5 Ways To Achieve Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance means different things to different people. But everyone can agree that staying at a job you hate has major negative consequences. There are cases where people who love their work, end up burning themselves out without knowing the exact cause of it. It’s not always easy to detect when things start to shift and go awry.

Here are five tips to make sure you keep your work-life balance in check.

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1. Learn how to let go of things.
Trying to be perfect and be everything to everyone ensures failure. Cut out the things that are stressing you out and it’ll give you time to focus on more important things.

2. Establish boundaries at work, and stick to them.
Technological advances allow employers to offer a flexible environment, which is a job perk considered by most employees. The downside of this is in some cases, employees are expected to be available 24/7. Sit down with your manager and have a discussion which outlines the expectations of you and set boundaries on things like your availability outside of work.

3. Prioritize your time.
Do a brief assessment of your daily activities and identify what can be done to improve your productivity throughout the day. Cut out people or activities that don’t seem to add anything.

4. Be selfish about your “me” time.
Self-care is imperative if you want to be the best version of yourself. Take some time to yourself; hit the gym, watch an hour of mindless television before bed or take half an hour in the morning to meditate. Just 30 minutes a day is enough to reduce stress and anxiety and increase social enjoyment and happiness.

5. Ask for help.
Learn to accept that sometimes that demands upon you are greater than what you can shoulder and that it’s alright to ask for help. Reach out to your support network if you need some help in covering some overdue work or vent out to a friend if you need to. But always be willing to pick up the slack for those your support system when they need it too.

We all have competing demands in life and it is easier to get swept away into an unbalanced dynamic. By following these simple steps, you can be back to your ideal equilibrium again in no time. 

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