Everybody wants a good home and work life. But in today’s age of modern technology and communication, finding a comfortable balance between the two has become difficult.
It is incorrect and problematic to think that in order to achieve success in your career that you have to compromise your home life. Moderation is key to many things in life and work is no different. People that are constantly working and tied to their job can suffer from stress and the possibility of burnout. The overworked are more likely to be absent or suffer health problems and be less sociable and difficult to work alongside. While, neglecting home life can lead to problems with relationships and family, so it is important to avoid these issues by successfully balancing work with a healthy social and family life.
To achieve a good balance you need to have good time management, knowledge of your priorities, and a strong passion to achieve that will help you avoid burnout and live a successful and well balanced life. But how can you achieve and maintain this state?
- Define your priorities
Everybody has their own unique set of priorities. Some people focus entirely on making money. However, no matter how much effort you put into your work and how much time you dedicate to your career, if your intentions and drive for work are not balanced, it will ultimately result in burnout and failure. There is nothing wrong with dedication to your work, but this should be balanced with your personal goals and priorities.
- Love your work
It is a cliché but it’s true. If you love what you do for a living, it will never feel like work. You should venture into a business or a career because of your skill set and passion or interest. The main reason people become frustrated with their job is because they treat it like a necessary evil in their lives. They don’t enjoy what they do and often complain about their job. To avoid this stressful feeling you should find a career that you enjoy and seek out new tasks and projects.
- Set boundaries
Don’t allow your level of commitment to your job be defined by the amount of work you have accomplished. A good professional knows to set boundaries for their work and personal life. It is rare that a job will last a lifetime, but relationships and family ties can, so do not dedicate all of your time to clients and your career. Time is precious and family and friends should not be neglected.
- Set aside some personal time
A good professional knows that their clients and co-workers’ time is important and must be respected. The same is true of your family, so try not to bring your work back to your home life, or bring your personal life into the office. The people at the top of their fields, from business leaders to top athletes, know the importance of rest and recovery time. Make sure to leave enough time to get enough rest and sleep. Feeling refreshed and energised enables you to take on tasks and projects in your career with more focus and increased productivity.
If you’re struggling with your work-life balance, it may be time to think about getting extra support so that you can achieve your personal and professional goals and keep yourself and everyone around you happy. At MY PA we can help with tasks for your professional life, just get in touch with us to find out more.