HOW TO STRIKE A PERFECT BALANCE BETWEEN WORK AND LIFE
If you’re finding difficulty in attaining the work-life balance, you are not alone. It turns out to be a huge challenge to prioritize between personal and professional life. When your work life and personal life are out of balance, your stress level is likely to soar. There was a time when the boundaries between work and home were fairly clear. Modernity often spells chaos in our daily lives turning our worlds differently. In this time, when people are focusing on achieving their dreams, maintaining a balance in their own life becomes a task in itself. Workload, pressure, and deadlines at work can create a disproportion in your professional as well as personal life. Surrendering to pressure is something which can be deemed as normal-thereby resulting in unhappy personalities. This might be especially true if you're concerned about losing your job due to restructuring, layoffs or other factors. Technology that enables constant connection to work can eat into time at home.
As long as you're working, juggling the demands of career and personal life will probably be an ongoing challenge. But if you can learn both to set limits and look after yourself, you can achieve the work-life balance that's best for you.
So we can say that work-life balance isn't out of reach. Start by evaluating your relationship to work. Then apply these strategies to help you strike a healthier balance:
· Setting limits:
You can't manufacture time. If you don't set limits, then work or other obligations can leave you with no time for the activities and relationships you enjoy.
· Manage your time:
Cut or delegate activities you don't enjoy or can't handle — or share your concerns and possible solutions with your employer or others. Organize household tasks efficiently, such as running errands in batches or doing a load of laundry every day; don't save all the laundry for your day off. Do what needs to be done and let the rest go.
· Make a list:
Put family events on a weekly calendar, and keep a daily to-do list at home and at work. Having a plan helps you maintain focus. When you don't have a plan, it's easy to be sucked into the plans and priorities of others.
· Learn to say no:
Whether it's a co-worker asking you to spearhead an extra project or your child's teacher asking you to organize a class party, remember that it's OK to respectfully say no. When you quit accepting tasks out of guilt or a false sense of obligation, you'll have more time for activities that are meaningful to you.
· Leave work at work:
With the technology to connect to anyone at any time from virtually anywhere, there might be no boundary between work and home — unless you create it. Make a conscious decision to separate work time from personal time.
· Reduce email access:
Check emails no more than three times a day — late morning, early afternoon and late in the day. If you access email first thing in the morning, you tend to focus on and respond to other people's issues rather than being proactive about your own needs.
· Take advantage of your options:
Ask your employer about flex hours, a compressed workweek, job sharing, telecommuting or other scheduling flexibility. The more control you have over your hours, the less stressed you're likely to be.
· Try to shorten commitments and minimize interruptions:
Most people can sustain a maximum level of concentration for no more than 90 minutes. After that, the ability to retain information decreases dramatically. When interrupted during a task, you need double or triple the time of the interruption to regain full concentration on your task.
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