20th Nov 2012
How to... Strike a work/life balance
Do you live to work or work to live? Ideally you should aim to embrace both these concepts. A happy home life can have a positive impact on your career and work success provides the means to fund your free time.
PLAN AHEAD: Being organised will help you make the most of your free time and reduce stress. Have your work clothes for the coming week clean and ironed, prepare your lunch the night before and have travel arrangements made in advance.
GET REGULAR EXERCISE: This will help keep you fit and healthy and boost your energy levels. Physical exercise is also a great way to relieve stress.
GET ENOUGH SLEEP: As tempting as it can be, particularly coming up to the festive season, burning the candle at both ends will have a negative impact on both your work and health. Although everyone is guilty of it from time to time lack of sleep and/or a hangover will not make for a productive day's work.
TAKE HOLIDAYS: Time away from the work environment will help clear your head but having something to look forward to will also keep your mood upbeat and help you stay positive and focused.
HAVE A HOBBEY: Having an activity you take part in outside of the work place is a great way to make friends but it will also become something you associate with free time and relaxation.
BE ORGANISED: Learn to prioritise your work load so you are not rushing about and panicking at the last minute. Always aim to arrive and leave work on time. Although it can be easier said than done, try to leave work problems in the office and don't dwell on them at home.
If you are really struggling to combine the demands of your work load with your family and home life it may be necessary to speak to your boss about your options. Many work places will offer more flexible working hours to accommodate busy parents or those with long commutes.