How to Achieve Work-Life Balance Right Now
Finding the balance in life can be difficult. Our entire lives have revolved around finding a balance of some sort.
When we were young, we had to find the balance between school, extracurricular activities, and friends. As we entered into adulthood, a whole new set of balances emerged. For more, our days currently are filled with going to and from work, with the remainder of our time outside of work leaving us to fill it with aspects of our lives that we love and want to do.
When thinking of your day-to-day schedule in such a planned way, it can be overwhelming. It can be quite common for many people to feel burnt out about their daily schedules. Wake up, commute to work, work all day, commute home, prepare dinner, bed. Most wake up and repeat this schedule for 5 days during the week. It can begin to feel quite monotonous after time... so, the big question looming is how does one find that work-life balance when already feeling the effects of being burnt out? It's not too late to find that work-life balance, it just takes action and persistence.
Here are a few suggestions on how to try to find a work-life balance that may work for you:
Leave work at work.
It can be hard...it's understandable. But to truly be able to find that separation between work and life, you have to leave work at work. Use the drive home to defrag and process your day if needed, but leave those thoughts in the car or at the office. If your work life continues to trickle into your home each and every night, there is no way that you will be able to establish boundaries to separate the two.
Decide what day your work day is going to start, and stick to that. Then, decide what time of day work is going to end, and stick to that as well. Sounds easy, right? If you are a workaholic, it will take time and persistence to get used to those boundaries, but it will help transition you into having more life when you know you are able to step away from work at a certain time each and every day.
Take a vacation.
If you are on the verge of a burnout, take time for you. Signs of being burnout can vary from each person but can consist of irritability, lack of drive, lack of motivation to get things done, distancing yourself and the list goes on. If you feel things like this, it's time to take a vacation! Taking a vacation can do amazing things and re-energize you!
If you feel that your time at work is unbalanced with the rest of your life, communicate this to your employer. Consider letting them know that your schedule may be changing soon to accommodate you to have a better work-life balance. You may be surprised that your employer may support that decision more than you think. Also, communicate your feelings to your family as well. While you may feel that you are showing signs of being burnt-out, those around you may not know that.
Implement exercise into your day-to-day.
While it may seem like you don't have time to add anything else to your busy schedule, consider trying to add a bit of exercise daily if possible. Exercise does a great job of giving a boost of natural energy that may power you through your time. It also releases positive endorphins into your body that give you a feeling of positivity. It's worth a try to give you a natural boost to get through your day!
Feeling burnt out from the activities of work and life can be a normal feeling for a lot of people. It happens more often than we realize and like to admit, but it doesn't have to be the norm for your life.
Try a few of the suggestions above and see if they can help you achieve that balance that you are looking for. Remember to put your health and your happiness on your radar to achieve the work-life balance that you are looking for.
By implementing a few changes every day, you may be surprised how quickly your balance begins to level out for your life.