Achieving a healthy work-life balance requires managing our professional and personal life in sustainable ways that keep our energy flowing, and our minds and bodies healthy.
Work-life balance can be achieved when we give due attention to things that enrich and fulfill us including work and career, health and fitness, family and relationships, spirituality, community service, hobbies and passions, intellectual stimulation, rest, and recreation.
There are steps you can take to improve your work-life balance.
Track your time
The beginning step in achieving a balanced life is by analyzing your current situation. Keep a time log of everything you do for one week, including work-related and personal activities. This data will serve as an eye-opener, helping you understand how you are using it and where you are losing your time.
Determine your priorities
Take some time out to reflect on what is most important to you, and make a list of your top priorities at work and home. Then analyze your time audit by asking yourself these key questions: What do I need to start doing? Stop doing? Continue doing? Do more of? Do less of? Do differently?
Set specific goals
Turn your list of priorities into measurable and concrete goals and block the time into your schedule for activities just like you would for an important meeting or a doctor’s appointment.
Planning the day-to-day activities is another way of managing a good balance between work and life. It helps individuals to prioritize their actions following the importance of a task.
Prioritize your mental health
Your health should always be your No. 1 priority. If you are not in a good shape physically, mentally, and emotionally, then your work and personal life will suffer. Take care of yourself by eating healthy meals, exercising at least three times per week, and sleeping a minimum of seven hours per night.
Leave work at work
Most often, the employees carry their work home to make up for the deadlines. The inability to leave work at the workplace is a major issue resulting from the excess workload born by the employees. Committing to work during off-hours hinders the amount of rest needed by the human body.
Work smarter not harder
Utilizing time more efficiently is an important skill that everyone must learn. Adopting the right combination of time-management practices can cut stress and save you up to an hour a day. This can include the use of technology to become more organized, grouping emails and voice messages, avoiding procrastination, and learning to say "no."