If you are lucky enough to have a Monday to Friday, 9-5 job with a good salary then you are at an advantage when it comes to having a good work-life balance. However, whether the ‘life’ part of the balance involves a large bar of dairy milk and Netflix, playing a sport or shopping it is something that can only be organised by you and it is a personal choice.
Here is a list of possible ways to ensure you are making time within your busy schedule for the things you enjoy and need…
When you arrive at your desk every morning, have a clear list of tasks that you need to complete by the end of the day. Be realistic, try not to get caught up in less productive activities and allow time for emergency deadlines. This way you will leave work on time(ish) and have the evening to do as you please.
Taking up a new hobby is a great way to break away from the office, however it can be a struggle to make it a regular occurrence. Joining a sports team will not only be enjoyable, but you will also have a sense of commitment to your team and this will give you the nudge to go every week. Exercise is also a great way to release feel good hormones and focus your mind on something completely separate from work.
With the rise in social media, we are fixated on doing something fun and exciting every minute of every day, however, occasionally we are allowed to take our foot off the accelerator. Remove any form of electronic device from your person and simply go for a walk or read a book and enjoy a moment to regenerate and reflect.
Pick an evening that works for you and make it your ‘date’ evening as often as possible. Your date can be dinner with the girls, bowling with your partner or an evening in with your best mate and Mr Rioja. Chatting, laughing and moaning with friends will release any tension that you may not have been able to voice at work – essentially a cheap version of therapy.
No matter how exciting your job is, we all experience particularly uneventful periods in the office and naturally life can begin to feel slightly monotonous. Booking a holiday or weekend-break will provide a light at the end of the tunnel and quite simply give you something to look forward to. This can be a two-week holiday in the Bahamas or a long weekend camping in Devon; it doesn’t matter as long as it is miles away from your every day schedule.
Technology has helped our lives in many ways, but it has also created expectations of constant accessibility. Unless you make it clear that you’re not eternally available for work queries outside of office hours then the workday will never end. Towards the end of every working day, make a list of the things you have not yet completed, this will allow you to think through your deadlines, complete what needs to be done immediately and eventually switch off until the next day.
LOVE YOUR JOB
It seems pretty simple, but in order to enhance you work-life balance it is important to enjoy what you do. For many people, work-life balance is interchangeable with boring-fun balance and this should not be the case. Work should provide an inspiring environment to enhance your skills and knowledge, which will increase your control in your role, and with this control you can achieve a better balance.
All of the above will help you to achieve a desirable work-life balance, however as I mentioned in the introduction, the main driving factor is you. Having a positive mental attitude will give you the enthusiasm and energy to plan ahead, try new sports and organise activities. You will be the envy of your colleagues, friends and not to mention your new teammates.
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