Doug Ross’ 5 Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Work-Life Balance
Today, work-life balance may seem impossible to reach. Because technology allows us to be accessible at all hours of the day, it has become more difficult to escape “work mode”. Fear of job loss can also bring forth the feeling of needing to work longer hours, whether it means bringing work home, or staying at work a few extra hours per week. Whatever the case, the compounding stress from overworking yourself can be damaging; it can hurt your health and happiness, and weaken relationships with not only yourself, but with others as well.
So, is it possible to maintain a healthy work-life balance in the modern day? Absolutely! Although Doug Ross believes that work-life balance means something different to everyone, he knows that these five tips will help you find the balance that’s right for you.
1. Be realistic:
A great place to start in your journey for a healthy work-life balance is by setting realistic boundaries between work and non-work items. Whether it means giving yourself a clear working time and allowing yourself to take mental breaks or resisting the urge to check your emails on your days off, these realistic steps will help you keep your work and personal life separate. Doug Ross notes that by not setting boundaries you can run the risk of overworking yourself which leads to burnout.
2. Prioritize tasks:
Once you’ve set realistic boundaries between work and personal life, you’ll be better equipped to prioritize the tasks you need to accomplish each day. Some ways to ensure your focus on the most important things — whether it’s at work or at home are:
· Collect a list of all tasks
· Assess your tasks and identify which are the most urgent
· Set timetables and always allocate time for mental breaks
· Be flexible and ready for the unexpected
· Know when to stop working for the day
3. Set time aside for yourself:
No matter what — give yourself alone time at least once a day. Instead of running yourself dry, make alone time a priority. Whether you need to take a few hours to run errands by yourself, exercise, or simply go outside and enjoy the fresh air — do it. Doug Ross believes that alone time should never be considered a waste of time, but rather a much-needed pause that will allow you to come back and be more productive at what you have planned for the rest of the day.
4. Use your vacation time:
Not only is taking time for yourself vital for maintaining a healthy work-life balance, so too are vacations. That’s why it’s so important that you actually use your vacation time. Today, many companies and workers are surrounded by the stigma of “not using vacation time” when in reality, we need nothing more than to use it. At the end of the day, Doug Ross asserts you will be more successful in both your work and home life if you use your vacation time to distress and come back to work refreshed and ready.
5. Learn to say no:
Learning to say no is actually a lot harder than you think. It can be easy to overwork yourself simply by saying yes to every small task that comes your way. And while keeping busy can be a good thing, being too busy causes stress. Simply put, don’t feel like you have to do everything. Instead, figure out if you really have the time and energy by being realistic and assessing your workload, first. It’s perfectly okay to say no if you feel you are fully booked.
By maintaining a healthy work-life balance, you’ll improve your overall well being, and in turn contribute to a healthy environment for yourself and for those who surround you. Doug Ross concludes that although the exact balance each person has between work and personal life may vary — it’s absolutely necessary to keep the balance as healthy as possible to avoid potential health issues.