Oct 10, 2017

We all know the anxiety associated with unfinished business, whether it’s work-related or personal. For those of us who are unable to establish a sustainable work-life balance, that anxiety is something we live with all the time. Millions of people struggle on a daily basis, and fail to maintain that balance between work life and personal activity. 

If you find yourself spending extra hours at work or bringing office work home or even thinking about work when you’re with the family, you lack that critical balance. On the other hand, if you’re unable to focus on your work due to any personal issues or find your productivity hampered by concerns other than work, you need to take steps to ensure it doesn’t happen. And that’s why you need the perfect work-life balance.

Here are some of the ways you can achieve that.

Take a break…relax

How can taking a break at work help you build a work-life balance? In theory, it sounds impossible but it helps enormously. Research shows that taking a break helps you greatly increase your focus and can even lead to improved productivity.

The more focused and productive you are at work, the less time you would take to be done with work and head home. One of the biggest reasons why our work-life balance is disturbed is because we spend more time at work. Taking regular breaks would ensure that never happens.

Turn your gadgets off

Maintaining a work-life balance in a world of constant communication is almost impossible. Calls from work, professional emails, office gossip on social media, and contact with professional acquaintances can leave little quality time for you to spend with your family. It may not seem like a serious problem when viewed on a day-to-day basis, but when looking at the bigger picture, you begin to experience the consequences.

There is a simple solution, though. Find that power button and use it. The simple rule of no phones on the dinner table can make a big difference. Switching off the TV, getting off your laptop, and placing down your smartphone from time to time can radically change your daily experience. 

Plan outdoor trips with friends and family

Outdoor trips are another effective way to stay away from technology and spend some quality personal time with friends and family. 

Whether it’s a date night with your spouse or a movie night with your college friends over the weekend, a good outdoor trip can relax you enough to be in a positive frame of mind when you go to work the next day. 

Learn to say no

Agreeing to your employer’s every demand can put you in their good books but it also comes with a price. Taking on more work and always welcoming additional responsibility is the way to go if you’re looking for career growth.

However, if you want work-life balance, that’s precisely the kind of stuff you’d want to avoid. Saying no sometimes can be good for you. And the sooner you will learn that lesson, the better it’ll be. 

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