We all know that it is key to our wellbeing to have a healthy work life balance, but this can be difficult to achieve. Regular 9-5ivers know that when they leave the office physically, they also leave the office mentally, but with so many people opting out of working for others and choosing instead to work at home, it can be very easy to let work take over.
Here are 4 tips on how to achieve a healthy work life balance:
1. Turn off the world
Unplug yourself from the computer and other digital technology. If you are old enough, think back to the decades when you didn’t have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone. You managed without them, didn’t you? Well, you can again. Very few emails cannot wait until the next morning. Make it a rule that you don’t check your work emails after 6pm.
2. Plan for relaxation
Prioritise your workload, so that you do the things that need to be done first and leave the things that could be put off until last. Once you have established your workload for the day or week, schedule yourself non-work time. For example, say that on a Wednesday, you will finish work at 4.30pm rather than 5.30pm, and stick to it. Also, preserve your weekends. Don’t take on work on Friday that needs to be done by Monday morning.
3. Don’t waste time
Examine your working day and see if there are times during it when you are simply wasting time, time that could be spent working and which might mean you finish work at a reasonable hour rather than having to catch up later. Wasting time could be something as simple as gossiping with a colleague, surfing the internet or making posts on social media. Ask yourself, is this really what I should be doing or can I be more productive? However, not all time spent on these tasks is wasted. It can be good for you to catch up with colleagues, as long as you enjoy it. If you don’t enjoy the company of the people you are spending your time with, or worse, they are dragging you down, it is time to ditch them. Harsh maybe, but necessary.
4. Start small
Don’t make the mistake of vowing to change the way you work all at once, or make the changes big ones. Like New Year resolutions, they will be doomed to fail because they are impossible to maintain. Instead, make small changes that you are more than capable of achieving. Nothing makes you feel more like a failure than setting yourself impossible targets and falling far short of them.
If you find yourself spending more time working than is good for you, but can’t seem to change the habit, you may benefit from the assistance of a life coach. A life coach can put your issues into perspective and work with you to find a way to address them and make your life better.
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