Stress has always been a recurring issue for employees, managers and even business owners. It affects productivity, focus and the overall effectiveness of the workforce. To counter stress and the feeling or being overworked, many have come up with strategic plans and programs to encourage work-life balance.
Here are some tips on how to achieve a better work-life balance this 2017.
Know your priorities
Listing down your priorities helps you weigh your options. Once you’re able to identify what your priorities are, managing time and resources would follow. By making a list, you’ll also get a clear picture of your limitations, and you’ll have an idea about what you’re missing out on. By making an orderly list, you’ll get a better perspective on what you should be prioritizing.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew
Accept the fact that you’re not superhuman and that there will be times when you won’t be able to do what you’re supposed to do, even if you think you have everything mapped out. You need to understand and accept that you can’t get it all done all the time. Workaholics may feel perplexed by this thought, but the reality is that it’s inevitable. Don’t feel bad about it; it’s just how life goes.
Set your boundaries straight
It’s not always good to respond to every work-related email even during your day off or during a family gathering. Set limitations and boundaries. You’ll need to recognize that there is work time and family time/personal time. Setting limitations and recognizing boundaries will also help other people respect your private time.
You don’t need to stress about everything. Pace yourself. This goes both ways in your career and in your private life. If you want to stay healthy, happy and productive, you’ll need to pace yourself. Like people say, “life is not a 100-meter dash run, it’s a marathon.”
Teach yourself to turn down requests. Saying yes to everything may lead to your work piling up. This leads to more stress and less time for family. There’s nothing wrong with turning down requests as long as you offer an alternative action. If you accept all requests, you’re not helping the favor-asker to be independent and productive as well.
Hire a virtual assistant
When you hire a virtual assistant from virtual assistant companies, it helps to lessen the workload for you. These virtual assistants would be able to do the tedious tasks of your business for you. This allows you more time to relax, and spend the weekend with the family; it also allows you to focus on other important things relevant to your business’ growth. This is an excellent business move if you feel you’re overworked.
Balancing your life is essential to achieving better work-life balance. You’ll face tough challenges trying to balance it all out, but it’s worth a try. Poor work-life balance leads to an unhealthy, stressful and unproductive life. Hopefully, the tips mentioned above can help you achieve these goals and have a better work-life balance in 2017.