7 Tips for Enhancing Work & Life Balance

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Many people feel overwhelmed by the demands of their jobs and their duties at home. As we get worn down and burnt out, this changes our mental and physical health. These tips can help improve both your work performance and overall life satisfaction.

  1. Prioritize: Ask yourself, “If I only had time to focus on one thing in my life, what would it be?” The answer to this question is your top priority. Keep on asking yourself this question to name your top five priorities. Do not allow yourself to add anything else to the list until you have devoted enough time to these priorities.
  2. Stop Multitasking: As tempting as it can be to try to keep up with everything on your plate all of the time, this can lessen the quality of your work and your relationships. Start devoting all of your attention to the task or situation at hand. When you are with your family, allow yourself to truly be with your family and focus on only them. Likewise, when you are at work, focus on doing your job to the best of your ability. Make sure you are fully present in the current moment.
  3. Plan Your Fun: Set aside time each day to spend 30 – 60 minutes doing something you truly enjoy. This could be reading a good book, taking your dog for a walk, or just spending time alone. Allowing for some true self-care will renew your energy and make you a more active participant in your own life.
  4. Use Your Vacation Time: You get paid time off for a reason! Everyone needs to set aside time to recharge their batteries. By giving yourself some time to relax and unwind, you increase your productivity, creativity, and overall work satisfaction. Your time off can be spent any way you want, so on’t feel pressure to plan a big trip. A staycation spent watching Netflix and hanging out with your loved ones can be just as revitalizing.
  5. Ask for Support: Don’t wait to reach out to coworkers or family members when you are feeling overwhelmed by all of your duties. Make it clear to the people in your life that you are actively trying to reach a greater work/life balance, and any way that they can help to make this a reality is much appreciated. If you have a clear plan and well-thought out reason, people are likely to support you.
  6. Get Active: While adding one more activity to your schedule may seem daunting, exercising for just 30 minutes a day can help ease stress and improve your mood.
  7. Set boundaries: Within the limits of your job, make it known to others that you will only be checking your work email and voicemail when you are at work. In the same way, ask that friends and family members only interrupt your workday with urgent matters.