Work-life balance is essential for business success. With work-life balance, you are more productive over long periods of time because you have a more balanced perspective. You spot opportunities that you may otherwise miss had you been overworked and overtired.
1. Set goals plan and prioritize
Having clear goals makes life so much easier because you know where you’re going, how to get there and you have more control without clear goals. You can experience feelings of confusion and frustration and this can drain your energy and decrease your productivity.
A good technique is to decide what’s important to you and then to write it down. By actually writing it down your thinking is clearer and you are more likely to achieve the goal.
In writing down the goals make sure that they are specific measurable attainable realistic and timely so instead of becoming healthy a smart goal would be to join a gym and go for three days a week at 6 o’clock for one hour.
Thinking about your goals in this way you are more likely to achieve them.
2. Have a structure in place
Work-life balance is all about flexibility but to have flexibility. You need to have a solid structure around you both at work and at home. Structure is important because it brings certainty to the world. You know what’s going to happen and why it’s going to happen.
Without structure life is a bit more chaotic. You then find that you use both physical and emotional energy to bring meaning and clarity to different situations. Structure also means having the right tools to work flexibly to achieve work-life balance. You need to be able to work from a variety of locations and at different times of the day for this.
Laptops, mobile phones, mobile devices, remote access and flexible hours are important.
3. Practice good time management
Central to good time management is to do the right thing in the right way at the right time and for the right length of time. To be able to do this it’s necessary to establish your priorities and then focus only on those tasks that advance important goals. Those goals that will bring in high payoff results.
Activities that absorb too much time should then be simplified, delegated or eliminated. Good time management means focusing on results. It’s important to aim for excellence but not necessarily for perfection. When you aim for excellence you’ll achieve an excellent result but when your aim for perfection you may never quite get there.
You’ll spend far too much time in getting it completely right when excellent was all that was ever required.
4. Undertake training and the techniques required
Everyone needs the training to learn the operational techniques required for effective work-life balance. There are a number of books and courses on time management goal-setting, maximizing productivity, increasing effectiveness, negotiation, relaxation and stress management and there are a number of providers for this training tip.
5. Take holidays
Everyone needs a total break from the operational side of your role so that you can freshen your perspective on what needs to be done. It’s easy to tell yourself that you’re indispensable and always need to be around. But, if you’ve got a good structure in place with good support systems you can take time off.
6. Reward yourself
Rewards are important because they are the something extra you’ve been working towards. So after you’ve set your goals and you’ve achieved them take the reward. A big part of work-life balance is feeling great about yourself and what better way than to have lots of rewards.
So reward yourself both at work and at home. By doing this everything will become more enjoyable. Take the small rewards and take the big rewards, you deserve it.
7. Stay healthy
It’s important to eat well sleep well and exercise. Occupational health and safety is an important component of staying healthy and it’s as valid at home as it is at work.
It’s important to have a good desk, a good chair, good lighting and not to fall over cables and at home. It’s just as valid a good beard as a must because you spend so much time there.
Medical check-ups are important and there’s a whole range of healthcare professionals to provide a comprehensive service from physiotherapy through to aromatherapy and relaxation therapy. When working hard all these services are valuable and cost-effective.
8. Be positive passionate and enthusiastic
Mix with positive people and don’t accept negativity either privately or professionally. See the opportunity, not the obstacle and if you can’t see the positive side of any situation look harder, look longer and look at it differently.
There’s always a positive spin to great techniques, our positive self-talk and visualization. Instead of telling yourself you can’t do something and filling your mind with negative thoughts think positively and tell yourself “I’m a great person, I’m valuable, I’m good at what I do, everything is great, I’m excited about my work, my goals and my life.”
Visualization is a technique taught by a number of practitioners. It involves determining your end goal and actually seeing, feeling touching, and experiencing the emotion of the goal. In this way, you’ve already achieved your goal because you’re actually experiencing it.
Everything that you do moving forward is, therefore, a natural step towards achieving something that you already own.
9. Love your job
Career development is a journey and with every journey, it’s more enjoyable if you enjoy every stage. Enjoy the tasks, the people, the environment and the opportunities.
You can maximize your enjoyment by undertaking a number of professional development courses. Your enhanced knowledge and understanding will increase your control and with control, you will achieve a better balance.
So to enhance your work-life balance it is so very important to enjoy what you do will change and what you do.
10. Love your life
Enjoy the journey every day and in every possible way. You should only be doing those things that you want to do take control over your life. Be true to yourself and never accept less than you want. Enrich yourself socially, culturally and intellectually. Constantly focus on your personal development.
Achieve your goals and enjoy the journey. You’ve identified what’s important. You’re making it happen, you are in control and you’re enjoying every step of the way.