7 Ways to Achieve Work-Life Balance

By November 16, 2016For Talent
We all know the value of working hard, being ambitious in your career and reaching your goals. We also know the value of having a life outside of work, of pursuing passions and spending time with family and friends. So how does one achieve success in a career while maintaining a life outside of it? Here are some ways to help you reach that elusive work-life balance.

Don’t be a yes man

Learning to say no is crucial in ensuring you don’t get overloaded. If you find it difficult to refuse requests from management or colleagues, delay answering so you have time to properly consider what you’re undertaking. Communicate better by using phrases like: “I’ll check my tasklist and get back to you,” or “I’ll need to review my calendar before committing to that.”

Unplug

When it comes to finishing up your work day, switching off your device is as important as leaving the building. Sign out of your work email and set your status to “unavailable”. It will still be there in the morning.

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Schedule downtime

Find what relaxes you and incorporate it into your day. It might be yoga, kickboxing, cooking or just listening to a podcast but make sure you add it to your schedule like you would a work task. If you treat it as an afterthought it devalues it’s importance and you’ll end up skipping it.

Relinquish control

An important factor in achieving a good work-life balance is learning to let go of the reins a bit. Get organised, delegate what tasks you can, and trust your colleagues or staff to carry these out effectively. Trying to do everything yourself is a sure fire way to minimise your free time and also annoy your team.

Be time efficient

Don’t equate hours worked to productivity. How you spend your time is a much better indicator of how productive you are being. Small changes can make a big difference to your results, working smart trumps working hard!

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Avoid the drain

Wherever possible, limit the time you spend dealing with time wasting people. Some ways to do this are to insist on a meeting rather than informal call or chat and to request an agenda before all meetings so there is a clear structure.

Determine your own success

Don’t be too dependent on others for validation. Although it’s important to satisfy your superior’s expectations, it’s more important to satisfy your own.


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Author Aoife Geary

Aoife Geary is the Content Editor at Jobbio specialising in the areas of Workplace Culture, Diversity, Startups and Digital Trends. She's partial to a burrito, a bad pun and living way beyond her means.

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