Although it’s commendable to excel at your career, when it bleeds into your personal life it can encroach on your mental and physical well-being. Sometimes people just get stuck in a routine over-working themselves. This usually results in less time spent with family and friends. Fortunately, achieving a solid work-life balance just takes a little practice.

Plan activities in your schedule.

When you plan your week, make it a point to schedule time with your family and friends, and activities that help you recharge. If a date night with your spouse or sport’s game with friends is on your calendar, you’ll have something to look forward to and an extra incentive to manage your time well so you don’t have to cancel.

  • You could also try plan an activity with your family, like going to a movie or the park, every Sunday or Saturday afternoon.

Drop activities that sap your time or energy.

Many people waste their time on activities or people that add no value, like spending too much time at work with a colleague who is constantly gossiping. Take note of activities that don’t enhance your career or personal life, and minimise the time you spend on them.

  • You may even be able to leave work earlier if you make a conscious effort to limit the time you spend on the web and social media sites, making personal calls, or checking your bank balance.

Rethink your errands.

Consider whether you can get help with any of your time-consuming household chores or errands. Could you order your groceries online and have them delivered? Could you have your laundry picked up and dropped off at your home or office? Even if you’re on a tight budget, you may discover that the time you’ll save will make it worth it.

  • You could also ask for assistance from friends. At a later stage, you could offer to help your friends in return.

Take it easy.

Don’t assume that you need to make big changes to bring more balance to your life. You could, for example, start by setting realistic goals, like leaving the office earlier 1 night per week. Then, slowly build more activities into your schedule that are important to you.

  • Maybe you can start by spending an hour a week on your hobby, or planning a weekend getaway with your spouse once a year.
4 Tips to balance work and life
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