How to Improve Your Work-Life Balance
In today’s career driven world, it can seem more difficult than ever to achieve a healthy work-life balance. Technology makes it easier than ever for people to access work from anywhere at any time. A growing workforce and not enough work makes jobs more competitive than ever, driving those who are already employed to do more so as to maintain their employed status. The rising cost of living encourages workers to put in more hours so as to make up for the difference in pay and their bills.
Today, the average worker in the U.S. works approximately 50 hours a week. Not even 20 years ago, that average was 40, which other countries think is even too high. Though more hours means more money, it also means less time with loved ones, decreased personal satisfaction, poor health and an overall sense of unhappiness. If your life has suffered because of your work habits, it’s time to find that elusive work-life balance that everyone’s been talking about. Here are a few tips for doing so:
When you have constant access to your email, it can be easier than ever to check them “real quick” while you’re at dinner, in a movie or relaxing with your family after a long day at the office. However, checking emails hardly ever ends in just reviewing them; rather, it usually leads to panic, frustration and ultimately, more work. When you leave the office for the day, leave it for good, and unplug from all devices. If you need your phone during the evening hours, uninstall the email app.
With everyone else around you focused on trying to achieve perfection, it can be so easy to want to do the same. However, perfectionism is an impossibility, especially when you have a spouse, children and other full-time commitments. Always do the best that you can, but at the end of the day, if something doesn’t go according to plan, seek condolence in the fact that you tried and that there is always a tomorrow.
Limit Time Waste
Time is a person’s most precious commodity, which is why it is so surprising that people waste it on people and activities that don’t really make them happy. If you find yourself always wanting for time, ask yourself, “What am I doing, or who am I spending time with, that doesn’t make me happy?” Chances are that you’ll come up with a whole list of things. Eliminate those things from your life (at least, as much as you can) to make more time for the people and activities that matter most to you.
Achieving a healthy work-life balance won’t be easy, but it will be well worth it. If you’re ready to do more of what makes you happy, use the tips above.