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Let’s get one thing straight: having a good work-life balance isn’t about total equilibrium. Just as life shifts and changes unexpectedly, so will the balance that you create between your work life and your personal life.
If everything isn’t 50/50 all the time, don’t stress it. It’s not about perfection. It’s about finding a rhythm that works.
Developing a structure to help minimize the changes and developing time management skills will better help you go with the flow when things shift.
You deserve to enjoy your personal life without compromising your work performance. With the right tools, you can, should, and will excel at both. 😄
Today’s culture drives it into our heads that we have to be “on” 24/7. People are finding it increasingly difficult to mentally clock out of work at the end of the day.
And with our offices mere steps away from our bedrooms, work-life balance and workplace sustainability are more important than ever.
✨ Now, let’s let the numbers do the talking:
All-in-all, finding a work-life balance gives your team the ability to perform well at work without neglecting their personal lives and goals.
A healthy balance between work and life makes your employees happier, helps them manage stress, and even leads to a more fulfilling career. So, let’s talk about how to create and encourage a good work-life balance for yourself and your team!
Work-life balance is a nuanced topic because it looks different for everyone. Every single person has different boundaries, different factors that contribute to them feeling burnt out, and different activities that help them reduce stress and feel refreshed.
If you’re feeling off-balance, there are always things you can do to refresh your routine and build healthier boundaries around life and work:
As your life changes, so will your work-life balance needs. So, it’s important to be flexible. For example, is Q4 often busy for you and your team? Pamper yourself with a bit more “me-time” in Q3 and Q1 to help offset the crazy work that happens in Q4.
Even when things get crazy, honor what your mind and body are asking for in the present moment. 🧠
Sometimes you will need peace and relaxation, sometimes you will need to head to the gym, and sometimes you’ll need quality time spent with people that you love.
Whatever it is, pay attention to your breathing and emotional state to help assess where you’re at. Your needs inside and outside of work will change as life comes at you. It’s often surprising how taking time for yourself amidst the craziness is the missing key to success!
Remember, health is wealth. Cheesy? Maybe, but it’s true. Working long, unsustainable hours can take an immense toll on your physical and mental health.
Your personal health should always be your top priority. 🙌
This will look different for everyone. But remember to move your body, drink a lot of water, and seek professional help if you need it. The right company and team won’t judge you for putting your personal health first.
Your PTO is there, so freakin’ use it!
“Hustle culture” has us believing that taking breaks is a sign of weakness. On the contrary, taking time off will leave you feeling refreshed and refocused, ready to kick butt at work and in life.
PTO is there so that you can have work-life balance. What you use it for is your business — take a vacation, refresh by doing absolutely nothing — whatever works for you. But use it!
If your work is discouraging you from taking time off, that is a sign of a much bigger issue. You have a right to have time off from work throughout the year.
This is a tough one, especially if you work from home. But setting boundaries with your work hours and work communication is vital.
If you give everyone access to you at all hours of the day, you’ll find yourself working long hours and you’ll never actually get anything done. Not only that, but you’ll get really overwhelmed really fast.
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When your home doubles as your office (and even if it doesn’t), people can get into the habit of feeling like they have access to you 24/7. This makes it really difficult to ever actually unplug and enjoy your life.
Your time spent offline is just as important to your job performance (and quality of life) as your time spent online. Remember to take time to disconnect from work (and from tech entirely, if you can swing it) so your boundaries are set firmly into place.
Research shows that a key reason many employees experience burnout is a lack of clear job roles and goals.
Knowing what needs to be done and keeping track of your goals and achievements will help you understand when you need to adjust the time at work vs. time elsewhere.
👉 Prioritizing your personal life and workload:
👉 Tracking your goals:
As an added bonus for you, keeping track of your time and achievements at work serves as a great resource to tap into when promotion time rolls around (and helps build your resume for your future employer)
Employers, you should always be working to help your employees live a healthier, more balanced life. Not only will it help them feel more supported in the workplace, but it will increase retention rates and performance.
To put it in less corporate terms–it’s a win-win for the whole crew!
Here’s how you can support your team while they find they get into their work-life groove.
Finding a work-life balance that works for you won’t look the same as your coworkers. It might change throughout the course of your life and career, and that’s a good thing! Whatever works best for you is right for you.
And if you want to make finding work-life balance fun for everyone, check out our virtual team bonding experiences! Team-building, stress-relief, and an all-around good time. What more could you want?