What does work-life balance mean to you?
Having a set time for work that doesn’t eat into your personal time is most people’s ideal scenario.
However, ensuring that your personal time doesn’t impact on your work is just as important, if we’re to achieve the equilibrium we’re all striving for. So if, for example, you spend time on personal calls during work hours, then of course you won’t be able to finish work on time!
We can all help ourselves by being better organisers. And, as luck would have it, the skills are totally transferrable between our home and work lives. But they don’t come easily to everyone; they often need conscious practice before we start to see the results we want.
Here are three simple pointers to begin with:
In work, as in life, lists act as a handy reference of what we need to do – as well as give us a feeling of satisfaction when we see what we’ve ticked off! So, no matter how you choose to do it (with technology or old skool pen and paper), seeing a list of exactly what you need to do that day can help you focus and achieve your goals.
Make proper plans
Don’t keep everything in your head… times, dates, appointments, tasks, things you need to tell people. Instead, plan, schedule and organise when and where things will happen. Having it all laid out in your calendar with reminders set, again, can help you concentrate on your current task and alleviate the burden and worry of having to remember everything else.
What’s important and what’s not?
Prioritisation is a skill that we all need for life – and work. If your sink was leaking, logic says you wouldn’t leave it and go out shopping; you’d get it fixed, pronto. Likewise at work, if you have a presentation due the next day, you wouldn’t waste your afternoon tidying your desk. Getting your priorities right helps you get things done on time while remaining stress-free. Sorted!
Why are we talking about this now?
Taking place across the UK from 11th to 15th October, National Work Life Week is Working Families’ annual campaign to get both employers and employees talking about wellbeing at work, as well as work-life balance. Many types of jobs have changed significantly over these last 18 months, so it’s a great time to celebrate the good things or simply talk about any work-related issues that are affecting you or your mental health outside of work. You can even get involved in the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #WorkLifeWeek.
- National Work Life Week: https://workingfamilies.org.uk/nationalworklifeweek/
- Organising skills: https://www.skillsyouneed.com/lead/organising-skills.html
- How Gratitude Changes You and Your Brain: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_gratitude_changes_you_and_your_brain