“Work-life balance” — it’s a phrase we’ve all heard before, but what does it really mean? And more importantly, how do we actually achieve it?
Finding the Perfect Work-Life Balance
Love what you do.
Just like a great day at work can keep you smiling long after you’ve left the office, a bad day can have the same effect.
Set manageable goals at work.
Studies show that feelings of accomplishment are closely tied to feelings of happiness. When you sit down each morning, make a realistic to-do list and check them off one by one. At the end of the day, take a moment to look at all you have accomplished.
Use your time at work efficiently.
Are you leaving work late because your workload is too much or is it because you take breaks several times throughout the day? While we all need a few minutes of downtime, your day shouldn’t consist of more downtime than it does work.
And not only can procrastinating extend your workday, but it can also make tasks build up in your mind until they seem impossible to accomplish.
Be honest with your coworkers.
From a family emergency to an unexpected problem at work, there are a number of reasons why you couldn’t get to the last thing on your to-do list. When this happens, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Just make sure to reciprocate the favor the next time your colleagues are in a bind!
Actually be away from work when you’re away from work.
Remember the days when all someone could do if they wanted to reach you was page you? Today, they can email, call, text, direct message, and about five other things if they want to reach you, which means many workers feel as if they’re always on the clock.
When you’re at home for the night, on vacation, or otherwise away from your work, take that time to relax with your family, see friends, or partake in a hobby.
Make your health a priority.
Being in good shape not only makes you less likely to take unplanned sick days, but it also improves your tolerance for stress and makes you more productive. Especially if you have a desk job that requires you to sit for most of the day, it’s so important to get up and moving when you have downtime.
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