6 Simple Ways To Improve Work Life Balance
The concept of a ‘work life balance’ is regularly thrown around the workplace, however little of us actually take the time to work on our own priorities. According to Safe Work Australia, ‘mental stress costs Australian businesses more than $10 billion per year’. That is the statistic for when employees have stood up and said something – imagine the amount that hasn’t discussed their struggles. With increased stresses, it is now as important as ever to pay attention to your work life balance. Here are six simple ways to improve work life balance – follow them and you should be on the right track towards a balanced life.
Leave work at work
If you truly want to improve work life balance in your life, you need to try your best to separate the two. This begins with leaving work at work, and of course home at home. Avoid the habit of checking your emails at home, and focus on your personal priorities when you are in the home environment.
A well-known fact, exercise helps release positive endorphins and in turn puts you in a better mind frame to handle stressful situations. If you exercise on a regular basis, your mind will be stronger at separating work from home life. You will also find it will contribute to your productivity, which of course is important when it comes to deadlines and leaving work at an appropriate time.
Organisation is key to every job – if you know what needs to be done by when, there is no confusion and no need for added stress. If you are organised, you should be able to plan all out of your work for the week, and ensure that there is no need to stay back late every night.
Designate time for yourself
In this chaotic lifestyle, you must not forget the most important person – you! If you truly want to improve your work life balance, you need to set aside time for yourself and stick to it. Choose an activity that you find relaxing, such as reading, or going for a walk with the dog and forget about work. As Megan West, NYC community manager at Grubwithus said ‘Having an hour each morning to myself is a critical part of my work-life balance. I treat this like meditation, no talking, only coffee, breakfast and some simple writing to clear my head for the day”.
Set goals, and stick to them
It might sound silly to physically write down your goals, but having them close to you and top of your mind will help you stick to them. If you say you are going to be home every night before 7 for dinner – make sure it happens. If you would like to exercise every second day – prioritise it. It is possible to take your life in whatever direction you want, but you have to make the choice and stick to it.
Take regular short breaks
Taking the time to give yourself a short break is very important to improve work life balance. It will allow you to work more efficiently when you return to work, which will mean you are under less time pressure. It is also good for your brain to refocus on something new, and allow it to rest periodically.
What do you think?
What are your suggestions in order to improve work life balance? Each person would have his or her individual tactics, and I’d love to add them to this list. Comment your views below to let me know.
This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB. The following sources were used to compile the article: Safe Work Australia and Tech Co.