New Year, New You — 4 Tips for Better Work-Life Balance
Posted: January 10, 2018
With the new year upon us, this is the perfect time to start practicing new habits and rhythms for better work-life balance. Now, I’m well aware that this is a term we hear quite a bit, and everyone seems to have their own take on what it means to create a healthy balance between work and personal life. To understand what that balance entails, you have to figure out what works best for you according to your commitments, season of life, and goals.New Year, New You — 4 Tips for Better Work-Life Balance Click To Tweet
What happens when these things change? More likely than not, it means that the methods by which you gain work-life balance will shift. And when the spheres of these two very intertwined realms fall out of rhythm, you will feel it — stress will ensue, exhaustion will begin, and burnout will lurk close behind.
Whether you’ve managed to maintain a work-life balance, you are in the process, or you need help out of the rut of burnout, wherever you are will affect those around you. Coworkers and employees will feel the impact of your fatigue on a day-to-day basis, and it could even affect their own work performance and motivation. Home will no longer be a place of rest and relaxation, but a nagging reminder that you aren’t doing such a great job at walking the tightrope of healthy balance.
“Many people go through life and get caught up in situations and circumstances that end up controlling them. Those who achieve balance have a defined plan centered on ensuring that all aspects of their lives are fulfilled.” — Debbie Wooldridge, A Manager’s Guide to Unleashing the Intrapreneur.
To avoid a burnout and keep your positive momentum going, here are just a few basic tips to help you operate from a place of purpose. While some of them may sound cliché, sometimes we need a friendly reminder of the most basic words of wisdom to recalibrate us to a place of fulfillment.
1. Put Yourself First
Finding work-life balance is a day-to-day choice, not so much a one-and-done achievement. What energizes you? What gets your creativity flowing? What brings you joy and fulfillment? If we don’t take care of our mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, and social health, we cannot expect to have a stellar performance on the job! Resolve to put yourself first in each of these categories on a daily basis so you can approach a work-life balance from a centered place.Finding work-life balance is a day-to-day choice, not so much a one-and-done achievement. Click To Tweet
Tip: When you wake up, avoid reaching for your phone to read the news, scan your inbox, or scroll through social media (unless it’s our new Instagram!). Instead, take the first moments of the day to input something positive, pamper yourself, or exercise.
2. Write Down Your Goals
Now, before you scoff and think “I don’t make new year’s resolutions,” listen in. Goals aren’t resolutions! Goals bring aim to your actions and purpose to your efforts. If you don’t know what those are, then you need to pinpoint your “north” — or else your internal compass will be spinning! Take each category of health mentioned above and write personal goals for what you’d like to see happen in 2018. Do the same for your work and career goals. See if there are any that support each other. Prioritize each in whatever capacity is achievable on a daily basis.Goals bring aim to your actions and purpose to your efforts. Click To Tweet
3. Be Consistent
I’m sure most of us have heard the quote “Consistency is key.” This applies to everything and results take time. Even though the amount of time can differ, the principle still applies. Consistently put yourself first, as well as the steps that will bring you closer to your goals.
4. Protect Your Time
Have you ever tracked your personal or work-related time? If you don’t know how you are spending your time, chances are you think you work 60 hours when you actually work 42, and you might assume you’re at the gym four times a week when you only make it twice, etc. This is one of those things that will take you knowing what works best for you to see success.
Write out a calendar. Schedule your days hour by hour. Use resources like Toggl to time your work and track your projects. Batch tasks. Say no to opportunities (even good ones!) that may take too much time away from the important things.
When all of these aspects are working together on a daily basis, you will be a more balanced person, making it easier to discover a work-life harmony. You will be more determined, motivated, energized, and excited about your life and work. You will be more determined, motivated, energized, and excited about your life and work.