The idea of a successful work-life balance is more important than ever. When the pandemic began and more people were working from home, they realized just how important that balance is. Now, more employees are making it a priority to either find a job that allows for this balance or change their current position to even the scales. While the quest for an ideal work-life balance is often seen more in millennials, many businesses now realize the importance of the health and well-being of employees for production and productivity. Happy people make happy employees.
For many, this will include spending times outdoors with family and friends, having the flexibility to travel, and to be available for more family activities and obligations. As we all search for our perfect work-life balance, here are three helpful tips to achieve this goal.
Having a clear understanding of what the best work-life balance is for you and what this means for your own life is the first step in this process. This will allow you to determine what work you are prepared to take on and do for your employer. The balance will also depend on the specific time in your career or business development, as we all know that college graduates, start-up business owners, as well as entrepreneurs struggle to establish themselves early and often have to put work first. Realize that it may be difficult to establish your perfect work-life balance during these times of opportunity, change, and growth. Understanding what balance means and why it is important, is the first step in the process towards creating a happy and healthy work and life environment.
This is one of the most critical aspects to develop a good life-work balance – being able to leave your job and its inherent stresses at the door when you leave the office, each day. Being able to leave work at work, allows people to take a much needed break and return fresh the next day, ready to tackle new challenges. If you work at home, it can be a bit more challenging to know when your workday is over. Remind yourself that work is done when your laptop is closed or when you silence your phone. Have a set time each day when you are done working and can focus on family time. Being able to shut out the constant noise from a busy job or knowing when your hours have finished is critical to have a good balance.
There are number of new (and even older) hybrid jobs, like courier and delivery positions, that offer more flexible scheduling. Having the right equipment or vehicle will allow you to find your own work in this industry, and plenty of people enjoy selecting their own work hours. If you’re a small business owner or an entrepreneur, you can find flexibility in starting your own business. If you’re lucky enough to be your own boss, you can schedule your own hours and determine the jobs you take and the ones you’ll decline.
All in all, finding the ideal work-life balance is critical to a low stress, successful, long life and an overall happier well-being. It may not happen overnight, but with deliberate focus and dedication (and likely a bit of luck!), you can achieve this coveted life of stability and tranquility.
Best of Luck!