Achieving A Good Work-Life Balance
What Is Work-Life Balance? “A concept including proper prioritizing between "work" (career and ambition) and "lifestyle" (health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development/meditation).” Work-life balance can mean different things to different people. However, many believe this includes finding time to spend with themselves, family, and friends. There are many ways to develop a work life balance, and we have taken a look at some methods below!
Why It's Challenging
Challenges in the work-life balance often occur when people begin to feel guilty or fail to follow through on out- of work activities (pleasure and responsibilities). Both men and women experience these challenges, but women tend to feel a greater burden than men. Today, many women must work, but they are also expected to take more care of the kids, home, and family than the father. Maintaining the household was previously considered a woman's full time responsibility, but today they basically work in these 2 jobs. Can you achieve a work-life balance? The answer is yes. You must practice to reach the best work-life balance, but it is certainly possible.
Consider the below steps you can take to achieve a work-life balance:
1. Flexibility At Work
WorkplaceTrends.com and CareerArc completed the “2015 Workplace Flexibility Study”, which was based on a national survey of 1087 professionals.
The survey found that 67% of human resources professionals believe their staff have a balanced life. However, 45% of employees believe they do not have sufficient time each week. Therefore, many companies have begun increasing remote work, employee assistance, and staff wellness programs. Speak with your supervisor about what you need, and prepare suggestions they could implement quickly.
2. Create Time
Do an inventory of all your responsibilities. Write them down. Next, write a list of all the things you would like to do, but cannot do now because of your responsibilities. Determine whether there is a way to add some of the things you would like to do to your schedule. Could it be daily, weekly, or even monthly?
3. Take Time away From Work
Take some time away from work to reflect and develop yourself personally. You must have a time to recuperate from your daily work so you may perform at optimal levels.
4. Stop Feeling Guilty
Many people feel guilty for wanting personal time, which is common goal for most hard working people. There are many bpeople who want to achieve a work life balance between productivity and personal time. Therefore, learn to "work to live" rather than "live to work". This should keep things in perspective.
5. Know When You Have Had Enough
Your body produces clear signals for when you are overloaded or burnt out, so look for the sensation of anger, frustration, apprehension, or depression as indicators. This means it's time to take time for yourself, connect with your community, and restore yourself to health and balance.
- Kim B.
Erik Lenderman, Best Behavioral Economics Books
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