Achieving a work-life balance seems like an impossible dream sometimes, especially when the demands of modern work life are only on the increase. That said, a single person’s work-life balance is going to be much different to someone who’s married, but it’s all about saving time, prioritising and nurturing your personal needs to avoid getting burned out.
Here are a few tips to help you achieve the balance you’re seeking:
Learn about employee connectivity
Inquire about your company’s policies on employee connectivity. Read online or ask directly about expected communication during “off” hours. Are employees expected to check their emails in the evenings or on weekends?
Let your seniors and colleagues know if you won’t be available for certain hours during the day or weekend because you’re dealing with family issues. You should try to get their support instead of wrath by communicating well.
Use Technology smartly
Technology was created to serve, not to master. Your laptop, mobile, tablet or any other devices you own were created to make your life easier, not to control it. Don’t let the things you own, own you; put your own rules and adhere by them.
Telecommuting a few times a week could help re-arrange your day in a better way for you and your family. You’ll be able to focus on work for a determined period of time and use the extra hours to meet personal responsibilities. It will also move your creative juices and give you a fresh perspective on work related issues.
Fight the guilt
When you learn to stop doing things out of guilt, you’ll find more time to focus on the things you have to do and hopefully the things that give you joy.
Remember ordinary people can’t possibly devote 100 percent of their time, effort and heart to everything they do. Stop feeling guilty if you miss an occasion once a year or bail on a colleague’s farewell party.
Well, we mean sometimes, not all the time of course The point is, it’s OK if you didn’t plump up the cushions one morning. It doesn’t mean you failed, it means if you get used to it you might actually have three extra minutes to enjoy your life. However, if you can afford to get some help around the house, or find easier ways to run your errands like buying things online, by all means go for it.
Allow yourself some privacy
Have your own private space, even if it’s only in your head. Daydream on your way to work if you’re not driving or go for a walk and appreciate the good weather. Even 15 minutes spent on things that ignite joy like taking a bath, reading or listening to music make a difference. If you don’t allow yourself personal time, it will be hard to beat burn out.
2 Bonus Tips
1- Build downtime into your schedule.
Get proactive about making plans and make it a point to schedule time with your family and friends as well as activities that help you recharge.
2- Drop activities that sap your time or energy.
Take stock of activities that don't enhance your career or personal life, like checking social media sites, and minimise the time you spend on them.