Juggling the demands of work and life can be challenging. It seems like sometimes we don’t even leave work, we are just always “on the clock”. But where do you draw the line? How do you set boundaries and balance your work and personal life?
It’s important to give yourself time to enjoy life, relax and unwind when off the clock. This way you can be more attentive and productive while at work. Here are five ways to help you create a work-life balance.
1. Be a Smart Worker
Don’t waste work time scrolling through social media, browsing the internet or hanging out by the water cooler. This may cause you to have to work late or bring work home. Be a smart worker, create an efficient daily work schedule so you can complete all tasks needed within your 9-5.
2. Set Boundaries
With technology nowadays it’s inevitable to take work with us wherever we go. Our cell phones and smartwatches are constantly buzzing with work messages or emails. To create a work-life balance, boundaries must be set. Dedicate your work time to work and learn to only answer emergency work calls, emails or messages while you are out of the office. Everything else can wait until you are back in the office.
3. Learn to say “No”
Make smart decisions on how you spend your time. Learn to say “no” to activities or people that drain your time and energy and do not add value to your career or life. You can’t be everything to everyone. The less time you spend on “filler” activities the more time you have for what truly matters.
4. Schedule Downtime
Make time in your schedule for activities or hobbies you enjoy and make you happy. Plan a movie night with the kids, date night with the spouse, girls’ night out or some exercise time for yourself. Give yourself something to look forward to and de-stress.
5. Get Help
You don’t have to do everything by yourself. Get help completing tasks. Make a list of all your tasks and errands and see what tasks you can outsource. Even if on a budget, you may find that the time you save is worth it.
Also, you don’t necessarily need to “hire” help to get help. Take advantage of your supermarkets’ pickup or home delivery service. This will cut down on the time you spend grocery shopping and will open time for other activities.
Hope these tips for creating a work-life balance give you insight on how to better manage your workload. What other tips do you have for creating a work-life balance?
By: Percy Jimenez-Nagy