The Balancing Act
Finding a balance between work and life as we go about our day-to-day can be like searching for the proverbial holy grail.
Hillary Rodham Clinton once said, “Don’t confuse having a career with having a life.” Wise words indeed.
Some days, managing to switch off after a long and stressful day at work can be a difficult task. It becomes almost impossible to make the most out of a day – especially when all that fills your mind is everything you need to do once you walk back into the office tomorrow. By following the tips detailed below, finding the balance between your work and your life will become easily achievable. And, your time out of the office will be exactly that.
Avoiding the tipping point
Important business deals or meetings can creep up on you sooner than you expect. All the while you simultaneously deal with everything else your work and life throws at you. Therefore, a helpful tip when it comes to achieving the balance between your work and personal life to prioritise your time. It is helpful to figure out what is urgent and important verses what is important but not urgent. Similarly, it doesn’t hurt to figure out what is neither urgent nor important. Work on tasks that are required to be finished sooner first and understand the importance of another task’s completion later. With a prioritisation and planning of your time and tasks, work related stress will decrease or disappear completely, and allows you to make the most of your time out of the office!
When the day ends and you do find this time out of the office, what better way to spend it than with your family or close friends! Scheduling regular meetings with friends or specific family time not only forces you put aside the time to spend with those you love, but provides you with something pleasant to push stressful work related thoughts from your mind. Family movie nights or an organised trip to the spa with friends are perfect ways to escape and remember what is truly important in life.
Long story short, you only have one life. It is important to enjoy your work, and therefore it is also important to do whatever you can to ensure every minute spent working is as positive an experience as possible. Time flies by, and before you know it, you won’t be able to do the things you really truly enjoy. Welcome life with open arms, because in the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.