For working professionals, it’s a given that you have to sacrifice aspects of your personal life to maintain a career.
It had been assumed in the past that you should dedicate your ‘working years’ to a career and look forward to personal time in the evenings, on weekends and during retirement. More recently, however, people seem to be more focused on how they can have a fulfilling personal life during their working years without sacrificing their career. They want to be as present as possible in raising of their children and able to schedule their workday around personal appointments.
If you’re looking to adjust your life in a way allows you to take care of more personal things, consider the following tips.
4 Tips For Finding Work-Life Balance
Tip #1: Don’t let ‘the perfect’ be the enemy of ‘the good’
The idea of work-life balance might conjure images of waking up a 10 a.m., working from a hip coffee shop, getting a workout in, and going out for cocktails around 5 p.m. However, you still have to work and deliver results.
Instead of chasing some fantasy work-life balance, strive for a realistic one. If you have a flexible schedule, you might be able to come in late, but that means staying late – or putting in time on the weekend. If you need to take your kids to softball practice at 4 p.m., you might have to work on a laptop while they catch fly balls.
The key is to look for work-life opportunities and jump on them when they come up, not chase a fantasy lifestyle.
Tip #2: Keep wellbeing in mind
Not having a rigid schedule is a blessing and a curse. It means you can easily find yourself up and working at 4:30 a.m. because your thoughts keep turning to work. You can also find yourself playing catchup on a Saturday, while everyone around you is getting in some much-needed relaxation.
If you do have flexible working arrangements, it’s important to listen to your body, maintain a healthy sleep schedule and a healthy diet. Don’t be afraid to put down the smartphone, close the laptop and de-stress as often as possible.
Tip #3: Don’t forget the ‘work’ part in work-life balance
If you hate your job, no amount of flexibility is going to make you feel better about it. Furthermore, an unfulfilling or stressful job will affect your personal life, completely undercutting the entire reason you want a better work-life balance.
Tip #4: Don’t forget the ‘life’ part in work-life balance
On the other hand, you don’t want constant connectivity to keep you from family, friends, appointments and hobbies. You likely wanted a better work-life balance to do more personal things, so don’t put them off because you feel obligated to your career. Otherwise, there’s no point in even pursuing a better work-life balance.
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