Do you have a good work life balance?
The beginning of a new year is exciting and daunting at the same time. Aspirations are high as workplace goals and personal goals are being announced and the buzz of a fantastic year ahead is in the air. In all the excitement, a work life balance is not usually high on a list of priorities. If you are anything like me, you set your goals WAY too high but at the time they all seem very achievable.
So I wondered – Is this where I am going wrong?
New Years resolutions are made and often by the end of the first month or two in the new year, these resolutions are dead and buried. All good intentions are there when setting new years resolutions, but somehow life seems to get in the way. Could it be because we are setting the bar too high? Could it be because our goals were never going to be achievable in the first place? Or could it be because we haven’t factored in a work life balance?
I am sick of feeling stressed over not achieving my goals while feeling the pressure from both work and home life. This year I am going to start the year managing my work life balance so I don’t end up falling in a heap like I did last year. I am taking responsibility for my own work and will try not to blame external factors, as I understand a work life balance will improve my happiness and aid in achieving goals.
Here are the TOP 6 tips to help you achieve that WORK /LIFE balance in your life:
- Build in downtime to your week. This can easier said than done but all work and no play makes Natalie a cranky bitch. Many occasions this year I thought I was doing well balancing everything – work, blogging, family & friends but it wasn’t until I completely lost the plot and it took my husband to tell me I needed some time off, that I realised downtime EVERY week is essential to mental and physical health.
- Go home on time. I hate watching the clock at work and often feel guilty doing so. However I am no longer 25 years old, single and with no other responsibilities. The more FREE time I devote to work (I don’t know about you but in my job there is not such thing as overtime) the less time I devote to my family – and my family are more important.
- Stop saying YES. I am a people pleaser but to the point I get upset with myself if I feel I have let someone down or hurt their feelings. I then over think things for days, even weeks about what I have done, wasting precious time that could be spent elsewhere. If I stop saying yes to work, to my husband, to my children, to my friends and to my family; and only say yes when it suits me, then this constant guilt should begin to disappear.
- Outsource some weekly jobs. I am guilty of having a to-do list of things I could and should outsource but haven’t quite gotten around to doing. This year I will be outsourcing as I am over arguing with my family over some chores and I decided that my spare time should be exactly that – spare time. Some things you could out source are: cleaning, grocery shopping online, gardening or babysitting.
- Look after No.1. Yes that is you. I am pretty good at looking after my physical health with exercise and healthy eating but mental health is just as important. Just like building in downtime into your week, it is essential to build in time for exercising, mental relaxation and healthy eating.
- Plan your week. I know this one is tedious and often very boring but a plan allows you capture every aspect of your life, devoting time to everything that is important. Each week may be different with some weeks allowing more time for work if a big presentation is coming up. Overall, in the month, you work life balance should even out.
Are you ready for a big and exciting 2016? Have you managed to sort our a strong work life balance?