Work, Life, Balance!

Work/life balance is something many of us continuously strive for but rarely feel we achieve. Here are some simple tips to help you on your way.

1. Look after your health

Recognise the signs of imbalance, such as stress and fatigue, and respond to them accordingly. A balanced diet, regular (daily) exercise and sufficient sleep can help you to remain healthy and happy.

2. Manage your time

Time management doesn’t just happen; it requires both planning and effort. You can begin by prioritising all tasks and concentrating on those that are most important. Using deadlines and giving yourself rewards can also help to keep you on track.

3. Learn to say ‘no’

Next time you are asked to take on more than you can handle, or work back late, don’t be afraid to say no. Delegation is another useful skill, so consider getting the kids to help out with the housework at home (you would be surprised at what they are capable of achieving) or ask for a colleague’s help to shoulder the work burden.

4. Investigate flexible employment options

Opportunities such as flexible working hours and the option to work from home may be offered by your employer. If you want to negotiate a flexible working arrangement, be sure to explain to your employer the benefits to the organisation.  If you are self-employed, consider gradually stepping away from your business and trust an employee to shoulder some of the load. Your time may be far more valuable working on the business, than in the business.

5. Take time out for yourself

If you don’t look after yourself, no-one else will. Allocate sufficient time in your week for ‘me time’. It can improve your wellbeing, as well as your relationship and your career. Schedule it in your diary.

6. Use your leave

If you’re feeling run-down, don’t hesitate to use any leave entitlements owing to you. Using your annual leave can provide you with some much needed rest and relaxation, and you will return feeling re-invigorated.  For those who work for themselves, schedule and pay in advance for short, regular mini breaks– then you will be more inclined get away.

7. Embrace technology

Technology can help you to become more efficient, for example, by ordering groceries online, which can free up valuable time to spend doing the important things in life. However, technology can also be a time waster, so make sure you stay in control of how much personal “screen time” you have every day.

With focus and discipline you can achieve your own work/life balance. Test and measure, and see what works for you.

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