For a lot of people, the work-life balance seems like an impossible goal. It’s no surprise that a lot of people describe themselves as super stressed. Stress can damage our focusing, destroy our relationships and even result in depression. The key to controlling stress is achieving a healthy work-life balance. Here are some steps we can all follow to reduce stress and balance work and life.
Prioritize your time
Suppose you have a to-do list with too many tasks need to accomplish in a day. What you need to do now is to sort those tasks according to their importance based on the management matrix:
- Urgent and important
- Important but not urgent
- Urgent but not important
- Neither urgent nor important
By sorting the tasks on your to-do list into four categories like this, you can quickly decide which tasks are important and need to do first. Just remember the rule: don’t do anything else until the most important task is finished. If you cannot finish all the tasks at the end of the day, just include them on your to-do list the next day.
Determine your most productive hours
We all have encountered the advice of waking up early to get more things done, but that doesn’t work for everybody. Some people feel that they work most effectively at night when others are sleeping. That’s all fine. The key to achieving a healthy work-life balance is to do what feels right for you. Your energy will affect directly to your productivity. So by determining your most productive hours, whether you are an early bird or a night owl, you can get the most work done when your energy is at its highest without being stressed out.
The very effective tip to balance your work and life is to create your boundaries. Try to separate the tasks that need to be solved at work with your daily life. Don’t check email after work or answer your boss’ calls when you’re having dinner. You really don’t have to be available all the time. Not only it’s bad for your health, your productivity but also seriously affect your personal life and easily cause stress.
Have some “me” time
Taking care of yourself is very important, especially your mental health. No matter how much busy your schedule is in a day, you need to make sure that you have time to recharge yourself, whether that’s meditation or allowing yourself doing nothing for a night. Just spend some time at the end of the day doing anything that helps you relax after a crazy day at work.
Let go of perfectionism
Last but not least, if you want to balance your work and life, you need to let go of perfectionism. The more you grow up, the more life gets complicated. You have so many responsibilities that make all of your perfect goals become out of reach. Remember, don’t force yourself to follow strictly a schedule that you plan for a day or to finish a task in a perfect way.
Keep in mind that maintaining a healthy work-life balance isn’t a one-shot deal. It’s a continuous process that needs to be changed as your relationships, interests and work life change. Periodically examine and sort your priorities and then make changes to make sure you’re keeping on track.