Finding the right work life balance may seem to be an impossible task nowadays. The same technology which makes our lives easier also makes it tougher as we are accessible at all hours of the clock. Some of us work for longer hours fearing job loss while there are some who are plainly workaholics. But it doesn’t really matter if you work harder out of fear or out of choice, the compounding stress does take its toll on our mind and body eventually.
Following are certain tips you can follow to incorporate better work life balance into your daily routine:
Perfection is a Myth
Perfectionist tendencies take roots in overachievers at a very young age, perhaps when they are still in school, balancing academics, hobbies and maybe even a job. But it is sometimes easier to keep up with perfection while we are still in school and it may become complicated once we step out of the high school gates.
As we grow up life becomes more complicated and the responsibilities increase in number too. Carrying on the habit of chasing perfectionism may prove to be self destructive. Most people that experience burn outs in professional lives are usually the ones who obsess over perfection in everything that they do. Psychologically and neurologically perfection becomes a rabbit which is harder to chase.
Whether we are at home or in office, we are almost always connected. The work day particularly never ends when we are just a few smartphone taps away. The feeling of being connected always can make us perceive that we are always working, even when we aren’t actually.
It may help for a while to unplug from all devices. The purpose here is not to stay away from work but to stay away from our routine habits that compel us to browse through social media and other interesting content that we find online. Having our eyes constantly fixed on display screens, whether it is that of a laptop or that of our mobile phones, only increases our feeling of tiredness.
According to a professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, phone notifications can induce an undercurrent of stress in our systems. He advises us to become a bit resilient towards our tendency to be affected by work. People who are more reactive by nature tend to feel greater amounts of stress. When we do not react to the work emails and stay away from work on holidays we are truly unwinding.
Meditation and Exercises
Even with our busy schedules we still make time for important things such as eating and sleeping. But most of us forget to add another crucial activity to our routine which is physical activities. If we have to make time for a new hobby most of us tend to cut down on our physical activities. But we tend to overlook the health benefits that exercising has to offer. They make endorphins flow in our mind which lifts our mood and makes our stress disappear.
You can even try meditation as it is one of the best ways to care for your mind and body. These are practices that you can incorporate into your daily routine, no matter how busy you are. Even if you exercise for only a few minutes in the morning it will make you feel differently throughout the day. Meditation is something you can practice even when you are commuting. Taking a few deep breaths before office can calm down your nerves. Practising it twice in a day can do wonders for your mental state.
Choose your activities and people carefully
Each person has a different perception of what is important. It is not necessary that what is important to you is just as important to the people around you. You should make a list of all that matters to you and decide how you will devote time to each of those important activities. You may need to draw boundaries so that you can dedicate time to your priorities and cut down on activities that waste a lot of time.
You must also choose people around you carefully who understand your priorities and do not try to distract you away from your goals. If an important meeting is due the next day, it may be a good idea to turn down a party the previous night.
If you find that your team members have a bad work-life balance, it may be a good idea to plan an outdoor trip as part of your corporate days out exercise.