There are only so many hours in the day and many of us tend to struggle to create a good balance between our work life and our home life. Our work can easily encroach on our personal time, as we begin bringing bits of work home from the office, or we take on extra freelance work outside of our nine to five. But it’s absolutely essential that you don’t overwork yourself and create a healthy balance between the two aspects of our lives. This is known as work-life balance. It involves giving you’re your career and the rest of your life the right level of attention.
However, there might be some dispute as to what a work-life balance involves. If someone is trying to build the career of their dreams and is working long hours at the initial stages to help jumpstart their business, should this be discouraged? It could be argued that this entrepreneur’s work-obsessed life will lead to burn out and poorer mental health. On the other hand, is a freelancer is doing the bare minimum to get by but enjoying the rest of their life to the full, might we not say that they are failing to live up to their career potential? Maybe. Often, work-life balance is a highly individual thing, varying depending on a person’s circumstances. Moreover, a person’s circumstances can change over time, too, which may call for their own work-life balance to be appropriately adjusted.
But while there may not be any set-in-stone template for a work-life balance, some aspects of this concept are quite crucial. For example, it’s important for many people to keep in mind that career progression and making money isn’t everything. You need some you time for yourself, too. Without time to unwind and focus on the other valuable aspects of your life, you can end up dealing with exhaustion, stress, social isolation, anxiety, and depression. Here’s some advice that can help you to maintain a healthy work-life balance for the sake of improved well-being.
When You Work From Home
Increasing numbers of us are opting to work from home. More employers are now allowing employees to take time out of the office and complete their work online for a couple of days a week, and freelancing and self-employment are also on the rise, which translates into a higher percentage of remote workers in the workforce. It’s becoming ever the more obvious that you don’t need to work in a fixed location (an office) in order to be productive and get your work done. In addition, there are plenty of good reasons for people to embrace remote working opportunities when they arise.
Working from home allows you to miss the morning and evening commute during rush hour. It means you can manage your own time without having someone like a manager breathing down your neck through the day. You can exchange an uncomfortable uniform for more cosy casual wear. But making a success of working home can prove to be relatively difficult. When solely you are in charge of your own behaviour, you need to make sure that you don’t slack, or you could end up in trouble when you head back to work, or you could see income and profits take a plunge.
The good news is that there are steps that you can take in order to make a success of working at home and to encourage yourself to be as productive as possible. You may also want to dedicate a set space within your home to work. A home office would be the ideal option, but if you don’t have a spare room, you can dedicate a set seat at a table or somewhere else to your work. Also, as a freelancer, you can separate work from home life if you rent a virtual business address online and don’t have work matters tied up to your personal address.
When You Work Outside the Home
If you work outside of the home in a set space, you should avoid bringing work home. You’re paid to work set hours inside your workspace and you won’t benefit from working any extra. Plus, you need a little recovery time to give your brain a rest. Bringing home work occasionally can easily lead to bringing work home all the time – and then when are you meant to recuperate? So, leave work in the office. If there’s always too much, chances are your employer is overloading you. Bring it up and let someone know you’re being overwhelmed. The work can then be distributed more fairly or your employer may find that they need to recruit more staff to handle the excessive workload.
Hopefully, the above advice will help you be able to achieve and maintain a healthy work-life balance. The result will be a higher level of enjoyment in both your career and outside of work, leading to an overall improved sense of well-being.