If you feel that it can be a struggle to keep up with the demands of your work and home life, you are not the only one. Achieving the perfect work-life balance can sometimes seem impossible, and we here at 2313 Inc know that. Research by Accenture found that for more than half of all men and women polled, work-life balance is the key determiner for whether they have a successful career or not. The majority of people in this study also noted that this work-life balance is even more important than money. Many people believe that this balance is possible; here are a few tips to get you started:
Draw the Line
There may be some times where a 50-hour week is going to happen, but this shouldn’t be the norm. Know where to draw the line and just say no; it’s up for you to decide what is important and what can wait. Ask yourself what the most important thing for you to do right now is, and do that. So many people feel that everything is important, so they end up staying at the office well after hours. Similarly, if a co-worker is constantly asking for help, it’s important to draw the line and set boundaries for them as well.
Incorporate Downtime into Your Schedule
When you are planning out the week, be sure to schedule time to relax, workout, spend time with family or friends, and other calming activities. If your week is filled up with only work things, then it will be hard to find that precious free time that so quickly gets lost in the hustle and bustle of work.
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Get Rid of Time-Wasting Activities
Is there a half hour meeting at work that could easily be cut down or conducted through email instead of in person? Look through your weekly activities and see what can be cut out or shortened. You may even be able to leave work earlier if you make a conscious effort to limit your time chatting or perusing social media. Whatever it may be that is sucking up your time, get rid of it.
Talk with Your Boss
If there simply isn’t anything to cut out of your week, it may be time to talk to your boss. They may not be aware of the extra hours you are putting in every week, and can help take some of the load off of you by distributing tasks elsewhere. Communication with your boss is always important, but especially so when you start to feel overwhelmed.
Make Good Use of Your Time Outside of Work
If work is keeping you busy, make sure you are making good use of your time outside of the office. For example, instead of wasting your time browsing Facebook for an hour, plan out exactly what you want to do with your time. Maybe there is a new book you’ve been meaning to read, or a community yoga class you never seem to have time to attend. Whatever it may be, make sure your time outside of work is spent well.