In today’s world, the working hours have slipped from 9am-5pm a day to 8am-7pm a day. This transition was not a natural process but something that we had allowed to happen with our consent. Having a right work-life balance is not only good for your health but also for your relationships that you have with people and improving your work performance.
With the constant pressure and increased work-load, creating a healthy balance between work and play is extremely vital when it comes to leading a happy and productive lifestyle.
Here are some rules that you should stick to for having a balance in all aspects.
Don’t take your work along with you at home.
Learn to stop talking and bringing back work home. This will mean that all the pressure and tension that come along with the work will be shared by the family members as well. Not only will it hinder relationships at home, but will also make us sleep deprived and sometimes depressed. Therefore, once you shut your laptops, leave it.
Try doing smart work, not hard work.
Don’t confuse it to work less. A lot of people work hard, but only a few become really successful. That’s because smart work is what makes the difference.This involves to prioritise your work and allowing yourself a particular amount of time per task. Try not to invest more time in less productive activities.
Learn the art of saying ‘NO’!
Rather than multi-tasking, try overlapping.
By multi-tasking, not only will you get exhausted, but you might also risk of completing the tasks with low efficiency. Overlapping of tasks means, if you are fond of playing a sport in your free time but also need to spend quality time with kids, you can introduce the particular sport to them in order to spend some quality time with them and play the sport at the same time.
Don’t hesitate to ask for help.
If you see yourself getting often overwhelmed at work, then don’t hesitate taking help from your colleagues. Even personally, if you are not feeling yourself, then there is no harm in taking help professionally or at home.
Seeking for help is not someone’s weakness, but is definitely a sign of strength.
Being healthy and fit will help you in taking stress easily without affecting much. It will also reduce sick days. Therefore exercise, stay active and eat healthy. As much as addictions like cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs lure into our way, keep them aside and learn to live without them.
Take advantage of your company’s employee assistance program.
It is essential for employees who are experiencing some serious personal problem to communicate with well-trained counselors. An Employee Assistance Program can give you a way to cope with personal issues that can have a negative impact on your job performance.
Do communicate effectively.
To be able to communicate the things that are bothering you is one of the great qualities that a person possesses. Be honest with what you think and suggest alternatives, but don’t complain. Being able to communicate not only at your work-place but also at home is extremely important. This helps in improving your personal relationships. It is also said that a healthy relationship consists of a good communication among people.
Manage your time efficiently.
If you have been assigned a big project, try dividing it into smaller tasks. The less time you give in delaying the work, the more time you can give to your family.
Do not try to over commit
Today, professional life is being regarded as a culture of ‘Yes, Sir’ or ‘Yes, Ma’am’. Even at home, we feel compelled to agree to whatever has been asked of us as we feel it is our duty to do so. It is because we don’t want to disappoint. Rather than getting their hopes high and then disappointing later on, it is better to turn them down right away. A person can do only a certain amount of things a day, and it is completely fine to stop when you feel you have done enough.