Work life balance – why is it that it always seems to elude us?
As you might have discovered, finding and maintaining the balance that suits you best is not always that straightforward.
For me this past month has been a particularly busy one, and a little out of balance at times, with a very full work schedule, preparing my 18-year-old son to go overseas for several months as well as my own preparation to travel to Europe next month.
Creating a sense of balance in your life requires constant attention and is definitely worth the effort because when we get out of balance we find stress begins to increase and have a negative effect in all areas of our life, especially our health.
I believe balance is about understanding what is important in your life, creating your priorities and then ensuring you are scheduling into your weekly plan your important priorities.
Here are a few tips to maintain life balance and wellbeing:
Time out for yourself – As much as your work and family takes priority in your life, it’s important that you schedule “me time”. Taking just one hour, once a week to do something for yourself can do wonders for your wellbeing – and your relationships and career will benefit too.
Look after your health – Stress is one of the biggest causes of poor health so your health should be a priority. If you’re not in top shape both mentally and physically, it will affect all areas of your life. Get enough sleep, eat regularly and choose healthy options, take time out for relaxation and exercise at least five times a week.
Consciously create balance – Do a monthly life balance self assessment to ensure you are meeting your needs in all areas of your life (see the ‘Wheel of Life’ tool on my website).
Manage your time – Plan your days and prioritise your time to ensure you are setting time aside for the important things in your life, your exercise, family time, hobbies, “me time” etc. If it’s not in your diary and you have not planned for it, it may not happen.
Enjoy creating more balance in your life….