The Everyday Superhero: Finding That Work-Life Balance
Published on May 6th, 2015 | by Joan Makai
You wake up in the morning thinking of what you need to do for the day – prepare breakfast, take kids to school, rush to work, get your small business running, etc. You haven’t even sipped that coffee you just brewed and you’re already stressed.
Wanting to achieve that work-life balance is hard and, the sad truth is, not a lot of people really get to do this successfully. But below are some tips which could help you.
- Assess Your Goals
Psychologists say that the problem starts with unrealistic goals. There are times when we wish for more than 24 hours a day so we can do our work at the office for the first 8 hours, attend to our business the next eight, spend time with our family for another eight and get that 8-hour sleep that doctors advise that we should. But there’s only 24 hours in a day so we’ll have to work around that which God and / or nature has given us.
Set your goals based on that. It’s going to be a very tough decision and you will have to sacrifice a bit of something here and there if you want to make it possible to have it ‘all’.
- Don’t Just Work Hard, Work Smart
One way to do this is to create a practical schedule which you could follow. When doing this, see to it that you have time for rest and relaxation so that you can recharge your body and your brain.
If it’s possible, delegate some of the jobs you do – especially house chores and simple tasks in your business. There are many virtual assistants that will happily take care of menial tasks for you. Ask yourself – and your boss – if you could work on some of your responsibilities in the office at home.
- Get Rid of All the Distractions
There are a lot of those lying around in your workplace – wherever that is. It is hard to eliminate everything all at once so do this gradually. Stop multi-tasking, too. A lot of people think that this can help you do everything quickly but that is actually an example of distraction which you don’t need.
- Reassess Your Goals Every Now and Then
Practically everyone makes New Year or Birthday resolutions every year. Successful people do too but they see if these were realized or not so that, at the end of the year, they will know if it was beneficial to them.
- Squeeze in a downtime to your schedule
We’re sure you know that saying about “all work and no play” so make time for some activities that are fun and relaxing. Go out on a date with your husband or hook up with some friends for a tea-chat. Play balls with your kids or schedule a swim time with your family. This is one way to make a work-life balance work for you.
Take note that this is a work in progress. You don’t just wake up one morning and realize that this or that is the best way to go. But it’s good to make changes now to start achieving this balance in your life.