Sometimes it can feel like a good work-life balance is impossible. Over 60% of people say that they feel pressure at work and millions of people work 50–hour weeks or more. This can be seriously stressful and it can make it feel like you have no time to relax — but thankfully it is possible to reduce these effects. Here are four ways to maintain a good work-life balance.
Cut Out Time–Wasting People and Activities
One of the first things you should do if you want better balance is to cut out people and activities that waste your time. Sit down and think about what really matters to you; this is different for everyone, as everyone has different priorities. Once you have established your priorities you can create firm boundaries. Maybe you will only check email once a day instead of every hour when you are supposed to be working, or maybe you will avoid a chatty co-worker who always distracts you. This can be difficult, to begin with — especially if you are a people pleaser — but it is an essential step if you want to create balance. And if your co-workers really care about you, they will understand that you are trying to create a better work-life balance for yourself.
Restructure Your Life
If you feel like work and life admin are taking over, you could consider restructuring your daily life. Look at your life from the outside and see if there are any changes you could implement to make life easier. Maybe you want to spend more time in the evening with your children, or maybe you’d like to go to the gym after work. If that’s the case, consider doing more in the morning before work. You could put a wash on before you leave or you could do last night’s washing up. There are lots of ways to restructure your life so take the time and think about a new system that suits you and your needs.
Schedule a Break Every Day
It is also important to schedule a break every single day —even on the busiest working days! This can be tough if you have a hectic job and a family, but research has found that people quickly become stressed and demotivated if they don’t get time for themselves. So find some time for yourself every day, even if it is only half an hour at lunch, and spend the time doing something you really enjoy. This could be as simple as buying a LottoGo ticket and a magazine and sitting in the park. Just make sure you find some time for yourself every day.
Don’t Aim for Perfection
Finally, make sure you aren’t aiming for perfection. In school, we are taught that it is good to be a perfectionist, but this habit can be destructive for adults. In fact, it can even lead to burnout. Instead, aim for excellence and accept that perfection is an unattainable goal most of the time.
*This is a guest post.