It can often be super hard to manage your time between work and home life. Over the past year or so, I’ve been trying so many ways to get the balance just right. I’ve suffered work related stress, depression and severe anxiety. I’m much happier now, though! I can fully un-wind at the weekends and deal with all the obstacles that crop up along the way.
Today, I wanted to share my top tips on how I manage the right work-life balance. I’m no expert, but I’ve learnt a few things along the way. If they help me, I hope they will help someone else too!
Being able to disconnect from work life, ensuring your are able to re-charge and focus on a fresh week helps so much. If switching off from your work emails/phone isn’t realistic, try putting aside a specific time. It may not always be possible to ignore anything work related at the weekend, but by putting aside specific times to focus on it; it’s worth it to feel relaxed for the remaining time.
I like to catch up on my emails on Sunday evening. This might not be ideal for everyone, but I like to face my new week head on. There’s nothing worse than having to wake up on a Monday morning and trawl through emails upon emails.
Being able to manage your time effectively, will obviously allow you to properly un-wind in your free time without the worry that your behind on something. There’s no need to get caught up in low-priority tasks, just because they are ‘easy’. Concentrate on the larger tasks with the quick approaching deadlines. That way the small, ‘easy’ tasks can be done at the end of the day without wondering where the time has flown gone.
I use to get so het up when I didn’t finish small tasks. But, hey – I’m human! You have to be realistic in what you can do in the time you have.
Acknowledge your achievements
Something I was never good at was acknowledging my achievements. Working late hours, then focusing on all the un-finished tasks was never a good thing to do. Paying attention to what you do well, and what you have accomplished is a much better way to live in that positive mind frame. Finished a project way before the deadline? Received positive feedback from a client? Celebrate it!
Anyone else have any other tips at creating the perfect work-life balance? Let me know!