7 ways to achieve a better work-life balance
To celebrate International Day of Happiness we’ve put together 7 top tips to help you achieve a better work-life balance.
Most of us aren’t great at prioritising between work and a personal life, but getting the balance wrong can result in unhealthy levels of stress and reduced productivity. Today is all about improving your physical, mental and emotional well-being.
- Let go of perfection
Life can get pretty full on sometimes – little Jonny’s forgotten his PE kit again, your boss has given you an unrealistic deadline and you’ve accidentally drunk a full bottle of wine when you’re supposed to be on a diet… (hey, it happens!)
It’s important that you can embrace the less than ideal. Get outside and enjoy the scenery, don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself and stop worrying about things you can’t change. Nothing in life is perfect so find the joy in just doing your best. You don’t have to stop aiming for high standards, but stop measuring progress in terms of perfection. Despite what you may think, neither your boss nor your family expects you to get it exactly right every single time.
- Enjoy the journey
No matter how much you achieve, accomplish, and acquire in life… there is always something more to be had, another goal to pursue. In that sense, you’ll never truly ‘reach’ your final destination—so it’s important to enjoy the journey.
So what if you haven’t got the promotion this time around. Be happy that you were considered for it in the first place and work your socks off to win them over next time. While you pursue the ‘big things’ be careful not to sacrifice the ‘little things’ that make life worth living.
- Work smarter, not longer
You might not be able to work any harder, but you can certainly work smarter. Truth be told, not every task on your ‘to do list’ needs completing in one sitting and RIGHT NOW.
Learn how to prioritise your tasks and when it’s time to call it a day. Stop rewarding superfluous extra hours and stop responding to emails late at night; just because technology has made it possible it doesn’t mean you don’t have to be available 24/7. Spending long hours at your desk isn’t always productive so you should factor in regular breaks to be active and enjoy time with your family and friends.
- Look after your body
Proper exercise, sleep and nutrition are essential to maintaining physical and mental well-being. Fuelling your body with good food will make you feel better and have more energy (and your waistline will thank you too!).
Skipping just one meal causes your blood-sugar levels to dive making you feel foggy, moody and irritable. In that state, you’ll be even less likely to achieve the task that you’ve skipped lunch to complete. Step away from your desk at lunch time and go for a walk, grab something to eat and give your eyes a rest from staring at a computer screen.
- Spend more time outside
You can’t guarantee good weather on the Island so when it’s not raining or blowing a hoolie it’s important to get outside and soak up some Vitamin D. Although the days when its sunbathing weather are few and far between, spending time outdoors is a great way to beat the blues and improve vitality.
Scientists have also found that people who spend time in natural surroundings with plenty of trees experience increased immune function. So, why not leave a pair of trainers under your desk and go for a walk at lunch or you could always cycle to work to give you a morning boost.
- Limit time wasting activities
Too often our time is zapped up due to poor planning or the lack of self-discipline. How many hours have you wasted scrolling on your phone when you could be using that time to prepare a nutritious lunch yourself? And how many times have you started a task and stopped because you allowed yourself to get distracted by the (many) emails flooding into your inbox?
Instead, be strict with your time. Allow yourself to check emails at certain points during the day and try not to make things take longer than necessary.
- Embrace the off button
Technological advancements have helped our lives in many ways, but it’s also created expectations of constant accessibility which can become both draining and compulsive.
When you unplug and step back, you will be able to get a better perspective and see any problems you are wrestling with greater clarity. It also helps you be more present in the moment – watch the fireworks with your eyes, not through a camera lens and enjoy a catch up with friends without checking in on Facebook.
Is your job getting you down? Perhaps its time for a change. We have lots of new job vacancies waiting for the right candidate. Take a look online or give the friendly team at Ambitions a call on 614841.