Work-life balance is a concern for many people, especially those who work sitting in front of a screen, which is the case for many jobs these days.
In this article, I’ll show you 3 different ways to achieve better work-life balance in only 5 minutes. Sounds too good to be true, well read on, and you can decide for yourself:
#1 Arrange lunch with your coworkers
As the pace of work picks up, and especially in healthcare and other service industries, our focus is often on our work, and the people we are serving.
This is mostly a good thing! We always want to perform at our best and deliver the best service to the people we are helping.
It can be a bad thing when we lose our connection with our coworkers for the sake of the people we serve. There’s a simple solution: ask your coworkers to join you for lunch. Ask as many as you can and a local restaurant can accommodate.
Inviting everyone will give you an opportunity to say “Hi” to people in your office you may not have spoken to in sometime. You’ll also get a chance to connect with your coworkers outside of the office environment. This can be very beneficial to build bonds that hold relationships together.
By knowing your coworkers, and having them know you, you will be more empathetic to their emotions, more understanding of their opinions and they will hopefully be more aware of yours as well. This leads to more effective teamwork and the ability to support each other in the office.
Be mindful to not take this to extremes. It’s important to have parts of your life that don’t involve work in any way. While you may develop friendships at work, a healthy work-life balance includes friends and activities away from work.
What I’m suggesting is making sure you have a basic understanding and relationship with the people around you. This will improve your work-life balance by easing the transition between your personal world outside of work and the professional environment you work in, while keeping a healthy separation. And, you can achieve all this by simply asking your coworkers to lunch!
#2 Create a list of goals you want to accomplish at work before the end of the week
An important part of achieving better work-life balance includes accomplishing your tasks at work, so you don’t feel like you have anything “hanging over your head” during your hours away from work.
Your position may require that you address many different demands from people within and outside of your organization. When your plate is too full, it’s likely that something may fall off.
Start each week with a small list of goals you want to accomplish before the end of the week. List each goal, including its priority and resources required to complete.
Having an overview like this can help you plan more effectively, which reduces your stress, and also helps you accomplish all that you’ve set out to do.
When someone requests another task be completed, you can also make a clear determination of whether you have time to complete it before the end of the week. This will help you avoid taking on too much work, which can significantly impact your work-life balance and leave you feeling drained at the end of the week, with “still more to do”.
Take a few minutes, and write down your goals for the week, and you’ll have already accomplished one: planning your week for better work-life balance 🙂
#3 Plan your time off on the weekend
When you plan your week, also take a moment to plan your time off. In the same way that we can feel that we didn’t “accomplish everything” at work, we can also feel as though there are things “in the back of our mind” that need to be resolved outside of work.
This could be something as mundane as routine maintenance for your car, or more significant such as choosing your wedding invitations. Whatever the significance, there are certain tasks you must also accomplish in your time away from work. Some may be more joyful than others, though all need doing for you to lead an orderly life.
You should have a good grasp of these “daily life” tasks so that they do not intrude on your work hours, either in practice, such as skipping your lunch to complete an errand; or in thought, still thinking about an obligation outside of work that takes your focus away from the task at hand and upsets your work-life balance.
Perhaps more importantly, you need time to RELAX too 🙂 When your time outside of work is spent chasing one errand after another, you end up with very little down time. For young parents, down time may appear to be an illusion; however, when planning your responsibilities, you can also plan to take much needed time to rest, relax and have fun.
Living an ordered life outside of work provides greater work-life balance. All you need to do is plan and schedule your regular tasks to be sure “daily life” goes smoothly and you get some “me” time too!
Better work-life balance in 5 minutes is possible!
While it may have seemed impossible, you should see clearly that it only takes 5 minutes here and there to achieve greater work-life balance. By building healthy relationships with coworkers, and planning your time at work and your daily life outside of work, you can reduce your stress, perform better at work, and feel a greater sense of accomplishment. Now, go for it!