A Guide to Maintaining Work-Life Balance
You’ll be happy to hear that it has never been easier for women to juggle a happy family life alongside a thriving career. It’s the 21st century and women are now choosing to have it all – a rewarding and challenging career, a blissful family life and some solitude to find some much-needed time for themselves.
When it comes to finding that ideal work-life balance, it’s not a ‘one-size fits all’ solution. In fact, this is a very personal task that can be difficult to get right. One of the most important strengths to cultivate is resilience, which will help you stay on top of the things that really matter. Here, we’ve put together some top tips for maintaining that all-important work-life balance.
Spend time sorting out your priorities
If you’re looking to strike the balance just right between work and life, then it’s important to have all your priorities in order – both professional and personal. To help figure out your key responsibilities, why not ask yourself a few questions?
- What is non-negotiable?
- What tasks do you have to shine in and which ones can just be good enough?
- What are your most important commitments at work, as well as at home?
Answering these and having clearly defined responses will help you to prioritise workload and make any adjustments that could have a negative impact on family life.
Communicate effectively with your employers
It’s vital that you keep communication lines open at all times between yourself, HR and any superiors. Be 100% honest and open about your needs – that way if any issues arise at home, you will have the flexibility required to sort any problems quickly. Hopefully, this will give your employer time to develop alternative solutions in case of emergencies at home. These alternative arrangements will help ensure your overall productivity and performance does not suffer.
Become fluent in the language of delegation
It’s important that you acknowledge it’s impossible to do everything yourself and a little help can go a long way! If you’re currently doing everything yourself, you’re simply fatiguing yourself. Deciding early on what tasks you must complete yourself and what others can take care of will help to save you a stress-induced headache in the future. Make sure to seek out help from co-workers and family members.
Limit any time-wasters or distractions
When you’re trying to maintain a work-life balance, every minute is crucial – at work and at home. If you want to reach optimum productivity, it’s essential to limit smartphone checking, casual internet surfing and make sure to stay away from chatty co-workers.
Draw a line in the sand between work and home
Make sure to set boundaries so that you can enjoy every aspect of your life. Leave work at work, don’t bring headaches home with you.
Make time for yourself
Make sure you to take time out to do things for you! Sometimes it’s okay to be a little selfish and think about yourself for a change. Why not get a massage, read a book, re-watch your favourite TV series, or just do nothing at all?