Work-life balance can vary from person to person and can be challenging to achieve, especially in remote or hybrid work settings. Achieving work-life balance is a daily challenge. However, it is achievable if we prioritise our time and set boundaries between work and personal life.
According to Mental Health Foundation, work-life balance is a cycle, not an achievement. It is important to recognise that work-life balance is not a one-time goal but an ongoing process, something we must continually strive to achieve.
But what is work-life balance?
Work-life balance is the balance between our work and personal life. It is important because it can potentially improve your overall well-being, including your physical, emotional, and mental health.
There are various ways to improve our work-life balance which we can incorporate into our lives to address our current situation.
Some ways we can improve our work-life balance are to set realistic goals and priorities, learn to say no, take breaks throughout the day, make time for ourselves, exercise regularly as well as ensuring we get enough sleep.
Here are three tips for achieving a better work-life balance:
- Prioritise your time: Make a list of your priorities and allocate your time accordingly. This will help you focus on what’s important and avoid wasting time on unimportant tasks
- Set boundaries: Set clear boundaries between work and personal life. This can include setting specific work hours, avoiding checking emails after work hours, and taking breaks throughout the day
- Take care of yourself: Make sure to take care of yourself both physically and mentally. This can include getting enough sleep, eating healthy, exercising regularly, and taking time to relax and recharge
It’s all very well having the tips above, however, if it were that easy, we would all have great work-life balance. So, why do we find it so hard?
There are a great deal of reasons why not, and most are first world problems, for example, we can’t let others down, keeping up with our colleagues, trying to achieve too much and many more.
In the end, continuing to have a poor work-life balance will only end in disaster, and affect us mentally, emotionally and physically.
One of the best ways is to engage a business coach & mentor who can support us and help us find the best ways to help ourselves. An accountability buddy will work with you to help you focus on the right things and ensure you achieve them.
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