4 tips to strike a better work-life balance
Whatever you do, it’s understandably easy to find yourself spending a disproportionate amount of your time focused on work. Yet we all know it’s important to create a healthy balance between work and play to lead happier and more productive lifestyles.
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Here are four tips to help you get the balance right:
- First things first, take a proper look at how you split your time
You first need to look at how your time is spread across all the demands from your professional and personal life. Then think about your work and non-work items, and try to prioritise tasks and events within both. If it helps, write down a list of all your tasks and commitments, the same list for professional and personal, so you clearly prioritise business tasks, but also make time for hobbies that you love and catching up with friends too.
Make time for the things in life that motivate you, and find a way to combine with your workload. Emma Jones, CEO at Enterprise Nation says that by implementing flexible working hours “the team are able to pursue their side passions. A couple of the team members are starting their own companies and it means they come into work more fulfilled.”
You also need to ask yourself, and answer honestly, do you ever have any time to yourself? If the answer is no, make sure you start setting aside time for you within this list. It can even be as simple as cooking your favourite meal or running a bath and promising yourself you won’t check work emails for the rest of the evening.
- Changing the way you work
Achieving work-life balance isn’t always a solid line. For example, working from home can be a great compromise when you need a quiet space to get your head down. Find out more about flexible working here.
Or it could be about doing more work from your mobile. “It enables you to come home at a reasonable hour, put the kids to bed at night, and know that you’re going to be able to continue to do business when they’ve gone to bed” says CEO at Mansfield Town, Carolyn Radford. Find out what works best for you, and then be firm about sticking to those regimes.
- Take a break to boost productivity
A healthy work-life balance isn’t just important for your mental health – it also improves productivity. Sometimes, it can be easier to take a break from a difficult task, try to switch off completely, and return with a fresh mind-set. To do this effectively you need a balanced amount of work, recreation, and rest in your life.
Founder and CEO of This Mum Runs, Mel Bound, took an interesting and inspirational approach “We have KPIs on things that are about balance and health & wellbeing, such as going to do exercise and doing things that are fun as a team.”
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- Get regular things in the diary and stick to them
Whether it’s sticking to a nightly dinner with your children or a bi-weekly meal out with your partner, there’s always time to actually have a life outside of work.
Working hard is important, but your personal relationships should never be compromised. The right balance often comes down to your own ability to prioritise according to what’s most important to you, so try to be honest with yourself about where the balance is, and make steps to change this if you feel it’s slightly off. And don’t be afraid to ask your closest friends and family if they think you’ve got the balance right too.
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