Guide to professional work-life balance

With society moving at a faster pace than ever, most employees are feeling the pressure to work most of the time and to leave as little time as possible for themselves. While some CEOs may think that the longer their team works, the more they will achieve, but this has nothing to do with reality.

Studies have shown that it’s all about being productive and not working long hours. From experience, I can tell you that if your team feels satisfied after work, they will be significantly more efficient and your company will be more successful. In order to achieve some balance between your (or your employees”) work life and your personal life, here is what you can do:

Enjoy your work, enjoy your downtime

The first thing to know is that it’s ok to love working and love your downtime. Great professionals have the right to enjoy not working as well, there is no need to feel guilty about it. You should try to be as satisfied as you can while working, and then leave feeling good about the rest of the day. Once you leave work, try not to think about doing more work. You should relax instead with your friends, your family or just by yourself. The more relaxed you feel during this period of the day, the better you’ll be at work tomorrow!

Work on prioritizing your time

In order to achieve some balance, you should work on prioritizing your time. It’s not about the amount of time you spend working, it’s about the result. As you improve your organization skills, you’ll notice you’ll have more downtime. This will do wonders for you and it will probably reduce the amount of stress you have to face on daily bases. It’s all about good scheduling!

Set boundaries

Another important thing to do in order to achieve some sort of work/life balance is to set boundaries. It’s great to give you best at work, but once your work hours are over, you should move on to other things. Don’t bring your work home, don’t bring your stress with you everywhere you go, it won’t do anything for you. I would advise you to set clear boundaries, so that you can enjoy some personal time as well. Don’t let any part of your life take over everything else!

Make time for exercise

One important thing to include in your week is exercise. Exercise should not be an option, but a must in your life. It’s proven to do wonders for stressed employees and it works for everyone! There is an infinite number of sports you can do, so that can not be your excuse to not work out. Inform yourself on all the options, pick something that works for you and find the time to work out. You won’t regret it!

Take breaks, enjoy the Holidays

My last piece of advice would be to remember to take a break. You should not work 24h a day, 365 days a year. Don’t forget to make time for yourself and take advantage of your days off. Especially during the holidays! Taking some days off can really improve your mood and it may result in you being more productive after getting back to work. Don’t underestimate the power of days off!

 

As you can see, it is not impossible to reach some sort of professional/personal balance if you try. While it is hard to juggle everything, you should really think about work and downtime as integral parts of your life. If you are happy to work and happy to have some rest, you will notice that these are all elements of who you are. All you need to do is maybe work on having a healthy balance between these two! For more tips, visit my blog, comment on posts or contact me personally.

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