We all want to make more money and succeed in our careers – but at what cost? If you make a lot of money but spend all of your time working, what good is the money? It is crucial that you are able to strike an appropriate work-life balance in order to succeed in your career but also enjoy your life away from the office.
It can certainly be a challenge to succeed in this effort, but it is worth your time to try and get it right. I know it has been a challenge for me way too often though it’s a battle worth fighting. If you’re wanting or needing a better work-life balance, hopefully some of these tips will help towards your effort.
#1 – Put Work Away
It isn’t healthy, or productive, to feel like you are working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Instead, you need to have some time when you put work away and just focus on other things that you enjoy. This has become more difficult with the advancement of cell phones, but it is still possible.
Put your phone away at certain times and commit yourself to not checking email for a period of time. As long as your work is in order, it will still be there for you when you get back.
#2 – Keep Up with Your Hobbies
As people move further into adulthood, they have a bad habit of getting away from their hobbies and simply focusing all of their energy on their responsibilities.
Don’t fall into this trap.
Keep up with the things that you enjoy doing, and make sure you dedicate enough time to them on a regular basis. Whether it is golf, running, music, camping, hiking, or any other interest, make it a regular part of your life to provide yourself with an outlet from work. Not only will you find that it actually helps you manage your time better, but it also can help you stay healthy as well.
#3 – Prioritizing is Key to a Better Work-Life Balance
Most people are busy, but you can always make time for the things that are important in your life. If you have a family and want to spend time with them, keep that priority high on your list and don’t let work overrun it too often. You may have to make sacrifices for your job from time to time, but make sure that your boss and co-workers understand that you have priorities away from the office as well.
I have found that listing my priorities and taking time off actually helps me be more productive business-wise. It means I’m spending less time working but I know what I need to work on and what can be left til later so I can focus on spending time with my family.
#4 – Plan Your Career Path
Some careers are simply better suited for a good work-life balance than others. If you are just getting started in your career, or even if you have been working for a long time, it is important to pay attention to your own career path and try to steer it in a direction that will give you the kind of balance you are looking for.
Talk to other people in your field to get an idea of what various positions are like, and then work your way into one that sounds desirable to you. It might require some time to research, but is well worth the effort in the long run.
What are some of the things you struggle with in trying to reach a better work-life balance? How do you prioritize tasks to ensure time for yourself? What is one hobby you’d like to take up but haven’t given yourself the time to do so?
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