Work-Life Balance – Can you do it? The answer is yes!
Work-life can be a challenge, but it is essential in this day and age.
Oftentimes, work takes precedence over everything as we have a natural desire to succeed professionally. We tend to push aside our well-being, which leads to a poor work-life balance. Creating a practicable work-life balance is critical not only for your career but also for your emotional, physical, and mental well-being. Everyone has different demands from day to day that get difficult to prioritize. Sometimes, things come up and you have long hours at work, more responsibilities with work or home life, children at home, and miscellaneous activities and this causes added stress and risks burnout. A good work-life balance will give you a greater sense of well-being and benefits not only you as an individual, but your family, your employer, and fellow co-workers. Let’s face it, we all know a “don’t talk to me before I’ve had my coffee” and we don’t want to be that person, at least not anymore. 😉
When managing a life schedule that works for you, you have to reflect on the best way to achieve balance at work and in your personal life. There aren’t enough hours in the day, BUT there is always tomorrow. You must remain positive, as you work towards your new balance. Try to remember these few tips as you focus your energy and time on your end goal, and you will get there. Good Luck!
Make sure you love your job. Yes, some days are going to be tough, and you can’t wait for the clock to hit 5:00 P.M., but if you dislike what you do, it can be straining, and you don’t want to dread getting out of bed every day to go to work. Plain and simple, you have to be happy.
Make your health a priority. As I mentioned above, creating a good work-life balance is good for your emotional, physical, and mental well-being, three things we need to keep going, daily. Overworking yourself prevents you from feeling like you and will burn you out. Schedule that early AM yoga class, take a walk on lunch, or grab a quick coffee break and grab some fresh air, take time for yourself.
Unplug. Literally, unplug. Use this time to take a vacation or staycation, spend time with loved ones or make time for yourself. We are all well-deserving of time away from work. Use this time to recover from a stressful week or to just simply give yourself some space. Doing this will allow you to return to day-to-day life energized and have a mental recharge.
Lastly, set this goal for yourself and stick to it. This balance is one hundred percent achievable. There is no “ideal” work-life balance, but there is your “ideal” work-life balance. Structure your day around your energy, and your mind frame and watch your productivity take off at work, leaving you with a more relaxing evening after work.