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Work Life Balance - Rethinking Priorities

There's no getting away from the fact that the modern workplace of today is far busier than it ever has been with ever evolving technology and the increased activities, as well as the noise, the distractions and the demands of heavy and often challenging workloads. Therefore it is inevitable that the concept of work life balance is increasingly elusive.
Written by
Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
May 1, 2024

There's no getting away from the fact that the modern workplace of today is far busier than it ever has been with ever evolving technology and the increased activities, as well as the noise, the distractions and the demands of heavy and often challenging workloads. Therefore it is inevitable that the concept of work life balance is increasingly elusive. Many people are drained after their day at work and find themselves with no energy or enthusiasm to do anything other than anticipate another day at work the following day.

Alongside work, juggling family commitments and doing necessary tasks such as cooking, cleaning, shopping and taking your dog out for a walk can feel overwhelming, especially if you have no time to attend to your own needs. Long working hours, non-stop emails and meetings as well as the pressure to maintain a high level of competency in your job can easily have the potential to tip an individual over the edge, leaving in its wake feelings of stress, overwhelm and often inadequacy due to not having enough hours in the day to give everything and everyone equal attention. Therefore, by carefully rethinking priorities, you have the key to unlocking the solution for a good work life balance which addresses both professional success and personal wellbeing.

It is imperative to recognise that time and how it is allocated, can reflect your values. It is preferable for most professionals to realise the importance of setting boundaries, learning to say no, delegating tasks and redefining how they interpret their own success. It is about what matters most and of course, everyone’s version of success is different.

The significance of personal time must have priority and whether this is self care, hobbies, engaging with others or spending quality time with friends and family. This enables individuals to feel  recharged and energised and they can bring this energy to their professional endeavours. This really does require a conscious effort to focus on the tasks that align with your current goal and be able to switch off when needed which admittedly can be difficult, especially as you are learning redistribution of your own personal and professional priorities.

One area where there is an additional  need to rethink priorities is in the world of remote work. The often blurred line between home and office spaces make it difficult to establish clear boundaries. Effective time management is essential with an emphasis on concentration on and completing tasks. Companies are increasingly becoming aware of the importance of employee wellbeing and how individuals thrive in productive, supportive  and positive working environments. They are choosing to adopt policies that support work life balance actively by offering flexible schedules, remote work options and introducing employee wellness programmes. These strategies go a long way in attracting and retaining top talent.

Rethinking priorities is ultimately about regaining control over time and aligning it with personal and professional needs and goals. It is a journey towards a more balanced and fulfilled life where success isn’t just measured in professional achievements but also in personal experiences. With the shifting of priorities, it is often discovered that success is found not only in the office but also outside of it.

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