It seems nigh impossible that work-life balance can be achieved and maintained in the fast-paced working culture of today. Technology may have made work easier, but it has also brought work home. At no point of time, it seems, is the working professional of today away from work. Be it checking emails during dinner, or simply the incessant pinging of the many messenger services that have put professionals today in constant touch with their bosses or clients. How can any individual maintain a semblance of work-life balance, is a challenge that needs to be addressed.
Another thing that has frenzied the pace of work today is the fear of losing the job, job security is a thing of the past. A Harvard Business School survey of working professionals reported that an incredible 94% people reported working more than 50 hours every week, while more than half reported a sapping 64- hour work week. While it might seem like the apt thing to do if you are just starting out, it can quickly turn into a habit. It can not only compound the anxiety and stress in your life, but also damage your family and relationships. It can metamorphose into a variety of symptoms that can hurt your health and overall well-being.
Here are some simple pointers to help you better understand how to manage your work-life balance:
This word might be thrown around a lot of senior professionals in the work-place, and even our parents at one point of time, and there is a reason to it. You are the master of the time you have, understanding your needs and prioritizing your time accordingly should be something that comes naturally to you.Never ignore your health for work, it is the surest way to harm your professional life in the long run. Your family is your support system, you need to spend time with them regularly. Keep a diary to plan your week in advance. As counter-intuitive as it may sound, having a schedule is essential to sneaking in some me-time in the middle of your work day as well. It is important to understand what really matters to you to prioritize your time efficiently.
Understand your body
Your body works on a certain schedule. If you feel that you are at your best in the morning hours, make it a point to get a majority of your work done in those hours. If you feel you are at your lowest productivity in the evening, take that time off to play a sport. Understanding your body clock is very important to utilizing your time for doing the things you need. The more you understand your body, the more efficient a routine can you establish for yourself. The best part about this is that it will not only give you a great sense of well-being, but also increase your productivity.
Set your pace
Some projects at work really catch our attention and often turn into a full-time obsession in our desire to get the best result. The most important thing to understand, when at work, is that there is always going to be something to do. You need to set a pace you can keep up without burning out. There will always be days that demand that extra mile from you, setting a pace you can keep up with will keep you fresh when that need arises. More importantly, setting your own pace will keep you relatively relaxed when you reach home, instead of feeling drained and fatigued.
Talk to your boss
Make sure that your superiors understand how they can get the best out of you. They may not know your working style until it becomes a detriment to their plans, at which point it would be too late. Make sure you talk to them regularly about how you plan on approaching the work they are handing you. There is nothing more pleasing for a boss than an employee who gives realistic deadline and invariably delivers on them. Your superiors are also going through the same work-life balance quandaries that you are, only they are far more experienced in handling it. Talking to them would definitely give you plenty of insight on how you can manage your work without burning yourself out.