Maintaining your work-life balance can be challenging, but here are six tips that can help you navigate that process

In the past, it was easy to maintain a sense of balance between your professional life and your personal life. There were definite working hours, and people did not spend their whole day and night working – they would get back home in the evenings and spend time with their families.

However, things are different today. With the rising costs of living, life has indeed become more challenging, and people are increasingly seeking out jobs that require them to make some extra cash on the side. This has however led to an unforeseen problem – there are increasing numbers of roles that can be thought of as ‘always on’, and you can never seem to catch a break – you are constantly working 24/7.

Now a new question arises – how do you maintain a sense of work-life balance? Millions are wrestling with these questions, but the answers vary all the time. Here are some definite ways you can create some balance though, as it must be an intentional effort on your part.

It is important to be honest about your needs:-

The first thing a person needs to do is knowing their needs and communicating it. You should not hide it and assume that others will get the hint.

Managers will understand your personal needs, as long as you communicate it to them in a clear manner. For instance, if you need to leave your workplace at noon to go and attend a parent-teacher conference, or at 4 pm for an evening class, it is important to know what your sweet spot is and talk about it.

Of course, various jobs will not all have the same approach, but it is good to have an honest dialogue with your superiors about the meaning of balance and how you can implement it. 

Know and set your priorities:-

It is difficult to accomplish anything when you do not know what you are working towards, much less when you are not aware of what your priorities are. So many people, even in the workplace, unfortunately spend so much time working on tasks that they should not be prioritizing in the first place.

It is essential to know what matters. For instance, what are the factors that can drive your business up? Are your priorities going to improve the state of the organization you work for, even in the long-term?

This process of setting priorities requires a high degree of scrutiny. You need to examine your day, and make sure you are eliminating the things that are leading to decreases in productivity, while focusing on the tasks that promote the greatest outputs. For some people this may also require much structure and planning, and that is okay.

It is important to respect the boundaries that are in place:-

When there is no order, chaos is present. Likewise, you cannot expect to accomplish the balance you are seeking for if you do not follow the boundaries that are already there.

It might be challenging to follow them at the start, but you will notice after some time that you develop a routine, and this will form a lifestyle of predictability. This will allow you to accomplish things outside of your working sphere as well, but make sure you respect your boundaries first before expecting others to respect them.

Use the off button often:-

Technology is good, and it has allowed us to keep in touch with what is happening in the world and with our friends. Technology also comes with an ‘off’ button, so make sure you are using it as often as you can.

The pacing of life today makes it difficult to switch off technology, because you always want to see what is happening. However, you do not have to do it cold-turkey either; you can approach this in phases.

For instance, the first place to start is leaving your cellphone behind while you are eating your dinner with your family, and concentrate on having wholesome conversations. When you go on holiday, be on holiday mode – avoid going on social media every so often to check what is happening, or checking your work emails – you do not need them at that time, when you think about it. Once you do this a few times and get used to it, you can slowly push the boundaries.

When you unplug from life, you start to gain new perspectives on life – ones that you never would have gotten if you kept on logging in. You end up gaining a clear mind, which allows you to face issues with greater strength and purpose. You can even respond more clearly in the moment when you are not caught up in emotional thinking, and your mind embraces logical views on issues.

Set personal goals and pace yourself using them:-

Regardless of the direction of your working life, it is important that you stay happy at home and with what you are doing. Many times, we will use the future as a natural motivation, which is human.

By taking the time to define your goals that means you are making your happiness a personal priority. The goals do not have to be major in scope – they can be things like exercising every day, changing up your nutritional habits, spending more time with your family and friends, exploring new hobbies, travelling to new places, and so on.

Make sure you take care of yourself:-

It is very easy for work to take the priority over your health or personal time, and many people are failing to see the importance of spending time with yourself, leading to drug abuse and admittance at NV rehabs, or other issues.

The pressure of work may lead you to finishing work during the wee hours of the morning or late at night sometimes. When this happens, it is important to set some hours off work when you get home, and use this time to relax before getting back to work. When you ensure to take breaks, your body will be thankful for it, and you become more productive in your work as well.

Final thoughts:-

Work is good, but your personal health is more important. Even though it may be challenging to find a balance, it is important to ensure you get one for your sake. It is particularly important to strive for balance in the current world, so that you do not lose out on the things that matter most to you.
Maintaining your work-life balance can be challenging, but here are six tips that can help you navigate that process Maintaining your work-life balance can be challenging, but here are six tips that can help you navigate that process Reviewed by Pravesh Kumar Maurya on June 30, 2018 Rating: 5

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