By: Sara Kotarski
These days, it is very easy to get overwhelmed by the constant demands of your job. According to a Harvard Business School survey, nearly 94% of working professionals said that they work over 50 hours per week. But did you know that working less can actually improve your productivity and prevent burn out? Maintaining a better balance between your time at the office and your time at home with friends and family can ultimately help you achieve a happier, fulfilling life.
So how do you begin achieving a better work-life balance? Here are some tips to get you started:
- Unplug: It is no surprise that new technology has improved the way we work and communicate, but it has also created some tension between our work life and home life. Technology has created high expectations for workers to always be accessible. Many people have work laptops and cell phones, and are constantly responding to emails outside of business hours and on weekends. So take the time to fully unplug from work and spend quality time with your family, friends, and most importantly, yourself.
- Exercise and meditation: Scientifically, exercise and meditation have been shown to be effective stress relievers. Exercise activates endorphins in your body which can lift your mood drastically. Unfortunately, many people are “too busy” or “too tired” to hit the gym because of working long hours and other work-related events. Setting aside a small amount of time to exercise or meditate can be a major payoff in your overall well-being and actually give you MORE energy during the day.
- Have a social life: Fun, social activities should not just be reserved for the weekend. Try to make evening plans one or two days during the workweek. This will give you something to look forward to and is a great way to blow off steam if your week starts off too strong or stressful. Having a reoccurring activity like weekly book club, bible study, or dinner out with friends is a great way to take your mind off of your work-related problems.
So there you have it. Just a few tips to get you started at creating your optimal work-life balance. For more tips and tricks check out the article here.