Achieving a good work-life balance means you will be happier, healthier and more productive. This can be a tricky process. Some people find it really difficult to have the best of both worlds, be able to maintain it and make a beneficial change to their lives. Here are some tips to help you on the way to reaching that perfect balance:
1. Find Your Own Balance
There is no one size fits all remedy to achieving a good work-life balance. Everyone is different therefore everyone’s balance is different. Don’t compare yourself with others, this may add to your stress, what works for them may not work for you. Find your own balance and stick to it
2. Set Goals
If you are struggling with achieving a good work-life balance, the first step to take would be setting realistic goals. What do you want in your personal life? What do you want in your work life? Write these goals down as it makes them more realistic and less of a pipe dream. Make the goal SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. For example, instead of stating you want to “make more sales” change that to “I want to achieve an extra 2 sales per day, for the next month”. Doing this will make your goals a lot more achievable.
3. Time Management
It is important to value your own time then other people will do the same. If you prioritise your time wisely, procrastination levels will decrease. Make lists and realistic deadlines to stick to then you won’t become frustrated by not knowing where the time has gone. If you feel that there’s one particular thing that drains you time, whether it’s a colleague or technology, address and resolve it. Remember that downtime is just as important, switching off from work on your time off will help you in the long run.
4. Learn to Say No
Even if you can find the time to fit something in, it is important to learn to say no. You don’t want to spread yourself too thinly. It is important that your friends and colleagues know of your limits and boundaries. Commitments need to integrate well with your goals.
5. Take Care of Yourself
Downtime and switching off is more important than people think. Constantly working late nights, through the weekend and during your annual leave may seem like you are employee number 1 but you could actually be doing more harm than good. Detaching yourself from work during your days off is to ensure you will return feeing energised and refreshed. Ignoring this can negatively affect productivity and creativity in the workplace not to mention added sick days from the effects of exhaustion and stress. Make time to look after yourself and you will be a greater asset to your employer, friends and family.
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