Work-life balance means something different to us all. How one person achieves a healthy work-life balance will be completely different from the next. However, overall, a work-life balance is the balance of your professional life’s demands with your personal life’s demands and pleasure. It’s crucial to ensure you have a healthy work-life balance, not only for your personal productivity, creativity of your work and enjoyment of your personal life but to ensure you avoid getting to a point where you’re over it or are burnt out.
Here are some of our go-to tips to help you improve your work-life balance and personal productivity.
1. You don’t need to be a perfectionist
The majority of overachievers will know that being a ‘perfectionist’ can be draining to maintain constantly—an important fact: You can still have and achieve high standards without being a perfectionist. Becoming aware of and diminishing your perfectionist tendencies will go a long way in reducing your chances of being burnt out and will most likely increase your work and personal productivity. So all in all, it’s a win-win. If you know you’re a perfectionist but unsure of specifics, ask a friend or a colleague; they’ll help you become aware of your perfectionist tendencies.
2. Make time to switch off
Technology is exceptionally beneficial in a multitude of ways, but constantly being accessible through your work communication channels, social media platforms, and other forms can be exhausting. Do you actually need to reply to that email at 10 pm? It’s important to listen to your body and know when you need to take a break. Try snoozing your emails, putting your phone on ‘DnD’, setting time limits for social media, etc. Being present and detached from technology can feel grounding and relaxing, plus it can improve sleep, efficiency and improve your overall personal productivity and satisfaction.
3. Move your body and meditate
It’s common knowledge that exercise is good for us, and nowadays, it’s becoming more apparent that mediation is too. Exercising and meditating regularly are effective ways to reduce stress and anxiety, improve mental health, mood and energy levels. Plus, exercise and meditation also increases your sleep quality and ability to relax and stay calm in heightened situations. So with all of these benefits, why wouldn’t you make time to go for that jog, take that class and listen to that guided meditation?
4. Reduce time-wasting factors and people
If something doesn’t need to be done, there’s no benefit to it, and you don’t want to do it, then why are you doing it? Assessing your priorities, what and who you spend time with and on is a simple process to gain back ‘you’ time. If something is a waste of your time, including people, then reduce or eliminate them. It may sound harsh, but if you’re constantly doing things that waste your time and energy, then you’re not putting yourself and your health first, meaning you don’t have a healthy and sustainable work-life balance which is what we’re trying to achieve. So start reviewing and trimming.
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