Maintaining a healthy work / life balance
Whichever industry you reside in, maintaining a healthy work/life balance is essential. Especially in these challenging times where one can be easily overwhelmed. If you do find yourself feeling overworked and exhausted, we have some tips which we hope helps to get your balance right.
- Track Your Time
Analysing your present situation is the beginning step in achieving a balanced life. Keep a time log of everything you do for one week, whether its work-related or a personal activity. This data will serve as an eye-opener, helping you to understand how you are using or losing your time.
- Determine Priorities
Spend some time reflecting on what is most important to you. Make a list of your top priorities at work and at home. Then audit your time by asking yourself these questions: What do I need to Start doing? Stop doing? Continue doing? Do more of? Do less of? Do differently?
- Set Goals
Take your list of priorities and turn them into small measurable goals. Block time into your schedule for activities just like you would for an important meeting or a doctor’s appointment, it’ll help you stay focused.
It’s often said successful people plan their work and then work their plan. A diary or planner can help re-organise your day. Whether paper or electronic, this can help you turn your priorities and goals into reality. Set aside 10 to 20 minutes at the beginning of each day (or the night before) to plan your tasks and activities for the day and evening ahead.
- Establish Your Boundaries
Set realistic limits on what you will and will not do both at work and at home. Communicate these boundaries to the people you interact with daily like supervisors, coworkers and family. For instance, you might commit to not working late on certain days unless there is a crisis. Additionally, set aside a time at home during which you will not check or respond to work-related emails or voice mails.
- Prioritise Your Health
Your health should forever and always be your No. 1 priority. If you are not in good shape physically, mentally, and emotionally, both your work life and your personal life will suffer. Take care of yourself by eating healthy meals (especially breakfast). You’re no longer confined to your 1 daily walk/run so why not take several. Always try to sleep a minimum of seven hours per night. These practices relieve stress, raise your energy level, increase your stamina, improving your mental clarity and boosting your immune system. Making you a happier, more engaged, and more productive person. Additionally, refrain from the excessive use of alcohol, tobacco to relieve stress. These substances only tend to keep your body in a stressed state and cause even more problems.