In this era, Achieving work-life balance seems like a myth far from coming true. Working 9-5 and having almost no time to spend with family and friends is new normal these days. The weekends go unnoticed, and the Monday comes again, dragging us to work while we are still feeling groggy. The more this cycle repeats, The more vicious it feels. Despite all this, I choose to disagree that work-life balance is just a myth. I have a few tips to make work-life balance seem achievable if tried to do so.
Work efficiently; Minimize distractions.
With technology surrounding us everywhere, Working efficiently without being distracted is quite a challenge, although it is a crucial step in achieving work-life balance. If you want to finish your work early, meet the target, and get done with that day’s work to leave for home as soon as possible, You need to minimize distractions during your work-hours. The less absent-minded you are, The more you will get things done. Switching off notifications on my cellphone and do not disturb mode helped me in working with focus.
Reduce social media.
The time spent in scrolling through the feed can be challenging to track as we are not doing it on a fixed schedule. But, the time we have to balance our lives, Rejuvenate our mind and body, spend time with our family is recklessly wasted all on social media. How much better would it feel about spending that time with our family? Spend only 10-15 mins on social media in a day. Stop mindlessly scrolling through the feed. Delete the apps for a week, and you will notice you suddenly have an extra chunk of time.
3.Set goals for your personal life.
Goal setting to get things done in the workspace is not a new concept. But, we fail to do so in our personal life. Setting clear goals in our personal life is as essential as it is in our professional life. Prioritizing both personal and professional life is the key to a great work-life balance. Make a list of things you want to achieve in your personal life, relationships, family. Taking frequent family vacations should top the list. Planning for a weekend getaway or simply staying at home and spending relaxed time with family are some ideas.
Although flexible timings at work and a co-ordinating boss and colleagues may seem like an idea out of reach, It is still possible to free yourself of self-imposed behavior. Sometimes, It’s we who force ourselves to reach the target, and It’s we who tell ourselves to work an extra hour to finish the project. We may never realize this, but after some time, it starts showing its ill effects on our health and work quality. The more you are happy in your personal life, The efficient you will be in your work life. Set boundaries for yourself, and make sure to follow them.