Achieve a Better Work-Life Balance with These Tips
Do you find yourself staying late at the office every night? Dreaming about spreadsheets? Taking client calls during Happy Hour? If so, you may need to reevaluate your work/life schedule. In our digitally driven world, it can seem impossible to maintain a work-life balance. As we become more connected, more people have decided that staying ‘on’ 24/7 is socially acceptable.
However, all work and no play can be detrimental to our health, relationships, and even our work productivity. While you don’t have to draw a definitive line between your work and personal life to achieve a happy balance, there are ways you can integrate the two to achieve a satisfying medium.
Leave Work at Work
No matter how dedicated you are to your job, it’s better to leave work at the door when you finish. When you lock up the office for the night or get in your car, pause and look ahead to the time you have to yourself for the rest of the evening.
Take Time Off
Connectivity is both a blessing and a curse. Because it’s so easy to check an email, call a client or revise a proposal, you may find yourself doing these things on days you’ve designated as time off. If you’ve told people you’re taking time off, honor that commitment to yourself. When you return to work, you’ll be able to revisit projects with fresh eyes and new ideas.
Keep Social Commitments
If you’ve planned to attend a friend’s dinner party, a family picnic, or your child’s school play, keep to those commitments. Chances are that nothing will fall apart if you’re out of the office for a couple of hours. If you struggle to keep these plans, start to view them as work events. Give them the same level of importance and you’ll find that it’s much easier to keep them.