Do you feel trapped in the grind? Can’t take time out for your family, health, or hobbies that you used to enjoy? Are you trapped in the culture of overwork but don’t know how to get out of it?
Work-life balance is not a myth. But neither will it happen without intention and practice. I know. I’ve lived a significant part of my life and haven’t even tried to achieve it. I thought I could drag myself away at work and the other areas of my life wouldn’t suffer. This couldn’t have been further from the truth. If it is you, I urge you to prioritize work-life balance. You can achieve it this year, but only if you make it a priority.
Here are five steps you can take to help you achieve work-life balance:
- Ask yourself, “Why am I overworked?” There are several reasons why we are revising: it’s fun; we find our identity in our work; We enjoy the experience of flow, definable gains and status / value signaling. or we feel the pressure of our own sky-high expectations. Knowing why you’re overworking can break the cycle.
- Assess whether your goals reflect the complexity of life. Setting goals in more than one area of life prioritizes balance from the start. When work becomes your primary focus, skip the other areas of life. However, all domains are interconnected. They are all important. Your goals should reflect this.
- Set the appropriate restrictions. The truth is that constraints encourage productivity, creativity, and freedom. The work expands to fill as much time as you allow. Determine when to start and finish your work day. In this way, you protect the other areas of life and recognize that limitations are a reality.
- Understand what balance looks like. Balance is more than just calm. The real balance is dynamic. It changes with the seasons of life and requires continuous adjustment and attention. Don’t expect your version of balance to look exactly like someone else’s – or even from year to year.
- Follow and share your plan. In order to achieve a work-life balance, you need to share with others what your version of the balance looks like. Your spouse, your co-workers, your boss, your assistant – all need to be involved and understand yours Ideal week. Take the time to explain your why and the vision behind your goals. This creates a support system that you can rely on to ensure a work-life balance.
You don’t have to get caught in an endless cycle of overwork and your personal life is paying the price. You are free to prioritize that matter most to you. What step will you take today to achieve work-life balance?