How is your work-life balance? Would you say you have an equal division of your time spent between work and your personal life? Take your time to think about it and be mindful of this whilst you read this post.
As the saying goes, ‘don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life’
We as working women should be trying our ultimate best to improve our ‘work-life balance’ to nourish our physical and mental health. We’re all somewhat responsible for our own way of life and how we spend our time but the inevitable happens and we can easily get caught up with having too much of one and not enough of the other. We’re now living in a society where work is supposedly meant to be your core value, your entire life and nothing else is meant to matter… people even fear calling in sick, how crazy is that?
A poor work-life balance will usually cause burn out and stress, basic tasks might become more difficult to complete, you’ll feel tired and frustrated and be super irrational leading to poor work/lifestyle choices, that’s why it’s important to get a healthy balance of the two or at least be mindful and aware of what you need to be doing.
6 Simple Steps Towards a Healthy Work-Life Balance
Prioritise Your Time (in and out of work)
Always be sure to start the week/day with a clear understanding of what needs to get done in work and outside of work.
Plan your week, what are the most important tasks that need to be completed and when do they need to be done by? I always think getting the more complex parts of my to-do list done first is the most effective and then the smaller ‘less priority’ tasks can be done after. Organise your calendar and make sure this reflects everything you need to do, you can even put in your ‘down time’ just so you know where your time is being spent.
What do you need to get done this week? Use a diary or make a Monday-Sunday list.
Prioritise the things you need to do the most that will make your week a lot easier I.e. – get the washing done, clean the house, do the food shop and meal prep your lunches for the week ahead.
Urgent and important
Important but not urgent
Urgent but not important
Learn to Say No & Respect Your Own Time
You don’t have to commit yourself to every plan your family and friends suggest, if it’s something you want to do then do it but don’t feel obliged to do everything that comes your way. Don’t be a people pleaser do things to please yourself (it makes it more enjoyable for yourself and those around you)
If you’re overwhelmed at work don’t be ashamed or afraid to ask for some support, don’t take on more than you’re possibly able to do. It’s all about balance but if getting into work an hour earlier or staying an hour later will help you get on top of things then do it. Just make sure you treat yourself with more you time after!
Do Something Every day that Makes You Happy
Nothing more really needs to be said about this one because it’s each to their own and self-explanatory, we all have our own personal life pleasures. It doesn’t matter how big or small they are every time you think of something that makes you feel a little refreshed and happy write it down and refer to the list every time you’re due to have you time.
Read a book, go for a walk, catch up on your favourite programme, bake a cake, speak to friends/family…
Reflect on your work/life balance
For a few weeks keep a record of your day, what mood are you in?
What made you happy?
What could you have done to improve your day?
How has your day made you feel?
Are you stressed at work? Are you on auto pilot and over tired when you’re home?
This is a great way to reflect, learn & adapt.
Work Out & Eat Well
A poor diet and a not so active lifestyle have a damaging impact on our daily routines. Our mindsets at work can be tarnished with an unhealthy diet and we could feel lethargic during our spare time. Eat little and often with a nutritious plan and treat yourself to a guilty meal/snack when you feel like it & work out when you can, take walks, use the stairs and pick up a sporty hobby (gym/swimming/tennis etc)
Health = productivity
Scrap Any Guilt
We can’t always get the perfect 50/50 balance but we can try our best, don’t get overwhelmed and disheartened when you’ve had a bit more work to do and a little less lifestyle over the course of a few days or weeks… we aren’t always in control and that’s just life.
Embrace it at all costs, acceptance is an empowering trait to have as it keeps you balanced and present.
Find ways that work for you, don’t overdo either and abandon one over the other. Make sure you have something to look forward to (plans after work and on the weekends & even ‘that’ holiday, we don’t get annual leave for no reason!)
Don’t forget to asses and adapt your situation & accept the fact you won’t get a perfect 50/50 especially if you don’t work for it. Only you can decide what your ideal balance is, we’re all different and have a million other priorities to one another it is very personal and whatever you decide is fine.