Achieving the work-life balance can be tough and most of us never feel like we’ve nailed the perfect compromise. But focusing on small goals and steering away from an unattainable idea of perfection, can help to make us appreciate the simpler things, such as spending time with our nearest and dearest, talking a walk in the fresh air, or listening to music. At the end of the day, a work-life balance simply boils down to how we spend the time we have each day. Keeping a few simple steps in mind to ensure that you make time for everyone important in your life (especially yourself) will help. Check out these 7 simple steps tips for achieving a work-life balance:
Build time to relax into your schedule
When you make plans for your week, make a point to schedule time with your family and friends, go to the gym, go cycling, and other activities that can help you recharge your batteries. Ensuring that you take your personal life as seriously as your work life by noting down social appointments in your calendar, will help you see the importance of both. In turn, when you’re at work, make sure to take your lunch break. When you chomp through your midday meal while staring at the screen and reading your emails, you don’t give your brain a chance to switch off. Taking a sixty minute break will leave you feeling more relaxed and more productive in the afternoon.
Delegate what you can
If you have children, try to lean on relatives for support, or your partner, day care, or hired help to collect the kids from school or take the pressure off you from time to time. While working, make sure that you learn to delegate some of the easier tasks or routine daily work that can easily be done by someone else (click here to download our collection of tips and a free tool to help make delegation easy). Learning to rescind control will keep you more focused and relaxed.
Make room for exercise in your life. While it can be hard to make time for a workout when you’re trying to juggle family and work, even if it’s just a brisk walk or 15 minute run, exercise releases endorphins and not only makes you happier, but gives you an energy boost, which will help you achieve other tasks throughout the day.
De-stress and stop looking for everything to be perfect
While you can plan for everything to be perfect, know that everyone else out there is probably struggling as much as you. The idea isn’t to place extra strain or guilt on yourself for not being able to spend as much time with your family as you would like; balance is about feeling happier and healthier. So lighten up and have a sense of humor when things don’t go your way.
Set Limits for Yourself
Everyone lets work take over from time to time, and sometimes it’s unavoidable, but try to set yourself limits and make a certain time each day when you stop work, turn off the computer and unwind. Not only will your body and mind feel better, but your partner will thank you for it too.
Remember the importance of family
Don’t let running a business or working hard at your job keep you from connecting with your relatives. Call your loved ones or send an email from time to time, and if you can’t fit this in, create a family website that you can easily upload photos to and make everyone feel close, even when you’re too busy to meet up.
Learn to keep family feuds separate from work
If you’re running a family business then it can be hard not to let arguments from home invade the workplace. Make sure you implement a strategy that is as professional as possible and get your space from one another as well. Working and living together can be hard, so make sure that your downtime includes some alone time as well.
Above all, remember that you don’t need to make drastic changes to bring more balance to your life. Just be mindful of the smaller things that you can do to feel better about yourself and stimulate healthier relationships.
Michael Peggs is the founder of digital marketing agency Marccx Media, where they specialize in SEO and Content Marketing. Before Marcxx, Peggs worked at Google in business development, forming digital media and advertising partnerships. He is also a blogger and podcaster, hosting the iTunes Top 10 New & Noteworthy podcast You University – The Personal Branding Podcast.