Maintaining a Healthy Work-Life Balance
There are a few timeless struggles that all professionals deal with, some of which have become more pronounced over the course of the pandemic. Especially with many workers becoming remote over the pandemic, the line between one’s professional and personal life was often blurry. While employees tried their best to honor the free time outside of work, not having a physical separation between work and home made it difficult for individuals to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
Whether you work remotely or not, maintaining a healthy work-life balance is not an uncommon obstacle to have to overcome in your career. The more attached one is to their work, the more difficult he or she will find it to keep their personal and professional life separate. The following strategies can help immensely in this goal, giving you a more well-rounded life that leaves you feeling refreshed.
- Use Your Vacation Days: Some individuals prioritize vacations more than others, and while most organizations offer their full-time employees some form of PTO, not every individual uses those up. This line becomes even more blurry for entrepreneurs, who make their own hours and generally feel as if they can never fully come out of work mode in case an issue arises. However, even if you don’t have an epic vacation planned, it is still important that you use the vacation time that you are allotted. Even taking a week off to spend time with your family or catch up on rest will help you prioritize your personal time again and have a healthier balance.
- Don’t Answer Work Messages in Your Personal Time: Unless it is a terrible emergency, you should set clear expectations about your availability and prioritize your personal time by turning off work notifications and not responding to these messages until you have begun work again. Setting this boundary earlier on will help you maintain a healthier work-life balance and will also show your coworkers that you honor your personal time. Decide which hours you want to dedicate to responding to these messages, and allow yourself to enjoy your free time without feeling guilty for waiting to respond to a message.
- Make Time for Things That Bring You Joy: Humans weren’t designed to work from the moment they wake up to the moment they go to bed. This can lead to burnout fairly quickly, and it is an obstacle that many entrepreneurs have had to overcome. Even if you work a longer set of hours than the average person, you should still make time to do something you enjoy each day. It can be something as simple as reading a chapter of a new book or something as elaborate as practicing for a backpacking trip. Making time for these hobbies and interests helps take your mind off work and allows you to find purpose and fulfillment in other areas of life.
Originally published on David Skudder’s website.