A good work-life balance, has numerous positive effects, including less stress, a lower risk of burnout and a greater sense of well-being. This not only benefits employees but employers too.
Here are 7 of ways to create a better work-life balance:
Your health should always be your No. 1 priority. If your job or career is damaging your personal relationships, both areas will ultimately be negatively affected.
Cutting ties with the outside world once a week allows us to recover from weekly stress, and gives us space for other thoughts and ideas to emerge.
Sometimes, truly unplugging means taking vacation time and shutting work completely off. Whether your vacation consists of a one-day staycation or a week trip, it’s important to take time off to physically and mentally recharge.
While your job is important, it shouldn’t be your entire life. Relationships with family, friends, and loved ones are, by far, the greatest source of inner satisfaction. Sure there will be days when you will need to work overtime. The issue becomes problematic when these days become the rule, not the exception. By making your personal relationships a priority, your productivity and effectiveness on the job will actually increase.
Set boundaries for yourself, to avoid burnout. Develop a mental on-off switch between work and home. When you leave the office, avoid thinking about upcoming projects or answering company email and phone calls. Answering after work phone calls can be the first thing to do on the next day. Set fair and realistic limits.
Creating a happy work-life balance is all about prioritizing – you have to be conscious about how you spend your time! And that means making tough decisions about what tasks you are going to prioritize and which aren’t as important.
Using time more efficiently is an important skill that everyone from the receptionist to the CEO can learn. Adopting the right combination of time-management practices can cut stress and save you up to an hour a day. This can include the use of technology to become more organized, grouping emails and voice messages, avoiding procrastination and learning to say “no.”
It is possible to have a successful professional career and a fulfilling personal life. Take control of your work. Be proactive with your time by reducing the time of the meetings discussing “to the point” on most important issues.