Does it feel like work is always taking over your life?
If it does, you need to learn to find some balance. Bringing work home all the time can affect your relationships, your social life, and maybe even your health.
It’s easy to tell someone to leave work at work, but it’s not an easy task to do when you’re dedicated to your job. It’s even harder to do when you work from home.
Work and Life – What’s the Difference?
Work is an important part of life for many people. They’ve devoted tons of time to become the best at what they do. They live for work. That type of lifestyle can drain you after a while though.
People that spend all of their time focused on work, taking little time for themselves, can quickly experience burnout.
Job burnout is a type of stress, and there are many things that can bring it on – from disliking your job to taking on too much work on the job.
Life is supposed to be about everything else, all of the things that aren’t “work-related.” For some people, it’s about vacations and fun, and it’s about family or their spouse. For others, it’s simply about having “me” time.
How to Overcome Work-Life Balance Issues
There are numerous work-life balance practices you can put in place to help you avoid burnout and work-life conflict.
If you’ve ever had to cancel on your partner or missed your kid’s softball game because of your job, you know how your career can affect your personal life. You don’t have to let it though. There are things to do to help keep work at work.
1. Leave Everything at the Office
Unless you’re being paid to take work home with you, leave it at the office. It will still be there when you get back tomorrow. Don’t even think about work when you get home.
It’s easier to forget about work when you’re not at work if you’re doing things that help keep your mind off of it. Find time to spend time with your family or romantic partner. Pick up a book or a hobby.
If you work from home, it helps to have a set workspace. When you’re not in your “work area,” you’re off the clock.
2. Keep an Organized Schedule
Work has its place, at work. If you work from home, being organized and having a schedule are even more important. You want to have set times for breaks and lunch, and quitting time, just like you would if you punched the clock at a store, office, or factory.
If you have to bring home with you (maybe you work a job where you’re on call, which means you always have to be ready), make sure that you take time to breathe.
Breaks are good for you, so take them any time you feel like you need one. It can help get you motivated to get through the rest of the workday.
3. Turn Your Ringer Off
If you’re not on call, but you still tend to get work calls when you’re not on the clock, start shutting off your ringer. If you think you might get an emergency call from a family member, just keep the ringer on low and ignore calls that have anything to do with work.
4. Don’t Check Your Emails During Family Time
When you’re having family time or spending time with your significant other, put the phone away and don’t check your emails. If you’re spending any of this time glued to your phone or computer, then you’re really not experiencing family time.
Having a “no phones” rule at the dinner table or during holidays for the entire household will help you stay off yours too. This is a great way to make sure everyone is paying attention to one another.
Consider Your Work-Family Balance
Not only do you need “you time,” but if you have a family, it’s important to make time away from work for the other people that are part of your life.
There is nothing wrong with scheduling family time or time for romance. People these days live extra busy lives, like side hustles and time at the gym, you need to make sure you have time for family and romance. Have a weekly date night or even a monthly one, if you’re both too busy to do it weekly. Have at least one night a week where the family sits together for dinner and talks about life.
Keeping the Balance
By keeping work at work and putting some focus on life outside of work from time to time, you can avoid burnout. You don’t have to have work-life conflict – you just have to stay focused on all of the things that are important in your life.
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