrange your schedule to ensure you hit the ground running every day by tackling bigger projects as soon as you get to your desk or work site. You’re actually at peak performance earlier in the day, so taking on big tasks earlier in the day means you’ll be likely to achieve more. Move your less important tasks to be taken care of after lunch.

In our (almost) post-COVID competitive world where jobs are prized possessions, the default position of many is to say “yes” when we should be saying “no”. You have a busy day ahead of you, and yet you still accepted that conference call invitation. Sometimes we forget how important it is to say “no” when we’re busy. While it isn’t always possible to turn down every meeting invitation, try your best to make a case when you’re especially busy. For example, you can ask to leave early or have someone share meeting notes with you. Taking your foot off the throttle isn’t what we’re suggesting, but burning out won’t help you achieve a work-life balance. Try and find a happy medium. 

And while we’re talking about overdoing it, stop spending your evenings in the office – wherever it may be – reworking things until they’re perfect. Establish a clear definition of the end result – when you’ve reached it, check out for the day. Eliminating working late and leaving work at the office often comes down to better time management.

This brings us neatly along to you. Each day, you should try to take some time to yourself (no matter how little it would be), to do something you enjoy, like walking, going to a gym, talking on the phone with a dear friend or with a family member, reading a good book or listening to your favourite music. Always make some time for yourself, no matter how busy you are. After all, you are the one who counts the most, not your job and not your work duties.

And finally, get enough sleep. This is probably the most important one and the easiest to manage. There’s nothing more dangerous to your health than working without having enough sleep. You will affect your productivity, and you can make some pretty expensive mistakes, too, if you are always tired on the job. Be sure to always get enough rest and get at least seven hours of sleep each night (yes, really). By being more rested, your mood will improve, you will face your daily challenges much easier, and you will have the time and the energy for your friends and family. 

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