If you’re wondering how you can achieve a work-life balance in a fast-paced environment with countless projects piling up, you’re not alone! Even if you love your job, never having time for yourself can be draining. You may think it’s impossible, but there are ways to help achieve that balance!
1. Set Personal and Professional Goals
Knowing your long-term goals in each area of your life (work, personal, family, etc…) is important when it comes to achieving a work-life balance. This can be a challenging task in itself, but working toward a goal will make decision making easier in the long run. Ask yourself what you want in each aspect of your life; broken down on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. This will keep yourself on track! It’s also important to figure out which aspect of your life is the biggest priority. Do you want to start a family soon? Do you want to continue climbing the corporate ladder? These types of assessments will better help you decide what balance is right for you and what extent of flexibility is needed to acquire that balance.
2. Set Boundaries
Technology plays a big role in work-life balance. Access to email and databases on devices away from the office can make it challenging to stop working. Some work environments and positions require 24-hour availability, but others don’t. So make sure your responsibilities are clear! If you aren’t required to take calls or emails outside of work, don’t, no matter how tempting! Breaks are important and will ultimately have you walking back into the office refreshed and more focused.
3. Ask for Help
Don’t bottle up your stress! Venting to a friend can be a huge weight off your shoulders if work is straining. If you work on a team, don’t be afraid to ask a co-worker for an extra hand if feasible. Sometimes our demands are larger than we can handle and it’s perfectly okay to ask for help. Remember to always return the favor! It is also okay to talk to your boss if you’re feeling overwhelmed. It’s better to tell them than to not make a deadline and make a situation worse. Your boss will be able to help and allocate the work where it’s needed to get the job done.
4. Turn off Distractions
Avoiding distractions can play a big role in work-life balance. Turning off your device, or whatever may distract you, will raise your productivity levels in the workplace. You will have 100% of your attention on the task at hand and be able to cross off that to-do list much sooner. This can ultimately lead to more downtime! Even when you’re enjoying your time off, it is nice to turn off those distractions. Relaxing and rejuvenating during your time away from your desk will improve your well-being tremendously. Try reading a book, going for a hike, meditation, or other hobbies that may interest you!
Everyone works differently, has different needs, and is in a different working environment. What works for you, may not work for someone else. There are many ways to help you achieve the work-life balance that is best for you. We hope these basic tips are a great starting point in your journey to balance!