Every now and again, the challenges of balancing home and work life can start and have an impact on your overall health and well-being. With today's 9-5 way of living it is key to make to most of your time outside of work to live both a healthy and fulfilled life. Below are a few tips back some renowned quality healthcare professionals.
Understanding Your Current Position
Work-life balance means different things to different people at different stages of their lives. Jobs and careers, children and other dependents, leisure pursuits and impending retirement will each assume a different level of importance as you move through your working life. Understanding your own needs and priorities is the first step to improving the balance.
So what needs to change?
- What are the three most important things in your life at the moment?
- To what extent does the time you spend on them reflect their importance?
- What types of tasks are on your 'To Do' list? Are they your priorities or someone else's?
- What wastes your time? Could you do anything to stop it happening?
- What pressures are you under at the moment?
- Can you prioritise them?
- Could anyone help you with any of these tasks?
- What would you rather be doing?
- What can you change to help you achieve what you'd rather be doing?
Maintaining the balance
The top tips of maintaining a balance is extensive but most of them are common sense, yet, they are often over-looked and often succumb to outside influences...paticularly diet at Christmas!
Here are a few of them:
- Don't over-commit yourself
- Delegate tasks where possible
- Make a list, or plan, and stick to it
- When you identify a problem, talk to someone about a possible solution
- Focus on critical tasks
- Don't take work home unless absolutely necessary
- Don't miss meals to save time
- Plan a holiday
- Your well-being is down to you to protect
By introducing some rules to running your daily life, you could start to achieve more of a balance and make improvements:
- Make daily schedules
- Don't be a perfectionist
- Learn to say "No!"
- Learn to prioritise
- Decide what's important to you
- Accept help if it's offered
- Plan ahead
- Combine several activities