5 WAYS TO CREATE WORK LIFE BALANCE
From conversations with clients and friends alike, there is a collective commitment to create a better work life balance for us all. #lessworkmorelife
In a recent survey by Stylist magazine, 81% of respondents said they are now focused on creating a better work life balance.
Even those who are considering leaving their job and starting their own business are prioritising personal time and personal needs.
Let’s remember also that masses of bosses worldwide experienced their own pandemic / WFH stress so it is not surprising to see that leaders and organisations are becoming more aligned with work life balance.
Now is the time to implement – and stick to - work life balance strategies that give you and your loved ones a more balanced lifestyle and improved happiness. Here are five ways to improve work life balance:
1. Set healthy boundaries
Be honest with yourself about extra-curricular work requests and think twice before saying yes to something which is either outside your job description or eats into your personal time.
Stop obsessing about work or work-related stories in your free time. Notice if your mind runs away with itself in this scenario and consciously choose to think about something positive outside of work. By repeating this process again and again is like a gym workout for the brain and will re-train the way you think.
2. Manage your energy
Unless you are a robot, you have a finite amount of energy to fulfill everything in your day. Therefore, if you overextend at work, you will have less energy for your Self, family, friends, hobbies etc.
Look at your maximum daily energy possibility as a percentage, so 100%. If work takes 75% of your energy daily, you only have 25% left for anything outside of work.
How can you reduce the energy spent on work to create the work life balance you are seeking?
- Stick to your work hours
- Think less about work during your personal time
- Use your free time to do things you enjoy (versus feeling exhausted because work ate 80% of you today). This will naturally increase the importance, value and focus you put on your free time.
- Knowing your work and personal needs, what actions can you take to reduce energy spent on work?
3. Re-evaluate your finances
To reduce stress and time spent worrying about if you have enough money, know your income and expenditure well.
Globally, post-2020, we spend way less on going out and new items of clothing.
List the areas in which you saved money this past year and note how you can maintain some or even all of this saving.
Does a saving in one area enable you to invest in another area of your life which you couldn’t before? Eg. redecorating your home or designing a welcoming home office space if you are home working? Investing in a personal trainer, coach or other type of support system?
4. Don’t try to be all things to all people
The superhero status – and the perfectionism which comes with it - is thankfully becoming a thing of the past. If you try to be perfect for everyone, what happens to you? Exhaustion? Burnout? Emotionally unbalanced? Unhappiness?
It is totally acceptable to be a good or sufficient worker, a good partner, a good parent, a good friend. You do not have to be perfect.
5. Stick to your priorities
Prioritisation creates focus by taking the not-so-important items or tasks out of your immediate thought.
If you have a long to-do list, prioritise no more than three things. Focus on those first and then select and focus on the next three.
If your mind keeps wandering back to the big to-do list, steer it back to the task in hand or your top three priorities. By doing so, you are re-training your brain to stay focused, reducing overwhelm and creating new neural pathways.
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