7 Ways to Put Life Back in Work-Life Balance Infographic
Work–life balance is a concept including proper prioritizing between “work” (career and ambition) and “lifestyle” (health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development/meditation). Related, though broader, terms include “lifestyle calm balance” and “lifestyle choices”. Here are 7 ways to put life back in work-life balance.
Choose the right line of work
The first and perhaps the most important step that you can take is to do what you love doing. All concepts of management and organization behavior fall into pieces if you are stuck in the wrong job. If you don’t enjoy your work, every day will feel like an ordeal. An average effort will seem exhausting and you will keep on piling stress.
Synergise with Company
We all have different personalities, same holds true for organizations as well. Organization’s mission statement is not just a series of pleasant words; it actually offers you an insight into the company’s philosophy. Try to find work in a company whose vision aligns with yours. When you synergies your personal goals with the company, not only does it improve your performance but also your work/life balance.
Although procrastination is not a recent phenomenon, it has increased dramatically with the advent of computers and smartphones at workplace. With a whole new world of endless content available at the click of a button, it is easy to wander away from your tasks. However the choice you need to make is pretty simple. Do you want to keep lingering on at work or do you wish to enjoy quality work/life balance.
Staying longer at work doesn’t earn you brownie points
Some people believe that staying late at work gives an impression that they are burning the midnight oil. Some people stay late because their peers do so. Although it is normal to stay late at work sometimes due to an unforeseen contingency, but it becomes unjustified when it starts to become a habit. It turns into a sign of inefficiency rather than hard work.
Don’t take work to home
Your employer will never appreciate if you run your personal errands during office time. So it makes perfect sense when your family complains about you taking those meetings on laptop during dinner time.
Put your weekends and vacation time to use
Make the most of your time off. Stop spending your Sunday afternoons looking at clock and counting the no. of hours you have got till work. Don’t be tempted to take pay in return of vacation period. Spend quality time with friends, family, explore new places, pursue your hobbies, do things that make you happy.
Offer uncompromised quality
Work/life balance doesn’t mean you can’t push yourself at work. It doesn’t give you a license to slack off. When you work, make sure you set high standards for your performance and strive to achieve the best for both you and your company. Once you prove yourself as a valuable asset for the company, the company cherishes it as well. You can only ask for your rights when you fulfill all your duties; we might have learned it in school but it does hold true at work too.
Remember that your employer doesn’t derive sadistic pleasure by making you slog all day long. So if you manage your time, choose the right job and make the most of your time at home, you won’t feel the need to look at your watch every half an hour.