Balancing professional and personal life has become a major challenge especially since 2020 because the majority of us are working from home. For most people, work always takes preference over everything else in our lives, even our family and health. We become so desirable to achieve professional success that we keep ignoring other important things.
Maintaining harmony in both personal and professional life is very essential not only to improve our physical, emotional, and mental well-being but to perform well in our work. Regular stress from the never-ending workday can have negative effects on our personal relationships and overall happiness.
Considering the strong side effects of overworking many organizations have started incorporating flexible learning solutions in their work culture. Tools like Trainual help employees overcome the challenge of managing employee training along with their work.
While organizations are doing their bit to help employee’s build a healthy work-life balance, here are some of the ways employees can do it themselves:
- Set Work Hours
Try to set a boundary for your work hours and inform your colleagues, teammates, and even your manager about it to avoid burning the midnight oil. Inform them politely that you will not be accessible after your working hours unless it is very important. This will ensure they respect your boundaries and expectations.
Try to take your mind off your work after you clock out. Whether you are working from home or office, it is necessary to decide when to work and when to stop working; else, you will end up working late nights and even on weekends.
- Manage Your Priorities & Goals
Invest some time thoughtfully thinking about what is most important and relevant to you, and make a list of your top priorities. Then analyze it by asking yourself these key questions: What is most important and urgent? What do I need to start doing right now? What do I need to stop doing?
This will provide you with strong and measurable goals. Block some time from your busy schedule for activities that need urgent attention like a doctor’s appointment or running through some errands.
- Workout & Meditate
We are so busy with our lives that we have forgotten the power of exercise and meditation, and we either neglect it or procrastinate doing it. Exercising and meditation keep not only our physical health in check but also calm our minds, help us to make much better decisions in life, and reduce stress.
If you feel too lazy to exercise sometimes, try to add some easy habits to your lifestyle that will make a lot of difference. These habits are walking when you are on call, some stretching and face exercises while working, taking stairs instead of the lift whenever possible, and meditating for at least 5 mins in regular intervals.
- Take A Break
Overstretching yourself at work may give you professional success but you will lose a lot more valuable things in life like your physical health, mental health, and relationships. It is good to give yourself a break and take a day off when you have overworked someday and you feel that your brain is completely saturated.
Make some time for your loved ones, watch your favorite TV show, read, sleep, and do whatever you enjoy to relax your mind. Make use of your leaves and take a vacation once in a while.
Having self-awareness about your own personal and professional priorities is very important. While we all need to work hard to achieve success in our careers, we also have to take into account that taking some time out for ourselves is very essential too. Having a healthy work-life balance can bring you satisfaction and allow you to stay more productive at work.