A perfect work life balance is something that so many of us try to achieve.
However, while we’re busy gaining experience, networking and building a career, our actual lives take a backseat.
I work full time while growing a business on the side and having some sort of life all at the same time! My friends, who follow along, always wonder how I manage to do it?
Don’t be under the illusion that it’s easy because it isn’t. It can be stressful, disappointing and exciting all at the same time. However, sometimes you need to learn to switch off and enjoy the fruits of your labour.
I asked entrepreneurs, who are at different stages of their journey, how they achieve a perfect work / life balance. The answers were similar across the board but one answer that was consistent, is that there is no such thing as a perfect work life balance. Finding a balance that is right for you is vital to living a fulfilling life!
Ways to create a work life balance
In March 2017, YouGov reported that 1 in 5 of 25-34 year olds are unhappy with their work/life balance. Creating a healthy work life balance is important to both employees and employers. However, as many young people find it hard to find employment, the pressure to go above and beyond is very real.
Here are some tips you can try to get that balance into place.
Prioritise tasks, allocate time to them
This is a no-brainer. Get organised and get the more important stuff done and work your way down. Collect of all the tasks you need to do and then identify what’s urgent and what’s important. Be flexible and adaptable and know when to cut things off the list that you can’t get round to.
Planning is a major . If you have no idea what you’re doing, you’re in for a long stint because it will take you twice as long to get it done. Have a rough guide of what you need to do first before diving on in.
Don’t work through your lunch hour
Also, don’t eat unhealthy quick foods at your desk! A break is a break. Get away from the phone, computer and desk and chill for a bit. Even if it’s only 5 minutes feel the effects of taking a break!
Don’t stay up late replying to emails and not get enough sleep
Trust me when I say, those people you’re emailing probably won’t be awake. Start making sleep a priority. It will help you recover from distractions, prevent burnout and will help you make better decisions. Get some proper sleep and see your productivity soar.
Take some time off!
Holiday entitlement is there FOR. A. REASON! Use it to unwind, catch up with Game of Thrones and spend time with your loved ones. Take up a new hobby, spend time with your friends or visit a new place. Fill your free time with something that fulfills you and something you can continue doing.
How do you achieve a work life balance?
Comment below with your secrets!