Balancing Work Life In The Festive Season

13/12/16

While many people look forward to the Holiday Period at this time of year, for others, it can be a stressful time. The added expense of buying gifts for loved ones, attending celebrations as the year wraps up, or travelling back home to see family can be a massive burden on some.

However, it is also important to maintain a healthy work-life balance. So, with conflicting priorities between your work and your personal life, how do we achieve this balance

So, with conflicting priorities between your work and your personal life, how do we achieve this balance?

Ensuring you get enough sleep each night is going to allow you to feel refreshed and have more energy each day. This may even allow you to complete more of your tasks in a shorter time-frame. Set a bed time and try to stick to it as best you can. Most people function most effectively on 6-8 hours of sleep each night. Therefore if you need to rise at 7am to get to work, try to get to bed by 11pm. Turn off the TV, turn away from your smart phone, and completely switch off for that peaceful night’s rest.

Exercising is a great way to rejuvenate, feel energised and ready to attack the day. Choose an activity that suits you and your lifestyle and incorporate it into your daily routine. Get up half an hour earlier and go for a walk or bike ride. Join a sporting club (this will also allow you to socialise at the same time!), work out in the gym or practise yoga. The options are limitless and the benefits are plentiful.

Organise your work day so that you can complete your tasks on time and leave the office before the sun goes down! During the summer months, we are lucky enough to get a couple of extra hours of daylight. Utilising this time to go out with friends or family, walk home from work or just sit outside and bask in the sunshine will make you feel like you have really made the most of your day.

Don’t say no to social outings (within reason). While you might be thinking about that load of washing that needs to be done, or that dentist appointment you’ve been putting off for the last 6 months, it’s important sometimes to get out and enjoy yourself. It might sound simple, but interacting with your peers and having a laugh can sometimes be the best way to separate from your work life momentarily.

‘Work-Life Balance’ means different things to different people, and everyone will achieve this in their own way. Figure out what makes you feel happy and relaxed outside of work, and try to make time for these activities day-to-day. This will benefit you not only in your personal life, but also ensure you do not burn out and resent your work and will ultimately make you more productive.

Finding the work life/social life balance can be difficult. Our mentors can help guide you to finding the right balance and offer you advice on maintaining a good work life as well as personal life just in time for the Christmas season.

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