“Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose.” – Thomas Edison
Work-life balance is a term used to describe the balance between time allocated at work and time allocated for other aspects of an individual’s life. While work-life balance looks different for every individual, studies have proven that too much time spent with work leads to overall unhappiness with life.
Only you can find the perfect work-life balance ratio for yourself, so here are five tips to help you along your way.
1. What Matters
Sometimes we get so caught up in the “go” of life, that we forget what is important to us. Consider making a list of the values you hold vital to who you are. After making this list, compare it to what you are currently doing. If your actions don’t match, it is time to consider changes to your life that will increase your passion and happiness.
2. Schedule Your Passions In
Whether your passion lies in yoga, lifting weights, or writing poetry, it is important to schedule time for activities that fulfill you. The human mind and body require time to unwind. By constantly bombarding yourself with work stressors, you can start feeling drained. Taking time to partake in activities that make you happy will allow for you to relieve stress and ultimately perform better at work.
3. Say No
Opportunities present themselves on a daily basis. Living in a fast-pace society has taught us to make decisions quickly. Consider taking more time before committing to opportunities. While taking this time, think about how the opportunity will benefit you. Will it provide more reward than a previous work experience? Are the rewards worth my time and dedication? By considering important factors to you and your business, you can say yes to the rewarding opportunities and no to those that are unfulfilling.
4. Hard Stop Time
Whether working in the office or remotely, it is important to schedule your day. By scheduling a specific leave time or “hard stop” time, you can hold yourself accountable to the things you must accomplish before you leave work. By telling co-workers, family or friends your hard stop time, they can assist in holding you accountable for leaving work at work.
Technology has allowed us to become available at nearly any time to our professional capacity. As a result, we check our emails, text messages, and notifications every waking hour. To improve work-life balance, turn your phone off when surrounded by family and friends. It is not enough to be physically present, while mentally at work. Doing so will improve the quality of time spent with those close to you, fulfilling both you and them.
Define Your Shine!
Cassie Malhado, Growth Associate