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 blogging on the side. However, recently, I have started a second job at a dementia home working 2.5 hours per week in the evenings.
Having a social life and fitting in time to do the things I enjoy, can be a challenge. I often finding myself how I manage to fit it all in?
Creating A Successful Work-Life Balance
In March 2017, YouGov reported that 1 in 5 of 25-34 year-olds are unhappy with their work-life balance.
I asked entrepreneurs, mums, bloggers and influencers, who are at different stages of their journey, how they achieve a perfect work-life balance.
The answers differed across the board, but one thing that was consistently said was “is there such thing as a perfect 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.
As someone who has worked in retail where the shifts were all over the place, an office that has a super easy flexi time policy to working 2 jobs with just 30 minutes between one ending and another one starting – finding a work-life balance was exhausting.
Here are some tips you can try to get that balance into place.
Practice planning and become more organised
This is a no-brainer.
If you have no idea what you’ve got to get done, it will take you twice as long to get it done. Have a rough plan of what you need to do first before diving in.
Everyone’s way of organising is different. I try and write down all the tasks that I need to get done every morning in my Bullet Journal. I then categorise them by marking what is urgent, what’s important and what’s flexible.
Depending on what’s on the list, I can decide whether I start with the quick and easy things to do (which I often do) or tackle the big tasks first.
Be flexible and adaptable and know when to cut things off the list that you can’t get round to.
Avoid working through your lunch break
A break is a break and is given to you for a reason. Get away from your desk, eat something nutricious and do something other than work stuff.
I work across the road from a shopping centre so like to go browsing in the shops for half hour or stroll around Morrisons for a bit. Sometimes, I like to just wonder outside just so I can get some fresh air and some digital detox.
Even if it’s only 5 minutes, feel the effects of taking a break and use that time to do non-work things.
Don’t stay up too late replying to emails or scrolling through IG – get some sleep!
Unless you work in a job where you are in contact with people throughout different time zones, 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.
The average person needs about 7 – 9 hours of sleep each night to be the best versions of themselves.
I roughly function on 7.5 hours of sleep so try and go to bed around 10:30pm to be up at about 6:00am and out the door by roughly 7:15 / 7:30am (depending on the doggy and me!)
Work out the time you need in the morning to get ready and leave and count backwards – that is the time you need to be asleep by!
Take some much needed time off
Holiday entitlement is there FOR. A. REASON!
Use it to unwind, catch up with your programmes and spend time with your loved ones.
You could even use this time to take up a new hobby, catch up with friends or visit a new place (cocktails and beach anyone?)
Fill your free time with something that fulfils you and something you can continue doing.
Not only will this benefit your wellbeing but it will make you want to commit to a more practical work/life balance as you will want to find the time to do the things you love.
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