The ever elusive work-life balance, can it ever be achieved? With ridiculous commute hours and demands of work and family, it may seem that a great work life balance is unattainable. But apparently not, thanks to these 5 tips that anyone can apply to their life.
- Working should be likeable, not torture.
Everyone one knows that a full-time job takes up the most waking hours in a day, so if you hate your job, it’s going to torture you and that stress will most probably ooze into your personal life. Meanwhile, a likeable job and workplace makes for a healthier mind and, in turn, becomes easier to transition into your personal time, leaving work behind, physically and mentally.
- Maintain strict work boundaries. Saying “no” isn’t bad.
Since we all know that there is no magic potion for a work-life balance, sometimes it’s just a matter of choice. For example, never scheduling meetings before 9.30 am, so the kids can be gotten ready and dropped off at school. Setting clear boundaries can make sure that your work schedule and your personal errands don’t collide with each other.
- Work is business. Don’t take it personally.
Sometimes, work matters needs to be left at work, though easier said than done, it can be accomplished. Learning to let go of a bad day and taking criticism well, is something that can be done. Moreover, learning to shake off negativity and not take words and situations personally maybe a small step, but it can brighten up everything.
- Be selfish and take some “me time”.
If you have had zero time to relax and unwind, you can give your best at work, which is why everyone needs some amount of me time to rejuvenate. Whether it’s having a cup of tea and reading, or exercising and meditating, or catching up with your favourite drama, indulging in a little self-care does wonder for the body, mind and soul, with all those endorphins.
- Take short tech detoxes often.
Finally, the most difficult of them all. With technology running every area of our work lives, it becomes second nature to check messages and emails while catching up with friends or having lunch with family. Professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and co-author of ‘The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence and Personal Strength in Your Life’, Robert Brooks says, “There are times when you should just shut your phone off and enjoy the moment. Resilient people feel a greater sense of control over their lives.”