I recently read an extremely interesting article about work-life balance burnouts. Majority of us (whether in a couple, with kids, in a share house or at home with your parents) struggle with a healthy balance of work-life balance.
With this being a continual topic of conversion, I set out to on a quest to find why we are still struggling with this and what is the:
Key to a successful work-life balance!
After reading many articles, I found some similar steps in which help gain a work-life balance.
The list below are my findings:
- Track Time: schedule in your day-to-day activities, whether work or personal. You have one life, so doesn’t one calendar/planner make the most sense. This will also help you visualise your free or busy periods.
- Set Priorities: write down a list of your top priorities (example: buying your dream car, getting a promotion, or picking your kids up from school every day?). Then write a list of all the actions you do that are unnecessary and get in the way of these priorities (example: keeping your email notifications on out of work hours, if something is extremely urgent your boss or employee can call you).
- Leave work at the ‘Front Door’: As mentioned above, turn your work emails off out of hours, make time for your lunch break, or set alarms to remind you to leave work at an appropriate time.
- Work smarter not harder: create a routine and stick to it, automate tasks, conjoin tasks (example: go to gym in your lunch breaks, order your groceries online, or get to work 30 mins early to complete/organise personal emails and tasks). By doing tasks in a more efficient way – you will be surprised at how much time you will gain.
After too many hours of research, I felt like I had to give up. With endless causes of burnouts, and even more cures, is there really a simple solution?
In the end, every worker has their own steps that can create an effective work-life balance.
Then I found the article that resinated with me. Written by the one and only Richard Branson. Richard highlighted that he himself has suffered from the stresses of mixing work with play. He went on to say that although he once was suffering;
…..today he holds his head high with zero work-life balance burnouts.
I had to re-read this sentence TWICE, to have no work-life stresses seems impossible (even if I did incorporate the list of above findings)!
Richards view on work-life balance is surprisingly different to many others. Instead of focusing all his time and energy on separating work as work and play as play
He moulded the two!
In the end life stresses are inevitable, however, when cleverly balanced or cleverly ‘moulded’ ~ productivity can be produced.
I will leave you with a quote from king of business himself:
“I’ve never really understood why so many people separate work and play – it’s all living” (Richard Branson).
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