In this time of digital technology and a world that never sleeps, it is a constant struggle especially for working professionals and contractors to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
The demands on workers can be increasingly physically and emotionally draining when there is the addition of the added stress of travelling for the job.
To assist in achieving and maintaining a healthy work-life balance, we have sourced the top 4 tips from health and career experts on how to help you find the right life balance for you:
Strive for excellence, not perfection:
Many successful executives and contractors are in the positions they are due to their commitment to perfectionism and having everything in place. However, as the amount of information grows and changes daily, striving to achieve perfection can often be un-achievable, un-necessary and self-inflicted burden. Understand your limits both time wise and brain wise to avoid burning out. Focus on doing the best job that you can and allow yourself time to relax instead of seeking more ways you must work.
There is no point working yourself to the bone if you’re making yourself unhealthy by doing so. No matter how busy your life, you need to put your health and wellbeing first which entails allocating a time each day for exercise, stretching or even meditation. Having your mind focus on exercising is a proven way to recharge your brain and improve focus throughout the day. It is recommended to spend half an hour every day doing some form of exercise.
Easier said that done but unplugging from technology is an essential part of maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Whilst technology has certainly made communication easier, it has also created a culture that has instilled a sense of never switching off through being constantly accessible. When you are with family and friends, put your electronic devices away and ensure you are really with them. Set yourself a task that you will switch off, unplug and unwind at least once a day – ideally an hour before you intend to go to sleep to help with a more productive and relaxing sleep cycle.
Make a clear and definitive list, even if it’s just in your head, on what’s important to you. Whilst work puts money in the bank, is this how you want to spend your time and be remembered for as a person? Find ways in which you can successfully achieve personal and professional goals and you’ll find a majority of that comes down to time management. There will always be better ways of utilizing your time, so you can spend it doing things that you enjoy doing. Establish personal routines that can benefit both your personal and professional life. Keep your work-related meetings and jobs within working hours. If you’re having to travel for work whether you are an CEO, corporate employee or FIFO worker, spend a bit of extra time in organizing your travel so you are spending less time on the road and more time being productive either with your family or in your work place.
Achieving the ultimate work-life balance is a constant act of juggling jobs and putting the important priorities first. Whilst it may be difficult to implement, having a structured work-life balance, is not impossible to attain.