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How To Establish A Healthy Work-Life Balance

For many of us, a healthy work-life balance feels comparable to arriving at a state of impossible nirvana. A place where we are able to make our way through our email inbox and never miss a parents evening, or where a weekend can pass by and we’re entirely present in our present, and still feeling fresh and raring to go come 8am Monday morning.

The pressures of modern life have left many of us with little boundaries as our personal and professional lives increasingly blur. But, there are adjustments and considerations to make to ensure that things on either side don't feel overwhelming or particularly domineering. Here are six ways to make a start on establishing a healthier work-life balance.

 


1. Evaluate your lifestyle

Like anything worth doing properly, you’re going to need to invest some time planning how to achieve this balance. Understand the hours where you’re most productive, where your work demands are the most urgent and perhaps when your personal life needs attending to the most. Working out a ratio system for this will allow you to better see how to constructively plan your time more effectively.

Also use this time to understand how you seeyour work-life balance as it’s different for everyone and no one set formula is effective.

2. Establish clear boundaries

Admittedly easier said than done, one of the most important activities to do in reseting balance in your life is establishing boundaries. This will mean different things for different individuals but, it primarily sets itself up to allow you to have a better understanding of managing stress and a healthier work-life balance. A good place to start is to create a time for when you do and — more importantly — do not work.

 

3. Schedule your whole life

Fifty percent of the phrase work-life balance is made up of everything that exists outside of your professional parameter. While it might feel overbearing or constructive to plot your free time, it’ll prove to be a valuable action in the long run. This doesn’t mean a minute-by-minute breakdown as you might with your work schedule but instead consciously making an active space for free time to spend as you see fit, without workplace interruptions.

 


4. Define your workspace  

Post-pandemic, many of us moved to a hybrid model of working that merges WFH and in-office days. When physically in the office, it can feel easier to set boundaries and finite working hours but, at home this can be blurred. Alter this by creating a working environment at home. This might mean creating a more conscientious desk space or making the active decision to pack away work-related ephemera as the clock strikes five pm. Okay, six pm.


5. Ensure you’re making time for yourself  

As busy working women it can be difficult to prioritise any time for ourselves. During working hours we can feel overwhelmed by our professional tasks before running home to pick up those family responsibilities until it’s time for bed. It can get exhausting. Though we wouldn’t change it for the world, there’s always room for some much-needed self-preservation and alone time. Allow yourself a moment of the day, perhaps before everyone wakes up or just as everyone heads to bed to do something that is for you and only you.


6. Turn your notifications off

And finally… simple but effective. Few actions can feel more empowering or reclaiming of your own time than simply turning notifications off at the end of the working day. It’ll take some getting used to — for both yourself and your colleagues — but it will feel transformative.