We spend most of our life working; whether it’s nine-to-five or beyond, our careers take up a large chunk of our lives. With society’s pressures, company deadlines and industry competition, many find it difficult to strike a good work-life balance and as such many are now working longer hours than they should, meaning personal commitments have to take a back seat.

A YouGov report has revealed that 83% of office workers feel it’s important to have a good work-life balance, and one in seven office workers are unhappy with their current balance. 43% regularly send work emails outside of working hours due to being too busy with other tasks in the office.

While having unlimited motivation and a good work-ethic can produce great results and potentially progress your career, overworking and neglecting home life could ultimately lead to poor health and low levels of happiness; today we bring some advice on how to strike that all-important balance.

It’s okay to say ‘no’

While everyone wants to be a ‘yes’ person, if you’re overwhelmed by your workload, say no. The person asking for the favour is likely to understand if you’re honest, and can go and find someone else who has more time.  If you say ‘yes’ to everything thrown your way, jobs may be rushed, performed with faults and cause you stress. While taking on new challenges is good for personal development, too much can be damaging; ensure your workload is healthy and do-able.

Take time for yourself

At work, make the most of your break(s). While you’re still at work, you’re still entitled to taking time out to recharge. Spend it how you wish but ensure you leave your work at your desk; socialise, take a walk, enjoy your food independently etc. Stepping away and dedicating time to relax halfway through the day is extremely beneficial for your productivity.

When away from work, it can be easy to cram your time with visiting friends, running errands and keeping busy, however it’s a good idea to manage your time more effectively and allow yourself to relax. Otherwise, after your weekend away from work, you may feel exhausted and not like you had a break at all.

Technology is a biggie, as everything from work-emails to that workmate asking for 100 favours are there, on your smartphone. Make a conscious effort to ‘switch off’ while away from work, by for example not having your work accounts connected to your personal phone and resist the urge to reply to anything or prepare for the following day when it’s not completely necessary.

While you may want to get a step ahead and please everyone, most employees aren’t required to work outside of working-hours, so it’s okay to cut down on your technology-use with  access to work materials on, allowing you to enjoy your downtime and recharge properly.

Laura Little, learning and development manager at CABA, gives advice on finding a healthy work-life balance, as reported by SmallBusiness.co.uk:

“Separation is key to work-life integration: being able to focus on what’s in front of us, and recognising that we can reject requests if they’ll negatively impact our ability to focus on either our home or work lives, respectively.

“Striking a healthy balance – whatever ratio of home to work time that may be – comes from utilising time wisely and following age old advice. No one can work long hours consistently, so if you want to climb to the top of the career ladder, listen to your body, take a rest and use your energy in concerted bursts of effort.”

Laura Sewell

An aspiring journalist, Laura is our Content Writer.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry with a love of writing about anything and everything in tow.
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