How to keep work-life balance?
Nowadays one of the crucial problems that people face is the lack of time. Many of us choose to work hard to earn money and gain better living conditions and high social status. By choosing this way we dedicate significant amount of time to our job or even worse: several jobs at the same time. And what happens as a result is the short amount of time left for living “outside” the job. You can say you “live” only at weekends as the weekdays are like alarm-coffee-traffic-workplace and coffee-workplace-traffic-bed. If you think you are free at weekends, let me make you sad and say that you are not. The fact is that here you have to make not-so-easy choices: choose whether to stay in bed all day and fix the lack of sleep gained during the whole week or to do housework or to enjoy your hobbies, to visit parents or finally meet a friend who you promised to meet already 3 months back or go for a walk. As a conclusion, it’s always hard to keep work-life balance when you have chosen the life of not only a dreamer but a dreamer + a hardworker. Let’s speak about some things we can change in our lives towards better work-life balance.
Set your goals
Messed up mind is not good, clarify your dreams, set your goals and start working. By not making decisions and not setting priorities in our life we lose the track and don’t know from where to start and where to finish. So be planned and organized, keep prioritizing and always keep the question “What is that one thing that I can’t live without?” on your mind. We should determine and specify our goals as much as we can.
Enjoy your work
Once your goals are set you should enjoy every minute of your life which leads you to your goals. Workplace is a place where we spend significant amount of time which means if we hate our job, we will be stressed out and sad the most part of the day. That’s not something we would like to happen, right? So if your work is not your dream job, think about all the positive things your job brings into your life. And why not, if you do not enjoy your work, consider changes, be flexible and always stay in search of something better and awesome for you. You are awesome and your job should be awesome as well.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Achieving anything great takes time especially when it comes to career which is not something you can build in a day. You should be ambitious and patient at the same time. Focus on your present, your current job and current tasks and always do your best. The positive results will follow.
Create your own rules and boundaries
Set your own boundaries and separate your personal life from working life. If you don’t do it yourself, others will dictate you. Turn off your computer when you do not want to work, decide specific times for checking your email, turn off any work related notifications not to trouble you while you are having rest with family and friends. Try to make special events with family and your dear people. Remember, your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.
Work smarter not harder
Honestly it’s not the hours that matter, it’s the quality of the work done that matters. You can work long hours but be less productive. Meanwhile you can have significant results by working less hours but working in a smart way. Working in a smart way includes being patient and organized, taking breaks whenever you need, having less distractions and high motivation.
Leave work at work
When you finish you working day, write down whatever is on your mind, new ideas, new tasks, make your to do list for the next working day and shut down your PC leaving your notes as well. Release your mind from all those tasks as soon as you walk out the door. Think that your working day is over already and try to think about other things in your life.
Forget about perfection
“What you have done may not be perfect but it is good enough.” Don’t put extra pressure on yourself. If you think about perfection all the time you will end up forgetting everything else and just working and working from workplace, from home, from restaurants, etc. Sorry to say but still you will not find perfection, instead you will just lose your personal life and gain exhausted brain and body.