If you’re feeling frazzled, can’t seem to achieve mental clarity, or you’re more anxious than usual – could it be your work life balance? Work/life balance is important, and it helps to keep us centered and performing at our best no matter what we’re doing. At Technalink we encourage a healthy work/life balance for all of our teams, and it’s something you should advocate for yourself as well.
For those with a lot of ambition, it’s easy for work/life balance to slip away from you. You may think that you have a healthy handle on separating your personal from your professional life, but then you find that you allow the work to creep in more and more until the balance is completely thrown in one direction. Checking in with your work/life balance is important to curbing this behavior and keeping you in a healthy center for your best emotional state and compassionate leadership.
To check in with your work/life balance, you simply need to authentically check in with yourself regularly to hold yourself accountable. How much time have you spent thinking about or performing professional tasks during your “down” time in any given week? Why are you choosing to do so? While occasions may pop up that require a little extra from time to time, it shouldn’t become a regular occurrence.
To make your check-ins easier, setting goals can really help your accountability. Sitting down and writing out hours for work, hours for self-reflection, hours for socialization, and hours for personal tasks gives you a roadmap to work with and “rules” to follow. Since you’re setting your own rules, they’re completely customizable, and you can start slow if you like. At the end of the week, you can review your rules and reflect on how well you’ve done sticking to the guidelines you’ve set.
It’s important to acknowledge that time will slip away from you from time to time. It’s crucial to, while holding yourself accountable, not be too hard on yourself if you have a less balanced week. Managing your work/life balance should not cause you more stress and anxiety but give you time for reflection and a new goal to strive for if you need to. When you do well in managing your balance, don’t fear rewarding yourself for a job well done!
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