In life we fill many different roles – professional, co-worker, friend, partner, parent, etc.
It can become difficult to fulfill the requirements for each role all the time. Therefore, it is so important to find a work-life balance when possible. Sometimes putting more energy into work takes energy away from being a good friend or partner. It shouldn’t have to be a give and take, but a balance.
By being able to separate your work life from your home life, you have more freedom to control where your energy is going. Not only is this balance going to benefit your home and social life, but it will also benefit your work life.
People who have more time for their personal life report high job satisfaction and, as a result, are less likely to resign. They are also more motivated and productive at work. The happier people are regarding their personal life and job, the less likely they are to develop illnesses and stress-related conditions.
This is a win-win not only for an individual, but also for a business.
Again, this is not always possible but should be prioritized when able. There will always be a tilt between the two because of the nature of life, some days we need to give more to work and others we might need to give more to family.
Here are some tips to try:
- Stop being available 24/7 (within reason, of course)
When you are in the habit of answering emails and phone calls outside of work hours all the time, colleagues may expect an immediate response from you. This puts pressure on you to constantly check your phone and email, which takes you away from your personal life.
Make it a rule to stop checking email after 8 PM every night, unless completely necessary.
- Try not to bring work home with you
By keeping work out of your house, you will stop associating your home with work. Create a distinct separation between work and your personal life by leaving work at the office.
For those working at home or on a hybrid schedule, it might be something as simple as closing the door to your office, shutting off your computer, or sticking to strict office hours, if possible. Just creating that separation from you and your work space can make a huge difference.
- Cultivate New Interests and Hobbies
Many people leave behind their hobbies once they enter the workforce. Finding time for your interests when you work all week can be extremely difficult, but it is important to make time for this.
- Schedule Personal Activities on your Calendar
Treat yourself to personal time with the same respect as your work time by scheduling it on your calendar. Me-time is necessary and will help you have a better work-life balance.