What Is Work-Life Balance, And How Can You Find It?
The phrase ‘work-life balance’ is everywhere you look these days – we’re constantly told that having a balance between our personal and professional lives is vital if we want to remain both physically and mentally healthy. But what exactly is a work-life balance? And how do you know when you’ve reached that all-important balance between the two?
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“Work, love and play are the great balance wheels of human being.”
What is a work-life balance?
The phrase work-life balance can mean different things to different people. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you spend the same amount of time working as you do at home – that’s not realistic, especially if you work in a demanding job. If you work a 60-hour week, you can’t necessarily spend another 60 hours of personal time! There are just 168 hours in a week – that would leave just 48 hours for sleeping, eating, exercising and all the other daily tasks you have to do.
A work-life balance is personal to each individual. Only you will know when you’ve got the balance right! Throughout your life, your definition of a work-life balance may also change along with your priorities. Having a healthy work-life balance means finding times for travel, socializing, hobbies, homemaking, raising children, staying fit and your career, without ending up exhausted or burnt out.
How to strike the right work-life balance
Getting the balance between your personal and professional life can be tough – especially if you’re an entrepreneur trying to build your empire from the ground up on your own. But it’s important to make this balance a priority – otherwise both your work output and your personal life will suffer.
Need some tips to find the right work-life balance? Check these out:
Learn how to ‘work smart’. This means staying away from time-consuming, unproductive activities, and focusing hard on the tasks that will take you towards your goal. Forget unstructured meetings that drag on for hours, and try not to get caught up in checking your emails every half an hour while you’re working. Trying to work smart will help free up some time for personal activities.
Don’t neglect your interests. When you’re an entrepreneur trying to build a business, it can be easy to become so involved in your work that you forget about your interests and passions. Whether you love to run, dance, write, knit, cycle, blog, paint or practice yoga, it’s important to remain engaged with your own personal interests, to balance out your professional work.
Monitor device usage. How often have you opened Facebook or Twitter on your phone to have a quick browse, and found yourself still reading updates or tweets half an hour later? Try to limit your time on these devices, rather than wasting free time.
It’s all about the balance
Like everything in life, it’s all about finding the right balance. Having a rounded, well-balanced life will benefit you in a multitude of ways, and only you will know when you’ve struck the perfect balance.
“Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognising your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.”
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