When you struggle to balance work and life, it can affect your health in meany ways.
Being so chaotic and moving around at the speed of lightening trying to do it all, every day, is opening up the door to living an unhealthy lifestyle where you aren’t as happy as you could potentially be.
Over the last few years of working freelance and building my business I have been that chaotic person with no work life balance and I have learnt the hard way it takes its toll on every aspect of your life.
Today I want to share some tips to achieve a better work-life balance so that you feel less stressed, happier and are able to live life to the fullest.
Define Work-Life Balance
In order to achieve your maximum potential with work-life balance, you need to define this. Every person’s definition will be different. Figure out what a work-life balance structure will be for you to maintain health, happiness and reduce stress. This is all about learning to balance both areas of life in order to feel like you’re truly living life to the fullest.
Let go of Perfection
The first step to achieving a better work-life balance is to be realistic about what you can balance. Each of us has varying levels of patience and abilities. I can’t tell you how much of work and life you are capable of handling each day, but I can tell you that you need to be aware of where that limit is. Learn to stop the desire for perfection. Some things can wait until tomorrow or can you outsource jobs for work? I have found outsourcing some of my workload the key to balancing everything.
Be Sure To Love your Job
Not all of us are able to love our job, but when you can accommodate that, you must. In order to achieve the optimal work-life balance is to love what you do for work. When you truly love working, you’re happier during the downtime hours with family and friends. This will help you to balance each of these areas of life in a positive way.
Learn to Unplug
In order to obtain your optimal level of work-life balance, you must learn to unplug. Let go of your need to check emails, social media or anything else that doesn’t pertain to your family life during family time. When you’re getting work done or at a workplace, let go of anything that has to do with family life. Learn to unplug from one area of life when dealing with the other area for the best work-life balance.
There you have it a few ideas for achieving a better work-life balance. I am still on a learning curve and accepting that I need to be mindful of not letting things slide. Working from home can make it even harder to balance both commitments but I have accepted when I am working I can’t be a 100% perfect parent so need to step away and when I am at home I can’t be good at my job so defining the two has been massively helpful and has lead to me being more productive in both areas instead.