In today’s stress filled world, work and home life are often a juggling act. Demanding jobs, twelve-hour work days, hectic activity schedules and increasing family responsibilities can often take a toll on our physical and emotional well-being.
Are you becoming that person who is always checking your email even when you’re out? Or have you been given the label of the parent/friend/spouse who is ALWAYS working?
Don’t worry MACO family, we have a few tips that can help you regain some work-life balance.
1. Be Unavailable
Technology plays a major role in all of our lives, but one of the pitfalls is the fact that our techy devices keep us in a state of always being available – available to work-related calls, emails and text messages long after normal business hours. Don’t allow every aspect of your life to be consumed with work, as this can negatively affect relationships, friendships and contribute to burnout. Schedule a specific time where you won’t be answering calls or replying to emails or texts for the remainder of the evening. Be sure to let your employees and clients know so that they respect your boundaries, and assure them that you will handle business in the morning.
2. Streamline your To-Do-List
Let’s face it, there’s only so much you can do in a single day. It is therefore paramount to prioritise which tasks need to be actioned with urgency and assign timelines to each task. Keep it simple! Create a practical list with about 10 manageable tasks that are doable within an 8-hour time period and get to work. Research has shown that performing tasks in time blocks boosts your productivity. If you need help there are several apps to help you streamline your focus and plan your time, including Pomodoro and Be Focused Timer.
3. Say No!
You don’t have to do everything. Learn the art of saying “No”, especially if you really don’t have the time to do it. Overbooking your schedule is a recipe for stress and can cause you to drop the ball in other areas of your life. Be selective with which tasks you take on, while giving consideration to what your priorities in life truly are. Remember, saying no doesn’t make you a horrible person! Knowing your limits and pacing yourself is vital; your mental health will thank you later.
4. Schedule Fun and Family Time too
Meetings and appointments aren’t the only things that should make it to your calendar. Embrace a “work hard, play hard” mentality, and allocate time for other activities too. Schedule workouts, dates with your spouse, attend your kids’ events or even catch a new episode of your favourite show as meticulously as you schedule your work obligations. When you do this you are less likely to overbook your schedule with work-related items. Scheduling personal activities also helps to keep them in the forefront of your mind and helps you achieve balance. You’ll feel less guilty about making time for play and it reduces the chance of you forgetting important events in your social life.
Balance is a challenge but it’s not impossible. With a little planning and reorganizing in can be achieved. How will you work some of the tips above into your life?