Your boss is saying that you have to stay on work till 8pm and tonight you planned dinner because is your anniversary?
These days, work-life balance can seem like an impossible goal. We are leaving in competitive environment and a lot of people are facing fears of job loss.
The research shows that 94% of working professionals claim that they are working more than 50 hours per week and nearly half said they worked more than 65 hours per week in a Harvard Business School survey.
Experts in the filed agree: the stress from the never-ending workday is damaging. It can hurt family relationships, health and overall happiness.
Work-life balance is something different to every individual, but we will share some tips in order to help you find the balance that’s right for you
STOP BEING PERFECTIONIST
Successful people over time tend to develop perfectionism.
A lot of them at young age had many activities, connected with school, hobbies and maybe an after-school job.
So if you are one of those people, keep reading 🙂
It’s easier to maintain that perfectionist habit as a kid, but as you grow up, life gets more complicated. As your family grows, your responsibilities mushroom. Perfectionism habits becomes out of reach, and if that habit is left unchecked, it can become destructive, says executive coach Marilyn Puder-York, PhD, who wrote The Office Survival Guide.
The goal of the work-life balance strategy is to avoid burning out and let go of perfectionism, says Puder-York. “As life and family get more expanded it’s very hard, both neurologically and psychologically, to keep that habit of perfection going,” she says, adding that the healthier option is to strive not for perfection, but for excellence
We are living in an era where technology has helped our lives in many ways. But it has also created expectations of constant accessibility.
“There are times when you should just shut your phone off and enjoy the moment of silence,” says Robert Brooks, a professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and co-author of The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence and Personal Strength in Your Life. Professor Brooks says that phone notifications interrupt your time and inject an undercurrent of stress in your system.
So you shouldn’t text your kids during the soccer game and don’t send work emails while you are having dinner with your family.
You may not want to hear this but the most successful people exercise every morning.
There are several reasons because of that but is very important that exercise is an effective stress reducer. It pumps feel-good endorphins through your body and it helps lift your mood.
Puder-York recommends dedicating at least few days each week to self-care, whether it’s yoga, exercise or meditation. And if you’re really short on time, we recommend T25, which is very effective cardio exercise and last for only 25 minutes.
LIMIT YOUR TIME-WASTING ACTIVITIES AND PEOPLE
First, take a minute and think what is the most important in your life. This is individual list and will differ for everyone, so make sure it truly reflects your priorities, not someone else’s. Next, draw firm boundaries so you can dedicate quality time to these high-priority people and activities.
From there, it will be easier to determine what needs to be trimmed from the schedule. If email or internet surfing is wasting a lot of your time, than you need to establish strategy rules to keep you on task. That may means to turn off your email notifications and reply in batches during limited times each day
Another thing, focus on the people and activities that reward you the most.
To some, this may seem selfish. “But it isn’t selfish,” says Robinson. “It’s called the airplane metaphor. If you have a child, you put the oxygen mask on yourself first, not on the child.” Is the same in real life, when it comes to being a good friend, spouse, parent or worker, “the better you are yourself, the better you are going to be in all those areas as well.”
TIPSSO TEAM wish you luck on implementation of your work-life balance strategy, and please share the outcomes with us 🙂