It is Monday, and you come home after a long day at work. You get ready for dinner, eat it in front of the TV, clean a bit (or let the pile of dishes multiply), and by the time you sit down for another episode of your favorite show, it is bedtime. And the same thing happens tomorrow and the day after. Becoming a vicious circle that will lead to burnout.
If you have finally acknowledged that you are married to your work, it is finally time to get your life in your hands by:
For a positive work-life balance, learn how to set boundaries that separate you from your work.
Start by defining clear boundaries between you and your coworkers – communicate what they can expect from you, and what you can expect from them.
Set clear limits on your work hours, and once the time is up, you should stop thinking about your job until the next day. This balance helps you be more effective at work. Check the other reasons why women make better bosses than men here.
Having Fun While Working
Looking back at your week, how much time have you spent on having fun, or doing the things that excite you?
Your job might be demanding and stressing but that doesn’t mean that you should forego all of your fun and interests while working. We are not talking about abandoning all of your tasks and responsibilities and having fun instead. But to have some quality time during your work breaks, or with your coworkers. Thus, rediscover your passion for your job, and find new, exciting ways of doing your work.
Don’t just live for the weekend. Stop making your life all about Friday-Sunday, your wok does not have to enslave your life and dictate you what to do. Learn something new, do something fun with your friends after work, have some quality time with your family, and do something that makes you happy.
Taking Time For Self-Care
You as a human-being need to take care of yourself – both physically and emotionally.
Start prioritizing your self-care. Have one day of the week designated for “Me-Time”. The benefits of taking care of yourself are endless and are essential in achieving work-life balance.
Self-care comes in many forms, choose one that makes you happy and is beneficial for your wellbeing.
Nurture your body and mind with physical activity, nutritious food, and plenty of rest. But don’t just cancel the gym just because you are feeling unmotivated to do so. Regular exercise can make you feel happier, energized, and even improve your work performance.
Prioritizing Your Tasks
Limit time-wasting by scheduling your most important tasks. Create a schedule and To-Do-List that outlines the most important tasks that you need to do. Prioritize the tasks that need your immediate attention and focus only on one thing at a time.
Learning To Say “NO”
How many times have you accepted dreadful tasks by your friendly-looking co-worker? And out of guilt, you accepted them all?
Learn the art of saying “NO” and your work-life balance will become so much achievable. When you stop guilt-tripping, you will have so much more time focusing on your own tasks, and the things that you enjoy.
Start living your life the way you want to be, your work does not define you. Make the necessary changes and have a balance in your life.
What are you doing to achieve the so-desired work-life balance?