Ways To Promote A Better Work-Life Balance
For many individuals, work is the focal point of their livelihood, where we pour ourselves into our professional pursuits for a sense of achievement and success. For others, work is a means to an end to provide for day-to-day necessities. Our business endeavors frequently require us to work beyond our physical and mental limits through long hours and for several days in a row without any days off. Regardless of motives, taking time away for a recharge is crucial to sustaining our well-being, or we risk burnout from work overload.
What defines work-life balance, and why is it essential?
Obligations and responsibilities being equally fulfilled between work and home life is the essence of a work-life balance. A multitude of benefits occurs for both employees and supervisors/management, such as a reduced amount of tension, improved feelings of well-being, and a reduced likelihood of burnout, according to Amplio Recruiting CEO and career expert Chris Chancey. Factors that tend to create a poor work-life balance include:
- Lengthy work shifts
- Children or other loved ones under your care
- Pressure from demands at home
- Pressure from demands at work
The following methods can be practiced to encourage more work-life stability in one's own life:
- Understand there is no 'ideal' work-life ratio.
A perfectly balanced schedule is simply unrealistic, given the unpredictability of life itself. Responsibility for your professional and personal life ebb and flow constantly - so does the time and energy required for each one daily. Finding a balance is a gradual process that more closely focuses on consistent efforts for each, without adhering to a strict schedule between work and home life.
- Unwind with a getaway.
Sometimes managing the pressures of a hectic work life means cutting yourself off for some time. Regrounding yourself mentally and physically with a vacation is crucial to resume the momentum of your professional life when you return; the time needed away can range from a few days or weeks.
At the end of the work year, over half (52 percent) of workers stated that their vacation time remained untouched, as conducted by the U.S. Travel Association's State of American Vacation 2018 study. The reason for this lack of vacation time was fear that workflow would become unbalanced and workers would be bombarded with a work pileup upon returning.
- Tune in to your feelings regarding work.
A job that once filled you with determination and enthusiasm can quickly feel like a dreadful hassle if you overextend yourself beyond your limits. Your emotions can also play into your work habits over time. For example, if you rush to get tasks done or become socially withdrawn from colleagues you usually enjoy working with, it may be a sign to step back and analyze your current emotional state.
Anxiety from an imbalanced work and personal life may 'bleed over' into each other. This may contribute to several problems, such as insomnia from anticipating your workload the next day or being uncharacteristically depressed on the job due to a conflict at home. Therefore, it's essential to 'leave the problems of one environment' away from the other when traveling between each.