Finding a good balance between your work life and your personal life can be a challenge… to say the least.
We’re here to help with these five actionable steps you can take to find that healthy balance in your life.
1. Set clear boundaries between your personal and professional life
When it comes down to it, having a solid work/life balance is about being present with what you’re doing. When you’re at work, you’re thinking about your projects. When you’re at home with friends, family, or by yourself, you’re thinking about what you’re doing and seeing in the moment.
One of the best ways to achieve this presence in your personal life is to turn off notifications on your phone for work related apps and only check them during your work day. That means no Slack popups, email notifications or voice calls on your personal phone.
When you’re at work, you can keep an eye on your work-related notifications, but after your workday ends, it will only pull you away from your relaxation and social time.
2. Schedule your days ahead of time in your calendar or planner
While this might sound like overkill, being intentional about blocking out time for work and time for your personal life in a calendar can help you immensely. If you physically allocate that time by writing it down or adding it as an event in your digital calendar, you’re more likely to stick to it guilt-free.
I like to use colour-coded events in my Google Calendar to plan out my days. My work-related projects are all coloured green, whereas events in my personal life and my downtime get a blue colour. It helps keep everything organised and easy to manage.
3. Put your health first
You’ve probably heard it time and time again that your health is the most important thing you should be prioritising, but it’s true! If you don’t take care of your health, you’ll have a harder time finding the energy to excel in your career.
Here are some ways you can take care of your health to promote a better work/life balance:
- Take a proper lunch break away from your desk.
- Eat a healthy lunch.
- Stretch out your legs or go for a walk.
- Schedule time in your day for exercise.
- Practice meditation if you find it helpful for reducing stress and staying calm during the work day.
4. Use your vacation days
According to a study by Glassdoor, only 43% of UK employees took all of their vacation allowance. Despite that fact, people who don’t use their vacation days are actually less likely to get promoted in their workplace.
“Employees who forfeit their vacation days do not perform as well as those who use all their time,” the report stated. “While they may believe sacrificing vacation time will get them ahead, these employees are less likely than non-forfeiters to have been promoted within the last year (23 to 27 percent) and to have received a raise or bonus in the last three years (78 to 84 percent). This is on top of the $66.4 billion in benefits they lost by forfeiting time last year.”
Improving your work/life balance and making an effort to take a much-needed break can actually boost your career, so make an effort to book that holiday or stay-cation for yourself.
5. Don’t check your phone 30 minutes before you go to bed and 30 minutes after you wake up in the morning
It’s so tempting to check your work notifications if you’re already on your phone, so resist the temptation by putting your phone away before and after your precious sleep time. You’ll appreciate the peace, quiet and time to yourself in the mornings without having those incoming requests at work already on your mind.
We hope you enjoyed reading these tips and putting them to the test! Let us know on Twitter if you have any suggestions of your own you would like to share on how you found a good work/life balance. We would love to hear from you.