Learning to balance your work and home life effectively is one of the most important things you’ll ever do. You might consider yourself to be somebody who ‘loves’ work, even a workaholic, but you’re not likely to have a very high quality of life if you don’t carefully find a way to strike the right balance.
Here, you’ll find some advice that will allow you to balance these two things and enjoy your life to the full:
Figure Out Which Activities Are A Drain On Your Time
Start by looking at how you spend your day with a critical eye. Chances are, you spend time doing things that are doing nothing more than draining your valuable time, such as emails and social media. These things can be huge distractions, and you should avoid checking them frequently. Maybe you shop online a lot – whatever your distractions are, become aware of them and avoid them. If you must do them, then have scheduled times for doing so and give yourself a time limit.
Stick To A Routine
Whether you’re working from home, in the office, or you have flexitime, stick to a routine. Get up at the same time each day, eat breakfast, and give yourself a nice routine that you feel comfortable sticking to. It can be difficult to get into the habit at first, but this will benefit you massively in the long run.
Get A New Job
If your job simply isn’t allowing you to live the life you want, then it could be time to look for a new one. You can use a free resume maker to get started on your journey to a new career, but make sure you also consider the sort of lifestyle you want as well as your strengths and passions. It’s never too late to make a change!
Don’t Be A Perfectionist
There’s no such thing as perfection. You can settle for ‘good enough’, and that is perfectly acceptable. When you accept things probably won’t be perfect, you’ll be able to get into a state of flow and stop blocking yourself.
Wherever You Are, Be Fully There
Whether you’re working on a project or at home eating dinner with your family, make sure you put your full attention onto it. This can almost be a form of meditation, and it doesn’t matter what you’re doing! This can be difficult as most of us have such scattered attention spans, but with practice, it can give a much better quality of life overall.
If you are able to, knowing how to delegate can make things much more pleasant at work and at home. Delegate to your colleagues strengths, and give your kids responsibility, too.
Take A Break
Taking regular breaks is crucial to your wellbeing at work. In fact, studies suggest that taking shorter breaks more often could be the key to getting more done without suffering from burn out. Try it. You could even take a 15 minute nap!