4 Tips for Better Work-Life Balance

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the daily grind, so it’s important to make your balancing act of work and life an intentional effort. A recent study published by Small Business Trends indicated that over 50 percent of Americans work over 40 hours per week.

The truth is you can’t operate as efficiently if you’re too tired, frazzled, or overwhelmed. As people continue to increase the hours they work, experiencing burn out is a very present reality.

Thankfully, there are ways to protect your emotional and physical health from long work hours. These are 4 simple tips that will help you feel refreshed, energized, and focused throughout your entire day.

Let go of perfectionism.

We’re living in a hustling nation where society is pushing harder than ever to achieve career and financial goals. Many overachievers have developed an excessive determination to succeed, and that often manifests itself into perfectionist tendencies.

There is nothing wrong with having perfectionist tendencies, but it’s important to know where they stem from and how to manage them so they don’t manage you.

“Many perfectionists worry that if they let go of their [meticulousness and conscientiousness], it will hurt their performance and standing,” said Matt Plummer, a career coach. She continues saying that you should shift your mindset and accept that not everything will turn out perfectly.

To overcome the habit of over-meticulousness, perfectionists should learn to see the entire picture of a project or task. Focus on maximizing the grander impact of the project and let go of the little things that don’t matter as much.

Balancing our time at the office with the time we spend with family and friends is difficult. We want to be successful professionally, but we also want to spend quality time with our spouses, kids, and friends. Quality social time is key to achieving emotional health and finding contentment in life.

Prioritize social time.

Balancing our time at the office with the time we spend with family and friends is difficult. We want to be successful professionally, but we also want to spend quality time with our spouses, kids, and friends. Quality social time is key to achieving emotional health and finding contentment in life.

Practice scheduling time throughout the week to spend with the people you care about and who support you. Not only will this give you time to catch up with loved ones, but it also forces you to leave work at a specific time.

If you’re single, try bouncing back into the dating scene. Whether you’re married, in a relationship, or just looking for love, having a planned date night will have you excited and motivated to get your tasks done on time. It’s hard not to get sucked into staying at the office for overtime, but date night is an added incentive to manage your time well so you can keep things balanced.

Find a new hobby.

Starting a new hobby or picking back up an old one can do wonders for your work-life balance. Take a photography class, learn to knit, join a running club, start a bowling team, or take a class at your local community college. New hobbies have many social benefits, too. They offer an opportunity to meet new friends, potential significant others, and add variety to the regular routine.

Leave your work at work.

When your work day is over, you need to focus on your life. Flip that switch the minute you leave the office. Don’t answer work emails or think about the next day’s tasks until right before your next shift starts. Just like your personal life shouldn’t bleed into your professional life, your work doesn’t belong in your house!

It’s not realistic to always make either work or life a full priority all the time, but there are plenty of ways in which we can balance our time and create healthy boundaries. By using some of these easy tips, we can easily ensure we’re keeping ourselves at our happiest and most prosperous.

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