Because we live in a 9-5 culture that encourages long days of hard work, and sometimes even over-work, it can be hard to strike a healthy balance between your life and your job. Remember: you aren’t your job. You’re an individual with interests and priorities outside of the office. Because workplaces can be demanding, competitive, and reward extra work, it’s all the more important to find a compromise between your work life and your personal life. This piece is going to give you 6 tips on how you can do just that.
1.Do something that you love
Firstly, if you’re working a job that you love, it won’t always feel like work. If you can find a way to be passionate, creative and fulfilled in your work, you’ll be energised doing it, and you won’t feel burnt out at the end of the day. If you’re not loving your job, see if your employer can assign you new or different tasks!
2.Listen to your health
If you’re tired, fatigued, or experiencing health issues due to your job, listen to your body. If you leave your job feeling relentlessly fatigued at the end of the day, it might be time to find a new line of work. If your job is detrimental to your mental health, talk with HR about how you can improve your work environment. Mental and physical health shouldn’t be an expense of your job.
3. Make time for the important things
When considering work-life balance it’s important to remember what is important to you. If your job causes you to miss out on your partner, your kids, or your family–or other things that are important to you–you’re going to resent it. Make sure that you can schedule needed time off with your job so that you can enjoy the important things in your life.
4. Don’t take work home
Work should stay at work, and home should be for focusing on you and your family. If you work at a 9-5 job, the work stops at 5 o’clock. If you start worrying about work issues at home, your two worlds will collide in the worst way. Do your best to stay away from the office while you’re at home.
5. Utilise time off
If your job offers you paid time off, vacation days, and sick days, use them! That’s what they’re there for. It’s important to utilise the full benefits that your job offers you. Your employer accounts for paid time off days, and they’re yours to use. A good employer wont doxx your for using up all of your available days off.
If you lack energy and productivity at work, try out a light exercise regimen before work. Even a little bit of exercise will get your endorphins going, and get you energized, and feeling great! Exercise is proven to boost mood and workplace productivity. Besides being great for your personal health, it does wonders for your workplace output too.
These are just six of many tips that can help you create work-life balance. Balancing your personal life with your job is important–they’re two major aspects of your life that need to work in unison, so use these tips and let’s get healthy!