Some people think that work life balance doesn’t exist. I disagree, I think work life balance is real and that it can be reached. Yes, I work a decent amount, but I think I still have work life balance because I know how to manage it.
I used to be much worse. I would work at all hours of the day, I never saw anyone I cared about, and even my eating habits were horrible.
Below are different ways for you to achieve work life balance:
Leave work at work.
If you constantly bring work home, then you need to find a solution to this. You should be attempting to leave your work at home and not bring your work home all the time. This is a very important step. Many people who claim they have bad work life balance say that they bring work home.
I understand that some people feel that they need to bring their work home. However, if nothing else works, then you may want to look into getting a new job. I’m not saying that everyone should go out and quit their job just because they have a heavy workload, but if you are not happy then complaining won’t help you 🙂
Schedule in downtime.
If you are a schedule person, then you should schedule in some free time and breaks. It’s really that easy. For example, if you get home around 5 p.m., make anything after 5 p.m. work free. Or, if you can’t do that, try to schedule an hour or two each night to eating dinner with your family.
Start saying no.
Saying yes to everything is great, and I’m sure everyone loves you, but occasionally you will have to say no. You should start evaluating whether or not you actually need to do something before you say yes to every single task that comes your way.
Force yourself to stop.
If nothing else works when it comes to achieving a work life balance, then you may have to actually force yourself to stop working.
This means even if you are working on something that you put it down and just give yourself a break. I don’t care how important something is, every now and then you just need to relax and actually enjoy your life.
Do you have a good work life balance? Why or why not?
What are you doing to change your circumstances?
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