5 Tips To Improve Your Work-Life Balance in 2015
The holiday season is over, and now it’s time to focus our energy to start 2015 off with a bang. Many of us utilize the start of a new year as a fresh beginning and time to create a healthier and happier version of ourselves. However, with workplace pressure rising and job security fears blurring the lines between work and life, it’s the perfect opportunity to consider new approaches to maintaining a healthier work-life balance to ensure 2015 is better than ever. Follow these 5 tips to help you strike a balance that suits you and your lifestyle.
1. Go offline
While technology continues to facilitate the activities in our daily lives, it also breeds unrealistic expectations of accessibility. Today, employees are often required to respond to business matters well past the close of business via their smart phones, tablets and other devices, but it is important to resist the urge to check work notifications in order to maintain some level of work-life balance. Know your limits and when to switch off your phone or laptop to enjoy the life that is right in front of you. While everyone has a different perspective as to what creates a healthy work-life balance, always ensure that you are prioritising what really matters to you in the long run.
2. Learning to say no
For the people pleasers in life, it is often easier to sacrifice our own needs and wants to satisfy the demands of others – but continuing on this path has the potential to hurt your relationships, health and overall happiness. Learning to reflect on what you truly want and using your power to sometimes say ‘no’ may be the key to developing a healthier work-life balance.
3. Relinquish perfectionism tenancies
Perfectionists can often find it difficult to maintain a healthy work-life balance in their efforts to perform well at everything. As you develop in your career, if your family expands or if you are taking on more responsibilities, attaining perfection is often a near impossible feat. In reality, life isn’t perfect and it’s often our own expectations which causes us to become burnt out and unsuccessful. Embracing mistakes and allowing them to form part of your life will help bring a new perspective to achieving a realistic equilibrium between work and life.
These days our lives are incredibly busy and we often fall into a routine of ‘work-eat-sleep’, with little time for things we love to do the most. While some of us are privileged enough to exercise our passion though our work, many don’t. This is why booking time away from work to actualize those passions is crucial to recharging our energy, refreshing our perspective and reducing stress levels.
5. Exercise regularly
Maintaining a healthy work-life balance can be stressful, and relieving the tension associated with stress is so important. One way is by sustaining a regular exercise routine. Exercise not only contributes to meditative frame of mind, but helps to release endorphins to lift your mood. A clear mind and healthy body can be the secret to getting a more restful sleep and waking up more refreshed to tackle the day ahead.
What do you think?
What are some of the ways that you maintain a healthy work-life balance, or can you suggest other tips to help? I’d love to hear other advice you can give to readers.
This article was written by Tina Beatrice on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB. Image sourced from Unsplash.