Friday, 17 June 2016

Ways you can balance your work life and personal life

Balancing work with your personal life can be a difficult task especially as you are expected to meet daily targets, attend meetings, work extra hours etc at your place of work. 

A lot of people end up being stressed out or worked up due to the numerous challenges they face balancing their work with their personal life especially when they are parents.  

When you find it difficult to balance your work and personal life, it tends to make you less productive and likely to be stressed out. 

If you find yourself in this predicament then I advise that you read this article to help you create a balance between your work life and personal life.

Try to manage your Time:

You have to know how to manage your time effectively to enable you strike a balance between work life and personal life. 

Try to study and find out how you spend your time, especially if you spend so much time on unnecessary things and things with low priorities after work, then replace them with vital things (E.g. going out on family outings or spending time to do homework with your kids) that add value to your personal life by drafting a personal schedule which will guide you appropriately on how to spend your personal time after work.

Ensure that you discipline yourself by concentrating on crucial aspects that are very important to you and spend them appropriately so as to reduce stress and reduce the risk of being burned out.

Focus on one aspect at a time:

It is advisable that you should focus on one aspect at a time to create a balance.

When you come to work, focus on your job role and when you are at home spending your personal time, focus on it. Try not to mix up doing your office duties at home when you are supposed to spend your personal time and vice visa. 

Ensure that you complete your task given to you in the office as possible to allow you spend adequate personal time effectively.

A lot of people find it difficult doing this hence when they are supposed to spend quality time with their wife and kids or even going out on a date, they end up carrying work home thereby neglecting family or personal time.

Ensure you relax:

Relaxing is key in helping you remain healthy and striking a balance between work and personal life.

There are times you completed your task before deadline or you are less busy at work, try to use such opportunity to relax, chat with fellow colleagues or anything that gives you joy while in the office. 

This is needed to reduce work related stress and boost your health. 

Schedule your personal time:

It is of little or no use when you don’t properly schedule your personal time. If you lump all your personal activities and outings at once, let’s say you pack all your personal activities in one day, you will find out that you are likely to end up more stressed than you originally were when at work. So try to space your personal activities by getting a schedule that clearly space out and define how you spend your time.  

Exercise regularly:

Exercising regularly, eating healthy/ balanced meals and sleeping adequately increases your chances of achieving the balance between work life and personal life. Exercising reduces stress, makes your body refreshed and healthy with a good feeling. So focus on it and try to map out time to exercise regularly.

Overall, remember it is your life and it needs to be attended to, so ensure that you give your personal time utmost respect and follow it diligently to enable you strike the balance between work life and personal life, with the exception of cases of emergency.


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