The 5 Keys to Achieving the Perfect Work-Life Balance
One of the biggest problems for today’s people is stress- it’s almost impossible to avoid it and has heavy consequences on your overall mental and physical health. One of the reasons workers feel stressed out is that they cannot find the balance between their career and personal life and end up feeling like none of them is satisfying enough.
People who work from home on the other hand think that with this decision they have solved this problem more or less, but this is a big misconception and may even deepen the issue. Overall, this is a problem for everyone, regardless of their job or workplace. However, the situation is not that hopeless and even though there isn’t a quick fix, there are things you can do to reduce your stress levels and finally pay more attention to your friends and family.
#1. Set priorities
As many will say, you can’t choose between your career and personal life, but you can definitely teach them to go hand in hand. The first thing you should do is set your career and personal goals and outweigh them to see what is the most important for you.
For example, if you aim for a promotion in a 4 month period and purchase of a new car in one year, focus on your career for a while because it’s the more urgent objective. When you prioritise your tasks like this, you get an overview of what you need, want and can go without.
Balance is all about focus- instead of obsessing with all the things you want to do, set your mind only to those that you can accomplish now and set the others aside until it’s the right moment. This way, you will be more clear-headed and determined to finish off your objectives.
#2. Determine boundaries
One of the most important things to do to not mix personal and work life up, is to realize that those are equally important and attention-deserving parts of your life. Many people neglect their personal life to their career, thinking that overworking will help them become the best in their field.
Truth is, your personal life and experiences make you happier and more motivated, which reflects directly on your work. Therefore, if you spend crazy hours in the office and not do anything with your free time than sleep, you don’t revitalize yourself with positive energy and besides the constant feeling of tiredness, your production levels with drop significantly.
Set a tight schedule (if you don’t already have one) that requires you to leave the office at a certain time every day and then forget everything about it- get rid of your work phone, e-mail or anything else work-related. Set your mind to know that it has a few hours to rest and relax each day.
#3. Stand up for yourself
A skill that many workers don’t have is to say no to their boss. Learn to distinguish the urgent and unavoidable work problems from the regular ones. So when your boss asks you to stay late in the office or work extra days, always consider if this is really important or you can avoid doing it.
We are not saying to decline every inquiry your management gives to you but always outweigh the income and determine if you would suffer more agreeing to it than the company if you postpone it.
Do you have a big project but your team is not really hardworking on it? Don’t do all the work yourself, but speak to your authorities for a solution. Overworking and taking extra work tasks will get you nowhere near a better career and will also make your stress levels fly to the Moon.
#4. Protect your personal time
Many of us have fallen into the pitfall of thinking and talking about work and planning tasks while going home or cooking dinner. This way, your brain gets overworked and you give it no time to “breathe”. Even if your loved ones ask you how your day was, set aside the details and don’t share all your small problems that they probably wouldn’t get anyway.
It's best to create a "no worktalk" rule, with your family so this can become a family tradition- no one is allowed to discuss work problems at home . It may seem pointless to you but this is a psychological trick to boost communication and sharing of feelings within the family.
#5. Don’t be passive
Everyone is tired when they get home from work, so the usual thing they do is eat and lay down until it’s time for bed. This is not only bad for your health but also makes you lazy and doesn’t restore your energy in any way.
Despite the feeling of fatigue, a walk, workout or even a gathering with friends will fill you with positive emotions and make you feel energised. The more you sit on the couch, the lazier you’ll feel until the point when you can’t relax and feel rested at all.
Have some quality time with your family, go out to see your friends or do anything that makes you happy and immediately see the positive results on your attitude and self-perception.