Being workaholic undoubtedly would boost your career, but at the cost of your personal life. Because you are sacrificing those precious personal moments in the daily grind! For most of us living in this highly competitive world, work-life balance seems to be elusive but is quite achievable if we plan it efficiently. Working round the clock causes stress, poor health and burnouts. Instead, try to follow these simple hacks for a better lifestyle.
1. Work ‘Smart’
Get sufficient quota of sleep everyday and not get overworked. Being sleep deprived can take a toll on your efficiency and work output. And for this, you need to be smarter at the workplace. Scheduling and tight prioritisation can help you work smartly. Try not to get caught up in less productive activities, such as unstructured meetings that tend to take up lots of time.
2. Learn to say “No”
Your generosity can be misused by others. Learn to say “No”. If you are not assertive when you’re asked to do something extra, you are sending out the message of your 24/7 availability, which often others take advantage of. It’s okay to extend your help to others, but know where to draw a line.
3. Keep away from emails
Official emails are not always meant to be replied instantly. If you are doing that, then you are indicating your round the clock availability and it will be difficult for you to disassociate yourself from the workplace even after the scheduled office hours. The best way to maintain a balanced lifestyle is to stay away from official emails on weekends and after office hours.
4. Leave work at office only
Closure is probably a vital aspect towards a healthy work-life balance. If you are daily carrying work home, then you are sacrificing on your personal responsibilities. In case if you are unable to complete your “to-do” list, let that get spilled over to next day and accordingly plan it. Carrying work home isn’t a solution at all.
5. Take a break
One needs to take a break to be more productive. Be it mental break in between work or a holiday to rejuvenate yourself. Keep your work aside and enjoy a break. Utilize those leaves and go visit places – it is important for both mind and body.
6. Tap into technology
A major aspect of maintaining a healthy work-life balance is to manage time efficiently. If you can manage your time properly, then you will obviously have time for yourself. Take help of technology sometimes to save time. Instead of driving to a meeting, which can be equally stressful, set it up on Skype or conferencing software like GoToMeeting.
7. Unplug yourself
Make some time for yourself in company of your near and dear ones. Unplug yourself from office laptop, mobile phones, WhatsApp groups and find some solace in enjoying some time with your family or an outing.
It’s easy to cancel the gym, the evening jog or the yoga class to meet a client deadline. But remember, a healthy body means a fresh mind, which means you will function better and complete tasks effectively. Also, exercise will ensure your wellbeing after retirement, and not office work. So find time for exercising.
9. Nurture relationships outside work
The best way to create work-life balance involves setting up quality time with your loved ones at home and in your circle of friends. Spending time with near and dear ones increases the bonding and relieves you from stress. Go, catch up with your friends or attend your college alumni meet to revive those connections.
10. Nurture your hobbies
Hobbies are a great way to express one’s creativity and unwind after a long day’s work. Infact professionals who engage into creative hobbies perform better at workplace. It also rejuvenates you and helps in re-discovering that passion in you. Photography, music, painting, blogging, cooking etc can not only make you a better person but also helps to bond with others around you.