Life as we know it is difficult and stressful. We are all trying to do everything that is required by society, our family and our employers daily, but it never seems like there is enough time in any given day to get everything completed. So how do we create a good work and life balance? Below are a few great tips on how to achieve the perfect balance.
Work Smart, Not Hard
In today’s society, most people tend to think that if they work more, they will achieve more and as this may be true for certain individuals, it should not be the rule for the general population. Time management is vital if you wish to achieve the most you can, in as little time as possible. To do this, you will need to prioritize and allow yourself a certain amount of time for each task that needs to be completed. Stick to the time schedule that you have set out for yourself!
Learn How to Say NO!
As much as we would all love to be the most popular employee in the company, we cannot and should not be a slave to our boss 24/7. If you are “that” person who always just says YES to everything, it is time that you learn to say NO more often. If someone needs something from you and you cannot do it because of other responsibilities, you need to be assertive and tell the person that you are not able to assist them with their request. Remember, that by being assertive, you are not being rude!
Leave Work There – At Work
If you tend to take your work home, you will more than likely not have enough time left to spend with your family, which is not fair to them or yourself! Take charge of the situation – once you leave the office, leave your work there as well. Do not sync your work email address to your mobile device because if you do, you will notice yourself checking continuously without even realizing that you are doing it. There is nothing worse than being out to dinner with your family, having a great time, only to have it destroyed by the “ping” coming from your mobile.
Stop Being Available at a Moment’s Notice
If you are the person who always responds to requests immediately, your colleagues will learn to expect this from you in future. It is your job to let them know that you will not always be the one to bail them out in future. You need to make it very clear that you will respond to their emails, but that it will be within 24-48 hours. They need to know that you will not always be their “fall guy”, but that if it is an urgent matter, you will do what you can to assist them with their needs. It is important to remember that there are other people who are more than capable of doing whatever it is that is needed from you.
In a nutshell, it is vital that you find a work and life balance to keep your sanity and health in good order. Work is important, but so is family! One day when you retire, your family will still be there, but your job will not.