In today’s climate, achieving a healthy work-life balance can seem an impossible goal to achieve. The advent of technology has made employees accessible around the clock; we have longer work days and fewer holidays. According to the experts, these lengthened workdays and compounded stress is particularly damaging to our happiness, health and relationships.
It is worth keeping in mind that work-life balance carries a different meaning for each person. We’ve therefore compiled these tips to provide you with a blueprint that can be moulded to find your ideal balance.
Understand the Role of your Work
Within a person’s life, work plays a significant role. It allows us to earn the money that sustains our lifestyles while providing a method of saving for retirement, obtaining healthcare and engaging in yearly holidays. Realising that work is NOT your entire life and simply a means to your lifestyle can allow you to enjoy the fruits of your labour and allow strict timeframes for work and for pleasure.
Release the Fear of Unplugging
Today we reside in a world that never takes a moment to sleep, and where everything happens online, and we’re so worried that we might miss something should we unplug from it. We tend to forget that taking a break from the outside world actually gives us an opportunity to recover from weekly stress.
Keep a Routine
To achieve the work-life balance that you desire, it is imperative that you remain on track. The best way to achieve this is to set a daily routine. According to the experts, establishing strong habits will provide you with a happier and healthier life. The basic habits to consider are the following:
· Sleep a full eight hours a night
· Do NOT check emails first thing in the morning as soon as you wake up
· Eat properly
· Exercise regularly
Embark in “Me Time”
Your entire life was not meant to be spent working. Keep firmly in mind that you are an individual with hobbies, friends and family. To be the best that you can be for yourself and all those in your life, it is imperative that you take some “me time” to rejuvenate and relax YOURSELF. This does not have to consist of expensive holidays or spa treatments, it could be simply a hot bath, some time alone reading a book, enjoying a leisurely coffee, or a long walk. Simply take time to enjoy solo activities so that you can clearly tackle your daily routine with (relative) ease.
Take Your Holiday!
You earned this time and you have the right to utilise it. Whether you embark upon a staycation or venture outside of your comfort zone, take time to rejuvenate and reconnect, whether it’s with yourself, with nature, or with family and friends. At least once a year, you need to take a break from work, even if it’s simply an extended weekend. Experts contend that a step back is required to properly recharge mentally and physically.
We understand how hard some of this advice might be to put into practice, especially for those running a business, or attempting to set up on their own – which is where we come in! With the support of our qualified and experienced PA’s, you can free up your time, alleviate some of the stress, and ensure that you start making some serious steps towards your quest for a good work-life balance – without your business suffering! Get in touch with our team to find out more!