6 Tips To Improve Your Work-Life Balance



Friday 7th April 2017
Amy Turk

Many people find it difficult to prioritise between work and lifestyle. The expression “work–life balance” was first used in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s to describe the balance between an individual’s work and personal life.

According to a Mental Health Foundation survey, nearly two-thirds of employees have experienced an adverse effect on their personal life, including lack of personal development, physical and mental health problems, and poor relationships and poor home life.

Here are ten tips to better your work-life balance:

1. Leave work at work. – Before you finish for the day, make a list of things you need to do the next day and leave it there! Once you have closed your diary and walked out of the office, your work day is over! If you struggle with this concept, you can use a technique called a ‘step-breathe’ technique where you take a slow breath and acknowledge that you’ve left.

2. Step away from your emails! – It is almost impossible not to check your emails. Most people today have their email accounts connected to their mobile phones. But if your office hours finish at 5 pm, you should not be expected to reply to emails after that time! Put your phone away for a few hours when you get home and spend time with your children or read a book and reply to your emails in the morning!

3. Communication. – If you have significant family commitments, let your boss know that you need to be there! If you’re going to be unavailable over the weekend, communicate with your boss and gain their support.

4. ‘Me Time!’ – Take time out of your day to take care of yourself whether that be 10 minutes of meditation or mindfulness or 20 minutes of exercise – it’s so healthy to fit time in for yourself during a busy work day and will give you a little bit of escapism.

5. Know when to ask for help. – If you are feeling overwhelmed with your workload and you’re bringing stress back to your home, explain your situation to your boss to see if they suggest how to alleviate this for you.

6. Set Boundaries. – Establish what work you will do at home and what you will get done at work and stick to that!

It’s so easy to let your job take over your personal life, but all you have to do is ensure that your work priorities are in order and make sure you take a timeout when you get home!


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