5 Tips For Maintaining A Healthy Work Life Balance

BY Rachel Coleman |

Work-life balance describes the relationship between your work and the commitments in the rest of your life, and how they impact on one another. That’s why it’s really important to have a good work-life balance.

Here are five tips to help you maintain a healthy balance:

1. Practise good time management

This is so important in both your work and personal life. While it can be difficult at busy periods, it is important, where possible, to stick to your set work hours. If your working hours finish at 5pm but you find yourself more often than not staying late, set yourself a challenge of leaving at exactly 5pm every evening for one week.

These hours are set for a reason and you may find by knowing that you have to leave at 5pm, your work is more efficient and productive.

2. Play to your strengths

It’s easy to fall into the trap of being the person who says yes to every task, the first one to put their hand up when the boss asks the team for something to be done. While it’s important to show your eagerness to help and commitment to the job, it’s also important that you don’t overload yourself with every spare task.

Play to your strengths and offer your services for the spare tasks you know you’re good at and can get done reasonably quickly. There’s no point for you to spend hours on a task that could have taken one of your teammates ten minutes.

3. Unplug

In this modern world we are accessible 24/7 whether it is having your work emails hooked up to your phone or receiving a quick sms from the boss. This constant accessibility can mean even when you physically switch off, your mind is still on the job. 

It is important when you’re having your down time, that you switch off work completely and allow yourself to fully separate from it. Turn off your email notifications so you are not even glancing at whatever comes through and even take a few hours and switch off your phone to allow yourself to fully relax.

4. Step out

It can be easy to get caught up in work and sit at your desk for your entire lunch break without even realising it. It is really important that you take the time, even if it’s just for a ten minute walk around the block, to leave the office.

You will be amazed the difference that small break from your computer will make to you and your performance. Even though it’s time away from your desk, the short break will probably result in you getting much more work done upon your return.

5. Exercise

Exercise is always important not only for our physical health but our mental health also. Making time to exercise is crucial to balance a busy mind. Even if it is just a half hour walk, set aside time at least three times a week and dedicate it to getting some physical activity. This is an effective way to clear your mind of work and will also help to make your time in work much more productive as exercise will help your focus and concentration.

Your work-life balance is vitally important for your mental and physical health and maintaining a healthy balance will hugely aid your performance so make the effort to follow some of these tips and ensure you are not burning yourself out in work.

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