How To Maintain A Healthy Work-Life Balance In 2019
No matter how much work is important to you, it is crucial in your life to maintain a healthy work-life balance in order to feel completely satisfied. If you are among new small business owners, or you simply find a lot of satisfaction through work, you will know that this is more easily said than done. And although it might seem to you that all your hard work will eventually pay off, it is important not to detach yourself from your real, personal life and remind yourself of all the other things that you’re actually working for.
No one works a lot just for the sake of work. We all do it for the rewards we get. The money, the reputation, potentially fame, whatever it is, these goals motivate us to stay consistent and always give our best at work. Sure, if you know what you’re doing and you’re constantly working on your improvement and personal development, you will be picking the fruit of your hard work sooner or later, but here’s the thing. In order to be happy, you can’t live in the future. You need to create things in your life that will remind you on a daily basis, that everything is worth it.
The best way to do that is to establish and maintain a healthy work-life balance. Here are some good ways you can do that!
1. Practice Meditation/Awareness
If you’re thinking of work too much, even when you are in your bed falling asleep, you need to have a higher control of your thoughts. The first thing in order to control your thoughts is to be aware of them.
Sometimes, our thoughts roam and it might look nearly impossible to pick which ones will preoccupy your brain. However, practicing meditation can help you calm and clear your mind, making you more aware of what you’re thinking about and creating more space for you to control and decide what will be going on in your brain.
When you reach a consistent flow of meditation practice, you will notice that you will suddenly become the real owner of your thoughts. This way, whenever you’re thinking and worrying about work when you should be relaxing or doing something only for yourself, you’ll be able to switch more easily and provide yourself with much needed “me time”.
2. Respect Your Working Hours
Although it is completely legitimate to work longer when your work day gets super busy and some things need to be done the same day, it doesn’t mean that you should always work over hours when it is not necessary. Learn when you need to stop and try to respect your work-hours. If you should be off at 5 pm, pack your things at 5 and head out for a nice walk outside or a cup of coffee with your friend.
It is easy to fall into the trap of always working extra hours if you’re ambitious (especially if you’re working in a new place where you have to prove yourself). But sometimes, remaining longer than you should doesn’t mean you are being your most productive self. Therefore, when you shouldn’t be working, don’t.
Rather, give your brain a chance to have a break and relax.
3. No Working On Sundays
This is especially true for small business owners and freelancers. If it looks impossible for you to have a day off without even thinking of your work, then you’re doing something wrong. Everyone that wants to keep their sanity in the long run, should have a sacred day of “not working”. Ideally, this would be 2 full days, but if you can’t afford that, make sure that at least you don’t work on Sundays.
Instead of not letting your brain relax not even for a day a week, practice different ways of organizing yourself better on your working days and increasing your productivity. For example, do not work when you’re exhausted. Even if the due dates are very near, it is wiser to have a power nap of 20 minutes that will boost your energy and improve your cognitive skills than forcing yourself to finish a task with a half-focused brain.
4. Turn Off Your Phone And Email Access After Work
If you’re a responsible worker, you surely check your email regularly and answer all the calls that you receive. Although that will surely be appreciated by your co-workers and business partners, no one can forbid you (or will see it in a negative way) if you reserve your after work hours for yourself. As David Allen says, “Your ability to generate power is directly proportional to your ability to relax.”
Needless to say, you will be a much better coworker tomorrow if you allow yourself to relax today. If you turn off your phone and email access after work, you will suddenly recognize all the space and time you can use for yourself instead of wasting them on calls and emails that could be done during your work hours.