Almost everyone experiences difficult periods at work. Projects build up, you stay up late, and you have to work on the weekends and evenings, yet the emails and messages keep coming in. It’s time to reevaluate your work-life balance and make some healthy changes to prevent job burnout when this hectic schedule becomes the norm. How do you recognize when it’s time to assess how your life and employment interact?
WHAT DOES “WORK-LIFE BALANCE” MEAN?
Everyone’s definition of work-life balance is unique, and you want to give your job your all.
To put it simply, work-life balance refers to not spending all of your waking hours working or thinking about work. Whether it’s traveling, developing a pastime, or spending time with friends and family, you make time for the things you like doing. You also set out time for yourself, whether it is to take care of your health or just unwind and decompress.
How to Maintain Work-Life Balance
WHEN YOU’RE AT RESIDENCE, DISENGAGE
“Put the phone down,” urges Dr. Sullivan. “We don’t have to be accessible all the time.” Constantly reading and replying to messages and emails increases stress levels, hinders relationships with loved ones, and has a bad impact on sleep. Turn off (or mute) your phone or keep it in a different room if you find yourself responding to every message or email that comes in, even after business hours.
BECOME MORE PRODUCTIVE AT WORK
Concentrate on one task at a time and work on it continuously until it is finished. Never attempt to multitask. To reduce distractions, shut off your phone and close your email. We can go home and spend time with our families if we’re productive and finish our work quickly.
Decide to schedule some time to work out. Plan and select wholesome meals and spend time with friends and family. Make sure your calendar includes those as non-negotiables. Never forget that taking care of yourself is a need, not a luxury.
Talking to your boss about important issues like setting limits or burnout might be scary. It will be easier to resolve any misconceptions if you are upfront about your demands, such as the fact that you don’t answer emails on the weekends because you are spending time with your family. Make a list of the items that would simplify and lessen the stress of your work. Set up a meeting with your supervisor to talk over your priorities—the things that are most crucial or that you can influence.