OBTAINING THE PERFECT WORK LIFE BALANCE
July 11, 2020
The magical ability to figure out how to balance work and life from the get-go is something that just isn’t in our DNA. More often than not, the realisation that one area is lacking, arrives at a time when the damage has already been done, either in one’s work or personal life or in the worst cases, both.
The modern man faces an ever increasing array of challenges and finding a balance between work and play can be a real struggle. If you are one of these blokes and are struggling to balance your work and personal life, read on as we outline some tips to help avoid these problems:
Work during working hours
Generally, you will have working hours when you are supposed to be at work doing your job. However, for some of us, these working hours might not fall in line with who we are. For instance, for night owls, working in the morning might be burdensome, and the opposite can be said for early birds.
In other words, you should figure out when you work at your best and work only then! Of course, there will be times you might need to work overtime to complete your tasks, but that's a part of life. Things come up, and we might need to spend a bit more time and energy on them. However, you should bounce right back to your routine as quickly as possible. Try to remove any distractions so that you can solely focus on work during work hours. This will help you to be more productive during work time and stop work from encroaching into your personal time.
While work is important, you are more important. After all, if you are not functioning well yourself, your job is going to take a hit.
To ensure that you are a happy man or woman, be sure to focus on your personal life. This can include setting time for you to enjoy your hobbies, being with the family to unwind or anything else that makes you happy and is not work-related.
Take short breaks
Breaks are always necessary. They not only help you to regain your energy but motivate you to keep on pushing forward to achieve your goals. When you accomplish something noteworthy, you feel a sense of fulfilment which ultimately makes you happy, this is the perfect time for reflection and a short break.
In other words, when you take quick breaks, either from work or play, you have the opportunity to reflect and to become a much more content human being.
Fit in exercise
No matter how busy you are, there will always be some time to exercise. Not only is this a good break from work, but it helps keep you fit both physically and mentally. During exercise our bodies release an array of feel good chemicals and testosterone is increased in men. A healthy body is a happy body, and when you feel better about yourself, both work and personal life become all the more satisfying.
If you have been having trouble sleeping at night, exercise has been proven to be a great way to help.
Participate in a hobby
Whatever your hobby is, whether it be painting or playing video games, you should always devote time to it. While it might not help you in terms of work activities, what it does is keep you sane and happy! Again, when you are happier, you tend to perform much better at work and life in general. Do not ever think hobbies are a waste of time, the benefits might be less measurable but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there.
Do not forget alone time as well. This is the time that is for focusing solely on yourself. Enjoying the activities that you rarely can, whether that is to sit down on the couch and listen to your favourite songs or getting out and playing a round of golf. Another great ‘me time’ activity is a trip to the barbershop for a fresh haircut, shave, some relaxation and a good reset. When you look sleek and neat, your outlook on life tends to grow positively, aiding you in finding a more balanced and satisfactory life.
With these tips in mind, we hope that you will go forth and become the master of your own work life balance.
You know you have successfully done so when you wake up every day looking forward to what lays ahead.