May 14, 2019
Whether you’re an entrepreneur or you work a regular 9-5 job, it is important to have some semblance of a work-life balance. While most people agree with this statement, very few people can confidently say they have successfully achieved it. A recent Harvard Business School survey revealed that 94% of working professionals reported working more than 50 hours a week. With most of the world’s working population putting in overtime on a weekly basis, it can be difficult to make time for anything else. However, as multiple studies have proven, having a work-life balance greatly benefits and enriches every area of your life.
With that being said, here are five steps to achieving a work-life balance:
1. Have set work hours- and stick to them.
While most people work between the hours of 8 am and 6 pm, studies show that 26% of work is completed outside of set work hours; at night and on weekends. This leaves little to no time for other areas of life; like spending time with family, catching up on missed sleep, or picking up a hobby. To avoid burning out, it’s important to prioritize other areas outside of work. Prioritizing time with family and friends and other hobbies leaves you feeling refreshed and ready for the upcoming work week.
2. Make your workspace work for you
Whether its a private office or a co-working space, most people spend the majority of their workday in a workspace of some kind. Whatever your reality, it’s important to make your workspace work for you. This means investing in the ergonomic aspects of your office. Get the appropriate chair, table, or keyboard needed for support. This can be beneficial for your physical and mental health.
3. Establish a routine
Establishing a routine is much easier said than done. However, there is no denying the benefits of a fully established and functioning routine. Take the time to write out a daily routine, and be intentional about including time for activities that fuel your soul outside of work. Whether that’s cooking dinner after work, waking up and going to bed at a set time, going for a walk, watching Netflix, etc., writing down an established routine increases your chances of sticking to it.
4. Make exercise a priority
After a long day of work, the last thing on your mind is probably exercising. However, studies have shown that the dopamine released from exercising can significantly affect your mood and decrease feelings of depression and anxiety. This, in turn, leaves the brain feeling refreshed which can lead to more productivity.
5. Use technology to your advantage
Whether it’s using apps that help better schedule your day and keep you on track, or scheduling digital meetings to avoid long commutes or working remotely from home, technology, when used well can be beneficial.