For a lot of people, the pursuit of a healthy work/life balance seems impossible. With so many of us torn between juggling heavy workloads, managing family responsibilities, finding time for our spouses, and squeezing time in for our own hobbies, it's no surprise that San Francisco was rated one of the most stressed cities out there. And that’s not balanced, or healthy. So, how do you perform for life? Better question is: how do you find time for yourself? Let’s be honest, we all have to work - some more than others. Whether you’re a lawyer or a janitor, we all have our own responsibilities. In theory, we all have a brief understanding of what work-life balance means to us. Basically, “work hard, play hard.” It’s also good to keep in mind that stress affects everyone. Although we cannot eliminate stress entirely from our lives, we can minimize it by choosing to live life to the fullest. Whether that’s finding more time to spend with family, going on vacation, or reading a book, just find something you enjoy and take the time out of your busy work day to do it. In this blog, we’ll approach work/life balance in a couple of ways.
1. Set your priorities.
Work/life balance all starts with clarifying your priorities. There is no set model that works for everyone, so find what works for you. For example, my health is very important for me. No matter how busy my work schedule gets, I will try to find at least one hour of the day to get a workout in. There are twenty-four hours in a day - I’m pretty sure you can find at least one hour of that time to do something that you like.
2. Use your calendar.
What has helped me stay on point for the last few years was putting my priorities in my calendar. I put everything on my calendar, including my workout times, work time, events I have on the weekends, etc. This helps me keep track of what I have to do for work, but it also helps block out time for myself. If I don’t plan my week, I won’t get much done. Make a list of what you want to get done that week and stick with it. Having a schedule and prioritizing the most important things makes life a lot easier.
3. Master your time-management skills/become more productive at work.
How many times were you caught using social media, taking long lunch breaks, or chatting with co-workers in the office when you should be getting work done? Have you ever thought to yourself how much time you could have saved if you weren’t so distracted? All of that time could have been used for all of the things you said you wanted to do, but didn’t have time for. The key to achieving work/life balance here is to choose to manage your time. Choosing to manage your time effectively is the first step to living a healthier, happier life.
4. Take care of yourself.
Last but definitely not least: try to find time for yourself. Whether it’s going out for a jog, watching a movie, reading a book, etc. Just take a breath, step away from your responsibilities, and enjoy life. You can’t take care of anything else if you can’t take care of yourself.
Everyone has a choice of how they want to live their lives. So...why not now?? Take action and choose how you perform for life.