The term “work-life balance” is everywhere, and everyone from life coaches to co-workers is talking about it. The term generally refers to how well you do (or don’t) manage responsibilities and relationships throughout your life. When responsibilities become too great or too overwhelming, the relationships you have with family and friends begin to suffer.
The First Step…
The first step to improving life outside of work is breaking the routine of overworking and overstressing. Whether you’re a workaholic or perfectionist, finding a good work-life balance requires learning to leave your work at the office.
You might be the type that strives for perfection or someone who goes above and beyond what’s asked, but without any payoff, the cost is your own happiness and well-being. Apply that same determination and drive to areas of your life that will make you happier and more fulfilled.
Find some time to exercise every single day. Increasing your physical activity has benefits for health and stress management.
Proper exercise and physical fitness is a great form of stress relief. Exercising regularly improves outcomes of work-life balance while improving the quality of life.
Accountability is the most important factor in keeping your life balanced between work and everything else. Busy routines can contribute to a lack of interaction between friends and family, and ultimately weaken relationships.
Set work hours for yourself and do everything in your power to stick to them. Otherwise, before you know it, you’ll be working until midnight every night. At the end of each working day, perform a little self-analysis. Ask yourself what worked today, what didn’t, what went wrong and how the issue can be fixed.
The best tactic is to incorporate stress-busting activities like exercise, enrichment, and anything that fulfills your happiness. Reducing your anxiety and focusing on what you accomplish outside of work will help minimize the lack of control you feel at work and shift your focus to other parts of your life.
What does your day at the office look like? Would incorporating some of the above criteria benefit your day?