Five tips for achieving work-life balance

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Our lives are go-go-go in today's competitive world. Careers are important; getting ahead is the goal of the game. The problem is that in the long run, there will be detrimental effects on your physical and mental wellbeing if you don't allow yourself the proper self-care. Even well-respected business resources like Forbes and Business News Daily understand the value of work-life balance. Achieving it goes a long way to helping you fulfil your work and family responsibilities while staving off burnout. Here are a few easy ways you can start.

Exercise At Work

Exercise is an excellent way to let off steam and keep fit. It also floods you with endorphins – our body's feel-good chemicals, and stimulates your parasympathetic nervous system, which helps keep you calm. Since you probably spend the better part of your day at work, you could manage your time more efficiently if you incorporate exercise into or around your workday.

If you work in a building with a gym or workout room – or there's one close by – get in a bit early for a quick workout to kickstart your day and use its shower facilities before heading in for the day. Alternatively, schedule your workout there at the end of your workday, before you go home. Nowadays, more and more businesses offer employees valuable discounts, memberships to gyms or fitness centres or have their own facilities in Ireland and around the world – take advantage if you can.

Don't Overdo It On Overtime

You may think that doing lots of overtime is a surefire way of getting yourself noticed by the powers that be, and a lot of time, that's just what it is: face time. In terms of the idea that working overtime can boost your productivity, it's actually not true. If anything, doing too much overtime will just lead to tiredness, and if you succeed in burning out, lower quality output on your part.

If you're doing overtime because you want to get more done, work on your time management skills so that you work more efficiently during the actual work day. There will be exceptions, of course, but commit to leaving at your designated end time. In the long run, you'll thank yourself.


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Maintain Social Ties

It can be too easy to feel too busy to see friends or family, but humans are inherently social creatures. It is unhealthy to be a hermit or a shut-in. Keep in touch with people in your social circles and set aside time to socialise. If your work offers networking opportunities in the form of corporate events, sign up. Not only will you be making important professional contacts, but you can also have an enjoyable evening once in a while. 

Even if you aren't able to go out with people all the time, make sure you make good efforts to say hello and catch up, even if it's on Skype or other video chat program. 

Value Your Time

Think of this as a little spring cleaning in your life. There are a lot of activities in your day that can be done more efficiently so that you are wasting less time. If you get bogged down in emails, turn off your notifications and set up blocks of dedicated email time. If you spend too much time finding a good place for lunch, consider following a meal plan and packing one. 

Sadly, not everyone in our lives contributes positively. We all know people who we feel waste our time. Take stock of who really brings out the best in you, and focus your attention on them. Don't waste your time on people who waste yours.

Be Realistic

Thinking that your life can be perfect is unrealistic, and the upkeep, impossible. Work-life balance is not about perfection; it's about understanding priorities and ensuring balance in all the important areas of your life.

Be patient with yourself. You won't change your life overnight. There will be times you might slip up and go back to your old habits. Don't beat yourself up. Lifestyle changes take time and sometimes, reevaluation. Keep at it. Remember that you are absolutely worth all the effort and self-care. 

 

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