6 Ways to Maintaining a Good Work/Life Balance
Even if you’re of the lucky among us who love their jobs to death it’s important to keep a good balance between working and everything else that goes on in life.
Doing so in a society highly values productivity at this rate can be difficult, so here are some tips to think on to help maintain a good work/life balance.
Planning Out Your Time – and Sticking to it!
Making a schedule is fundamental to maintaining good productivity. Knowing that you mean to begin work at 8:00 am and intend to have a meeting at 9:00, start a new project at 9:30, and so on keeps your thought patterns organized and your flow efficient. But knowing that quitting time is at 5:00 means not only punching out but checking out mentally as well.
While it’s of occasional benefit to go over what needs to happen the next day it’s a much better idea not to let your preoccupations with your job bleed over into your next activities.
How can you appreciate the family you’re helping to raise when your mind is still in the office planning for a meeting the next day?
Not Guilting Yourself for “You Time”
How many times have you or someone you knew said “I really need to get out and do something today?” Or “I accomplished so much today!” on a Saturday?
Sometimes our go-gettem mentality can translate into feelings of guilt for not having a checklist of accomplishments done by the end of the weekend.
We can plan out our weekend time to get things done too, but the whole point of a weekend really is to relax, remember?
Take a breather, sleep in, eat breakfast slowly, maybe mow the lawn…Just slow down and don’t let “lost productivity” eat away into your less structured time.
Remember the benefits of stepping away
Sometimes solutions to problems elude us because we’ve been chewing on them for ages yet our minds are too fatigued to find novel solutions.
Remember that putting things down at the end of the day instead of continuing to mull over things is giving your brain a refreshing break.
Next time you come back to it you’re that much more likely to have a moment of inspiration because you aren’t carrying the same stale perspectives that frustrated you before.
Having people to bug you to go out and do things is a boon for the chronic over-worker. By the way, over-working also includes thinking about work when you’re not at work.
As long as you don’t say “no” one too many times you’ll have people who can get you out of constantly thinking about work. What you all do doesn’t matter, so long as it doesn’t involve discussing much work, either.
So try and branch out beyond your coworkers using sites like Meetup!
Stop making everything a goal!
Everything you do doesn’t need to be an accomplishment. A walk doesn’t need to be tracked with a fitness app or calorie counter.
Your lawn doesn’t need to be the nicest on the block. Your doodles don’t have to be fine art. Your crock pot creation doesn’t have to be the best at the potluck.
Remember that This is the only Life You Have
Unless you’re a Hindu or Buddhist, try to keep in mind that as far as we know, this is the only life you’re going to get.
Do you really want to slave away at work and then slave away when you’re off of work for some hazy notion of making it one day when you retire or become otherwise financially solvent? Where are you running to, exactly?
Life is now and it isn’t promised to you tomorrow. So don’t take it for granted; work is necessary but so is time for things that aren’t work.