Checking emails on the weekend, finishing a presentation, or moving up unfinished work, so you don't get overwhelmed on Monday morning? Unfortunately, this is increasingly the reality for many workers. The pandemic, forcing us to work from home, hasn't necessarily helped, as the lines between work and personal, or family, lives are increasingly blurred. The lack of a commute to work, arranged breaks with work colleagues, and a clear end to the workday with a walk home, has further contributed to the loss of clear boundaries between work and leisure. As a result, it is difficult for many people around the world to find a balance between work and private life, even though home office has been praised by many as a means of achieving a better work-life balance.
However, a conscious work-life balance is important for overall well-being and health. Work should not take over; time off is an essential source of energy. If this is not balanced in the long run, it can lead to depression and even burnout.
In order to improve one's own work-life balance, priorities must be set proactively. It is essential to know and respect one's personal priorities. What is important in life? What do you not want to do without? What aspects of life can't be compromised?
Once you have established your priorities, set boundaries for your work life. Resist the urge to work too long, and instead, stick to your fixed hours. Conversely, set a work schedule and stick to it as much as possible.
It is also important to work efficiently, that is, to be productive in a short period of time. To do this, it's better to take a break afterwards. Shorter, more productive work hours have been shown to lead to better mental health. Consider not only your professional passions, but pursue your personal ones as well. Pursue activities you enjoy outside of work. By keeping up with both your professional and personal interests, you can develop and maintain a healthy work-life balance. Pay attention to your self-care. Make specific time for it, because when you prioritize self-care, you can consistently do what it takes to feel your best. Finally, there is more to life than your professional career. So when you devote time, energy and resources to not only your professional passions, but to your personal passions as well, you'll be able to be your best wherever you go, including at work. This is how you will achieve unparalleled feelings of success, both professionally and personally!