Striking a healthy work-life balance

Most people aren’t sure what ‘work-life balance’ actually means. Often, they think a little bit of work and a little bit of play, is what’s required to improve quality of life. The truth is, a work-life balance depends entirely on what you want to achieve. It’s conditional on your ability to properly manage your time and reach your goals. In this post, we look at how to strike a healthy work-life balance.

  • SORT OUT YOUR PRIORITIES

Determine your priorities by reflecting on your work and life goals. Think about what you’d like to do and what you’ve been doing. This list then allows you to consider what you should be doing and what you should stop. Priorities keep you on track with what’s important and help you stay organised.

Prioritising means living in the moment instead of the illusory past and future of the mind. If you prioritise the present moment, all aspects of your life will gain from it. Plan out your tasks based on their level of importance and urgency. Ensure to properly manage your time well and give yourself enough time to complete these tasks and reach your goals.[1]

  • SET SOME BOUNDARIES

Striking that perfect balance between career and home-life has always been a challenge for many. This is why it is important to set boundaries on how and what you spend your time on. Ever heard the saying “Don’t take your work home with you”? the same is true for your stress as well. After a long day at the office, many of us find ourselves taking out our stress on friends, children, or significant others. And if we’re not careful, we allow our work stress to become home stress, often at the expense of our families and relationships or our health.[2]

After accomplishing your work goals for the day, ensure that you take some time to work on your personal growth as well. Be it through hobbies or spending quality time with friends and family.

  • UNPLUG

Research has shown that too much technology impacts our physical and mental wellbeing. Especially at this time when everyone is advised to work from home due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. It’s easy to get caught up in your work and forget to be present and mindful. It’s okay if you can’t disconnect completely due to the nature of your work.

However, it is important to establish better habits when it comes to the use of technology. For instance, don’t check your emails up until the late hours of the night. Replace your devices with the people around you so you can build more meaningful relationships.[3]

  • ASK FOR HELP

We are happier and more productive in our lives when we have a strong support system around us. So reach out to your network. Vent to a friend if you need to. Ask a co-worker to help you pick up some slack on an overdue project. Learn to accept that sometimes the demands upon you, are greater than what you can shoulder, and humbly ask those around for help.[4]

  • TAKE A BREAK

At the end of the day, you are a human being. You need to rest and recharge your batteries. Taking a break from work to de-stress and unwind is both necessary and beneficial. Take time every now and then to stretch, go on a walk or even have a short conversation with a fellow workmate. This will reduce boredom and help you become more alert while doing your work.[5] This is where the ‘balance’ in work-life balance comes into play.

Striving to be content and fulfilled in all aspects of our lives isn’t a new concept. And everyone can take these simple steps in order to ensure their work life and social life are in balance. Having a career doesn’t mean that other aspects of your life must be neglected. Try these tips to get the best of both worlds.

Mshimba Michelle


[1]https://www.industryweek.com/leadership/article/21982458/12-key-strategies-to-achieving-a-worklife-balance

[2] https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/320748

[3] https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/5244-improve-work-life-balance-today.html

[4] https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-times-you-just-need-to-suck-it-up-and-ask-for-help-at-work

[5] https://sprigghr.com/blog/performance-culture/the-importance-of-taking-breaks-at-work/

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