In today's fast paced world, it can be an achievement in itself to juggle the demands of progressing in your chosen career and the demands and responsibilities outside of work. However, it is essential to look after you. For overall wellbeing and to be able to achieve your best both professionally and personally, it may be beneficial to incorporate certain strategies.
1.Time management is of paramount importance. Aim to develop a well structured daily schedule that allocates time for work tasks, family commitments and very importantly, time for you to do whatever helps you unwind and relax. This could be going to the gym, meeting with friends or spending time on a hobby that you enjoy. It may simply be doing nothing apart from being alone with your own thoughts and allowing yourself to be - benefiting from a form of mindfulness.
2. Embrace the concept of remote work if this is feasible. Remote work can offer more flexibility, eliminates the need for lengthy commutes and can allow you to integrate work and life at your own pace. However this is not always possible depending upon the industry you are in and the company you work for. Even if you find that remote work may be possible, it is crucial to set clear boundaries from the start which will prevent work from encroaching on your personal life.
3. Networking is essential for professionals to build a support system where you can gain valuable insights from others who have managed to balance their career with their personal life. Networking also opens many doors to opportunities, some unexpected, and you may find these help you align your work life goals.
4. A job with flexible hours or even part time work can reduce the time spent in the office and will grant more freedom to engage in personal activities or spend time with loved ones. Again, this is not always possible and may not even be a consideration for some due to financial commitments but it can work for some.
5. Learn to say no! It is not as easy as it seems and one that I personally find difficult. Over committing to work related tasks or additional projects can lead to burnout. Politely decline any tasks that you can not do or have no obligation to do if it does not fit into your schedule. Of course, saying yes, helping others and going over and above is perfectly acceptable at times but only if you choose to and can complete the tasks, otherwise you may find yourself being taken advantage of on a regular basis.
6. As briefly mentioned above, practising mindfulness can serve as a powerful tool for stress management. For example, meditation, yoga, listening to relaxation music or simply taking short breaks during the workday can help you stay focused and reduce stress which can build up and eventually may make you unwell. Learn how to detach.
7. Engage in open and honest communication with your employer, manager and colleagues. Discuss your needs regarding a work life balance and explore potential solutions when problems arise.
8. Delegate tasks when appropriate both at home and in the workplace. Share responsibilities fairly which can free up time and reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed.
9. Stay invested in your personal development. Strive to continuously improve your skills and knowledge which can enhance your career prospects, potentially leading to positions where the work life balance is more manageable for you.
10. Set clear and defined boundaries and adhere to them. Define when work starts and ends so you can give focus upon your personal life. Setting boundaries can be challenging at first but it is essential.
It is possible for professionals to find harmony while focusing on their career and having a life outside of work which can lead to job satisfaction and overall well being. A good balance is different for everyone so it is essential to tailor these strategies to your own individual needs and circumstances