Written by Gurleen Khaira
Work-life balance: everyone wants it but very few have it. In fact, a recent LinkedIn survey found that 70% of people believe that a lack of work-life balance is their largest cause of stress. Unfortunately, the competitive job market combined with high employer expectations has made 65+ hour weeks a reality for too many people. But there are steps you can take to improve your work-life balance.
Give yourself realistic expectations- of course, everyone has to work and there will unlikely be a job where you are able to equally split your time between work and home. Before starting a job, look at online reviews about working hours from current employees, and use this information to create a plan as to how much time you can expect to give to your job.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the mountain of tasks you need to do. But take a moment to create a list of your work, and use this list to prioritize. Not everything needs to be done immediately, so take a moment to consider the importance/urgency of each task. Even better, try to display this information using a color code so by simply looking at your list, you know what you actually have to do straight away.
Create a plan
As well as having a plan for your work activities, consider having a personal plan too. Consider your hobbies and things you would like to do, and create a plan where you do one or two things every week. This means you work and get to do what you enjoy, which can make you feel that you have a good work-life balance.
Separate work from home
Now, working from home is becoming an increasing phenomenon, but that does not mean your home has to become the office. Consider having a separate work phone, or mute work notifications after a certain time. Make sure that you are not thinking of work in your ‘free time’ because otherwise your free time also becomes work time.