It would be an understatement to say that so much has changed over the last three years. One of the biggest shifts has been the increased levels of remote working or hybrid jobs that are out there. The realities of this situation can be quite hard to juggle and figure out, but it’s so important to try to create and maintain a healthy balance within your life.
Here are some tips you can abide by to help maintain your work/life balance! Some of these can be quite difficult to do especially if you work from your home, or if you are self employed.
Don’t check your work email/messages after your dedicated work hours.Try to mentally switch off after your work day ends. This is easier said than done, and can be difficult to do. If you are in a position where you are managing other people or projects, and receive an email after you have finished for the day, try to really prioritise things that need to be done that second, or whether it can wait until office hours tomorrow.
Establish physical boundaries within your own home. If you are in the office everyday, try to leave your work-related tools in your office, or limit what you bring home with you. If you work from home, try to dedicate one specific area of your home for work related tasks, and don’t bring that into other areas of your home. Having physical separation between your work and home life once you hit the end of the day can help you to leave your work at ‘work’.
Have a daily routine and stick to it. This doesn’t necessarily mean you must have a strict schedule that you never veer from, but this can help you maintain any boundaries that you have set in place for yourself. Having a structure to your day can help improve your focus and organisation. Having clearly defined structure to your morning, or night can help you establish healthy habits between work life and home life.
Make sure you are taking time to do things just for you. After a long week it is very easy to spend the weekend catching up on things around the house, or playing chauffeur to the kids, but try to fit in activities that you like to do. Whether that’s going to the cinema, meeting your friends for lunch, having a bath or doing a hobby you love, don’t forget to prioritise yourself in the hustle and bustle of everyday life!
Ultimately, it’s important to find the work-life balance that works for you. You can risk running into a career burnout, which is never an ideal situation. It’s also important to remember that a work-life balance is not a static goal. It often means allowing yourself flexibility to accommodate different work or life events that come to you unexpectedly, and allowing yourself to compromise with things without adding excess anxiety or stress. Everyone’s work-life balance could look a little different, but it’s about finding what works best for you, to make your life easier.