Work/Life Balance 101: 6 Inspiring Expert Tips
In an increasingly connected world, it can be harder than ever to draw a distinct line between your work life and your personal life. However, for many people getting a good work/life balance is essential for them to live a happy, fulfilling life.
In an increasingly connected world, it can be harder than ever to draw a distinct line between your work life and your personal life. However, for many people getting a good work/life balance is essential for them to live a happy, fulfilling life. So, how can we go about separating our work life from our personal life, so we can perform at our best in both? We’ve chatted to six wellbeing experts to get the low down on their top tips for maintaining good work/life balance.
“I find journaling a vital tool in creating space for me to identify the most important aspect of my life at that time and give it the attention it needs. It helps me to grow as a person and think through my core values, motivation, beliefs and priorities, see patterns of behaviour that influence the choices I am making, find options when I can’t see any, and then support myself in making any changes. Try it and see. Here are some questions you could ask yourself:
- Where do I feel overwhelmed?
- What in my life needs urgent handling – and what options do I have to deal with this?
- What am I doing that I really don’t need to?
- What am I tolerating that I could change to make my life better?
- What can I do that helps me support my wellbeing in a healthy way?”
Caroline from www.daretobehappier.com
2. Love What You Do
“In order to truly harness an authentic work/life balance within your life and career & business, you need to LOVE what you do each day, surround yourself with people who share your vision and values in every aspect of your everyday life. You have to be able to be YOU. Separate personalities for work and general life do not work in the long run. Be true to yourself. Do what you feel serves a purpose.”
Saija Mahon from http://www.mahondigital.co.uk/
“You need to be truthful to yourself and accept the scientific fact that if you exercise regularly you will get the time back in happiness, productivity and a longer, healthier life. The mistake people make is trying to go from no exercise to three intense workouts a week. That doesn’t work. Start slow – with something like yoga and build a habit around it. Learn how your mood is affected and how you fit it in. Then build from there. A healthy habit will carry for a lot longer.”
Matt from https://www.joinflex.tv/
”The often-elusive combination of a successful work/life balance when striven for from a contemporary ego-driven approach actually often moves us further away from the holy grail we seek. To redress the balance, we need to take time to practice the necessary (not selfish) act of self-care to refresh and re-energise ourselves daily. Remember to take steps along the way to dis-empower the high stress levels prevalent today, and take the positive action needed to stop them affecting life and health. Now’s the time to do something about it because one thing is for sure on our last day on earth I doubt any of us will ever say ‘I wish I’d worked harder and longer!”
Sue Curr from https://www.suecurr.com/
“The way to make yourself most effective at work, is to eat as healthily as you can, do exercise or a sport that you enjoy, sleep seven hours, avoid technology too close to bed time, give yourself time to clear your head (e.g. a walk at lunch time) and most of all be kind to yourself as you can’t perform well at work if you are tired, stressed and eating badly (i.e not getting the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy). The time you spend rejuvenating yourself will be rewarded in the workplace as you will make fewer mistakes, be proactive and most importantly be more creative which will lead to better idea generation and decision making which means you are more likely to succeed.”
Peter Dickinson from http://www.kub-uk.net/
6. Find Balance
“Life is a constant evolution of trying to balance things – finances, stress, work, relationships, family, play and so on. When we are out of balance, things stop working. It is our sign to ascertain what needs realigning. How can we maintain a positively healthy work/life balance?
- Eat, sleep, meditate and exercise well. Looking after the body ensures that our chemical cocktail is supporting us physically.
- Work with your natural energy cycles to increase productivity – work will be much more satisfying.
- Spend some social time with colleagues – you spend a lot of time with them so nurture a sense of belonging and home.
- Take time out regularly to recalibrate – from doing five seconds of meditation throughout the day, to enjoying retreat time during holidays.
Emotions are merely signals that we are out of balance in some way, use them as a tool for navigating the complexities of maintaining a healthy work/life balance.”
Georgina from http://georgina-lester.com/
For more tips on how to improve your work life so you can be healthier, happier, and more productive, why not check out some of our other expert blogs on office life? From boosting your productivity to the perfect snacks to eat at your desk, there are plenty of ways to get the most out of your job.
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