Top Ten Ways to Manage Work-Life Balance
1) Learn how to say “no”.
Knowing how to diplomatically, but firmly, say no to commitments that will over-commit your schedule is an essential skill to develop in order to keep balance in your life.
2) Leave your work at work whenever possible.
In an age where e-mail and work documents are always just a click away, it can be hard to make a clean break at the end of the work day. But being able to separate from work when you’re not there, whenever possible, will help give you the mental space to recharge.
3) Schedule and prioritize downtime.
Downtime is usually the last item on the priority list, but it’s helpful to schedule it and guard that time with the same urgency that you would your work obligations.
4) Don’t succumb to guilt.
Sometimes things don’t work out the way we want and we wind up working into the wee hours of the night, or we have to tell our friends or family we can’t participate in something we’d really like to do. Spending time feeling guilty over these unavoidable circumstances only saps energy from our real priorities.
5) Power down at night.
As soon as possible, power off electronics, and don’t take them into your bedroom. Keeping these distractions outside of your resting space allows you to rest more easily and without the possibility of waking up to the buzzing of e-mail notifications or text alerts.
6) Prioritize your health.
Simple things like staying hydrated and making sure that you’re fueling your body with nutritious foods will go a long way towards making you productive across all areas of your life.
7) Don’t multitask
Although we all think that we can do more than one thing at once, the research shows that multi-tasking actually makes us less productive. Taking time to focus on only one thing at a time will ultimately make you more efficient.
8) Take time off.
It’s important to schedule time away from our obligations and responsibilities. Even a long weekend staycation gives you an opportunity to recharge and rest.
9) Build and rely upon a support network
Having friends and family who understand your goals and needs and who can provide support in your life is an absolute necessity. Although it can sometimes be difficult to ask for help, knowing your limitations and asking for support accordingly can help you keep your priorities well-balanced.
10) Understand that perfect work-life balance is an illusion
Finally, although we’re all working to achieve work-life balance, the most important part of doing so is understanding that having perfect balance all the time is impossible. Recognizing that will help prevent stress when things aren’t quite so balanced and will help prevent the agony of working towards an unattainable goal.