Many people struggle with living and working. In this very constant quest to move up the ladder, fit into society and secure financial security, we often neglect the very life we currently have.
I once suffered from this conflictual nature. I was working so many hours with the impression that this was productive, without realising that I was sacrificing my very present life for an un-promised future desired life. I burnt out, became detached from who I am, and lost all sense of purpose outside of working.
Striking a balance between work and personal life isn’t easy when we take into account our busy schedules, lack of energy and constant external demand for our time and headspace, but it is extremely important.
Having a healthy work-life balance can leave you feeling less stressed, more clear minded, less overwhelmed and happier. While it also improves your ability to work more efficiently, it’s important to acknowledge its benefits on your actual life. You are more likely to feel in control of your life because you have choices as opposed to being forced to make sacrifices and feeling guilty about that which you have previously neglected.
I always come across many people who are adamant that they do not have time to create balance. This mindset is dangerous and it reaffirms the unconscious affirmation that you do not matter. If your life has become more busy than your own desire to live it, you’re likely to become discontent and may find yourself working without purpose. Creating a healthy balance, scheduling in some You time, picking up a hobbie, having true downtime is good for you. You’re also likely to be less stressed and as a result be healthier, both mentally and physically. So, if you are feeling stressed or overworked, there are a number of changes you can consider bettering your work-life balance.
Prioritise your Priorities
First, write down all of the things that are most important to you. Secondly, put them in order of importance. Now write down how much time each thing realistically requires per day. Lastly write out a daily schedule allocating adequate time to each thing. Note: You may not be able to do all things each day, so of this is the case, spread out the tasks and priorities over a few days so everything has it’s sufficient place.
Do Not Over Commit
When we set small reachable goals, we increase our chances of success. Overcommitting sets us up for a failing end before we begin. Be realistic with how much you can healthily achieve in one day without compromising something else, and stick to that.
Simplify Your Priorities
Once you have organised your priorities, now you must simplify each task. For example: if you goal is to spend more quality time with your children, and to get fit, you can “feed two birds with one scone” by perhaps going for a walk with your child. This kind of simplification enables you to maximise on your time and ultimately frees up more.
Find the best way to do things and you’ll soon realise that too busy is just a mindset. After all, what matters more than your wellness and life? Nothing.
This is not how your story ends.