For many people, work/life balance may seem like an elusive thing. How it works for one person may not necessarily do the trick for another. The idea of completely balancing work and life may seem farfetched. But finding a perfect balance should not be the goal. Rather, it is about looking for that spot somewhere between doing great work without sacrificing a quality of life that makes room for more fulfilling things to happen. If you want to find that sweet spot where you get the most from work and in life, here are some things worth doing.
Manage your priorities and keep realistic goals or expectations.
There are a lot of things that can get in the way of achieving work/life balance. Setting a goal to fast-track your career or build a multi-million business in a short time does entails a lot of work that could eat up a lot of time. You do not have to give up on such lofty goals if they are important to you. But you may have to put off the work and life balance that you seek if you want to stay on the career or business course you have set for yourself. Or you can adjust your goals and expectations to make more room for personal time. Find a place somewhere in the ideal balance that helps you stay on track with your work goals while still maintaining a semblance of life.
Whether you are working for an employer or running your own business, find workarounds that allow you to do the job without sacrificing personal time. Find out if there are company policies that let you telecommute or work from home, if needed. If you are running your own business, consider creating an environment that promotes quality work within designated work hours and respects time off from work.
Make technology work for you, not against you.
Technology can either be a boon or a bane depending on how you use it. It can help improve your productivity. Or it can be a source of non-stop distractions. Protecting your time is one of the best things you can do to keep a life outside of work. Watch out for digital distractions. Remove or delete alerts on notifications on email, social media, and your phone. Use web apps that help you block websites that are not essential to your work. Unplug as soon as you are done with work to make time for personal things.