Work-Life Balance

May 27, 2014

The term “work-life balance” is used quite a lot in today’s busy society, but what exactly does it mean? Simply put, it means not allowing work to take over your life, but rather making sure you have the time you need for your health, family, and personal growth. If work-life balance is something you are struggling with, the tips below may help to get you on the right path.

If you have the feeling your schedule is constantly overbooked, consciously build some downtime into it. Have set times each week to do things you want to do, such as a date night with a loved one, a yoga class, or a time to gather with friends and play cards. The key here is that once you put these things in your calendar, you should stick to them. They should not be pushed aside to do work or household chores instead.

Now, really look hard at what else is in your schedule. If you are spending time with activities or people just because you feel like you “have to,” and they are not adding value to your career or personal life in any way, let go of the obligation to make time for yourself.

Next, think about the errands you run on a regular basis, and consider if there is a way that technology can help you save time. For example, would you rather spend an hour at the grocery store, or have groceries delivered right to your doorstep?

Finally, try not to be overwhelmed and think that only big changes to your lifestyle can make a difference. Small things, such as leaving the office 30 minutes earlier so you can unwind with a bath each night, or taking 15 minutes to read and enjoy a glass of wine before cooking dinner, can make a big difference in your sense of inner balance.