In this day and age, most of our jobs don’t end when we leave the office. There is plenty of work to be done and we now have the technology to allow us to continue working even when out of the office. While we can be extremely productive this way, it makes it more difficult to achieve work-life balance. The consulting firm Accenture completed a study in 2013 that found “work-life balance contributed more to happiness and job satisfaction than factors such as money or titles.”
Livestrong recently had an article “15 Secrets to Better Work-Life Balance” that nails it when it comes to doing things that will provide you with the work-life balance you desire. Here are the top four secrets I’ve put to use and found most beneficial:
- Spread out weekend chores- Instead of pushing everything to Saturday and Sunday
when I think I’ll have the time, I’ve started to do something each day of the week. It doesn’t take much time, and it helps when the weekend rolls around—I relax rather than dread all the chores I have lined up!
- Schedule downtime- I’m a fan of “To Do” lists so I’ve now added downtime for myself. It might only be 15 minutes, but it makes the world of difference with my stress level.
- Just say no- Since you can’t always control your workload, I’ve started to cut back on personal obligations. Instead of running out to meet a friend for coffee or volunteering an extra evening, I take my scheduled downtime for myself.
- Meditate- There are plenty of studies showing the benefits of meditation and you’ll never know how beneficial it is until you give it a try.
For more secrets to a better work-life balance, check out the Livestrong article that helped me manage my own work-life balance at http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1011127-15-secrets-better-worklife-balance/.