Creating the perfect work/life balance

One of the most difficult things to achieve in life is a perfect work/life balance. Whether you’re the head of a multi-national corporation or working your way through school, you have to find a way to manage your commitments. A lot of times in life you will hear people complaining that they don’t have enough time to do everything, that they simply have too much to do, and often this can create a situation where work rules our lives. But it doesn’t have to. Work is an inevitable, and important, part of life. What you have to remember though, is that it shouldn’t control the way in which you live your life. The key is to find a way that you can balance the professional and personal aspects of your life in a way that allows you to gain the most from both. But how can you do that?

Here are some tips which I have used to help me find the best balance:

#1: Use a calendar

It sounds simple enough but so many people don’t use one. If you can give yourself a schedule so you know exactly where you have to be and what you have to be doing at what time then you make life so much easier for yourself. Taking the few minutes it takes to be organized will save you so much time in the future. Perhaps take a little time on a Sunday to plan and think about what’s going on in the coming week. Having a visual aid really helps to give some structure to your life.

 #2: Disconnect

Today we live in a society where we are constantly connected to each other via the digital world. Whether it be on your iPhone, iPad or any other mobile device you may own most people nowadays are hooked up at all times. So, now more than ever, it’s important to take time off and get away from that world. You can work this time off into your schedule so it doesn’t affect your work life. People need time to themselves and time with their family and friends and being able to take this time away from work you are much more likely to be productive when you get back.

#3: Look forward

It is essential in life that you always have something to look forward to, and let’s face it, a lot of us work so we can do these things. Simply put, you have to have fun. If you give yourself things to look forward to the chances are you will feel a lot better about what you’re doing and you’ll be able to maintain a positive attitude. The more you have to look forward to, the easier it is to remember why you’re putting in so much work in the first place.

#4: Have a little perspective

One of the biggest problems in today’s working world is the over-analyzing of every aspect of our day-to-day lives which ultimately results in (unnecessary) stress. If you let the little things get on top of you it will bring you down, mentally and physically. So what if you’ve encountered a few problems today? The likelihood is the world isn’t going to end. Just think about the positives in your life and even the fact you’re blessed with such a problem as a work/life balance. Things could be a lot worse.

#5: Do something you love

Of course, in the economic mess we find ourselves in at the moment, finding a job is not an easy feat. But, as simple as it may sound, if you do something which you genuinely love then you can achieve happiness much more easily. Doing something you love is the perfect way to get rid of the work/life balance issue. If you love what you do then the chances are you’re happy and there is no dilemma. You’ve already figured it out.

So there are my top 5 tips for achieving a great work/life balance. It has to be said that in all honesty there really is no magic solution to achieving a perfect balance as it completely depends on you, but try doing some of these things and you stand a much better chance of being happy and ultimately achieving a balance that suits you.

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