Balancing act: Getting your work-life balance right
Fight the guilt about not being able to give 100 percent to everything you do. (Shutterstock)
Achieving a work-life balance seems like an impossible dream sometimes, especially when the demands of modern work life are only increasing. That said, a single person’s work-life balance is going to be much different than a married person’s work-life balance, but it’s all about saving time, prioritizing and nurturing your personal needs to avoid getting burned out.
Here are a few tips to help you achieve your sought after balance:
Learn about employee connectivity
Inquire about your company’s policies on employee connectivity. Read online or ask directly about expected communication during “off” hours; are employees expected to check email in the evenings or on weekends?
Let your higher-ups and colleagues know if you won’t be available for certain hours during the day or weekend because you’re dealing with family issues. Try to get their support instead of wrath by communicating well.
Use Technology smartly
Technology was found to serve not to master. Your Mac laptop, Samsung mobile or other devices that you own were created to make your life easier, not to control it. Don’t let the things you own, own you; put your own rules and adhere by them.
Telecommuting a few times a week could help you re-arrange your day in a better way for you and your family. You’ll be able to focus on work for a determined period of time and use the extra hours to meet personal responsibilities. It will also move your creative juices and give you a fresh perspective on work related issues.
Fight the guilt
When learn to stop doing things out of guilt, you’ll find more time to focus on the things that you have to do and hopefully things that gives you joy.
Remember that real people can’t possibly devote 100% of their time, effort and heart to everything they do. Stop feeling guilty if you miss an occasion once a year or bail on a colleague’s fair well party.
Well, sometimes not all the time of course. The point is, it’s OK if you didn’t do your bed one morning, it doesn’t mean you failed but it means that if you get use to it you might actually have 3 extra minutes to enjoy your life. But if you can afford to get some help around the house by all means do it.
Allow yourself some privacy
Have your own private space even if that space is only in your head. Daydreamon your way to work if you’re not driving and appreciate good weather. If you don’t allow yourself personal time, you’ll get burnt out soon.
Editor’s note: This article has been edited from the source material
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