There is no magic formula to perfectly balance our work-life with our private-life. Acceptable workloads can vary by the individual.
ASK YOURSELF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS TO HELP DETERMINE YOUR VOCATIONAL WELL-BEING:
- Do you suffer ongoing emotional stress and strain because of long work hours?
- Do you find your work personally fulfilling in a constructive way?
- Are you able to make time in your personal life to spend quality time with family and friends?
- Do you get an inadequate amount of sleep each night because you can’t turn off thinking about work?
- Is work so consuming that you are unable to competently handle personal business, such as paying your bills, keeping up personal hygiene etc.?
Each of these questions addresses a major area of physical and mental well-being. On occasion, we may find ourselves in one of the above positions, but it should be the exception rather than the rule. It is possible to help equalize the balance of work life. Not everyone has control over the number of hours they work, but there are still ways to focus on better time management for the things you can control.
HERE ARE A FEW:
- Plan personal time into your schedule.
- Add activities with your friends or family into your weekly calendar that help rejuvenate you.
- Fit exercise into the workday.
- Suggest walking meetings.
- Exercise or run errands at lunch and then eat at your desk.
- Set a period of time to deal with emails.
- Cut out things that don’t add value to your life such as browsing the Internet or watching television. It’s easy to get distracted by those two.
- Avoid energy suckers such as gossiping and complaining. They take up your time, and pull you into negativity.