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Striking The Right Work/Life Balance For You

Mar 29, 2018 | Blog

When it comes to finding the right work/life balance, what becomes quickly apparent is that there really isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. There are so many aspects to consider in both our working life and our life outside of work. What might suit your colleagues may not suit you.

work/life balance, Striking The Right Work/Life Balance For You

It can take time to figure out how to get a healthier balance for your own situation and circumstance. One of the best ways to get there, however, is to do some self-assessment.

Where can you realistically find time in your current schedule?

As we said in the last blog post, it’s time to get organised. This may mean that you need to keep a time diary for a couple of weeks to help you figure out when scheduling downtime would suit you best.

A diary will also show you where you are actually spending more time on tasks than you need to. Often, because we’ve allocated a certain amount of time to something, we fill that allotment simply because we have it, but it’s worth seeing if tasks can be streamlined.

Above all, be realistic about where you can free up your time and how much time you have. While you don’t want to be stingy about it, you also don’t want to create extra stress because you’re having to fit tasks into a time slot that doesn’t accommodate them.

Allocate the saved time to non-work activities

So you’ve found extra time in your schedule, now you need to reserve it. It can be hard, especially for the workaholic-types, to down tools and switch to non-work activities. To reduce the risk of allowing work tasks to overrun, fill the time so you simply cannot opt for working through. Make sure every leisure activity is something you are going to look forward to and really enjoy – these are not time slots for the weekly shop or changing your spark plugs.

Delegate and outsource

Of course we can’t spend all of our free time having fun, it’s simply not realistic. However, you might be surprised by how many of your normal, boring errands and tasks you can get done in other ways. Divide your household responsibilities into things you absolutely have to do yourself and things you can delegate to someone else to do. 

Remove anything that doesn’t benefit you or you don’t enjoy

While there are some things we all have to do in normal life that we don’t particularly enjoy, review these tasks and see what you might be doing that you don’t need to. Be brutal and cut out anything that you see as a waste of time. It’s amazing how many needless activities we take on without thinking.

Finding the right work/life balance for you takes time but it can completely turn your life around and make both your professional and personal lives much more enjoyable.

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