Today, it seems like more and more people are becoming workaholics–especially entrepreneurs or high-level employees, who feel like they always have to be “on”. After all, there’s a lot to do, and only so many hours in a day. However, having a good work-life balance is crucial to physical and mental health. Here are five tips to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
Acknowledge (both privately and with others) that you’re human
It’s nothing to be ashamed of, after all! Communicate your needs to those you work with. Whether you feel best after a midday walk or want to get home by 6 each day for family dinner, make those things clear (and hold yourself to them too) instead of forcing yourself to work overtime to feel like you need to impress others.
Develop (and enforce) your boundaries
Don’t be one of those people who says yes to everything. Only take the tasks you can handle, and say no to others. This applies to yourself, too! There will always be another email to answer: be disciplined about being able to pull yourself away.
Focus on what matters
Too often, people let their work become their entire life, while passions and relationships fall by the wayside. Time is your most precious commodity; do you really want to spend it all in an office? When you’re in the office, are you using your time efficiently instead of wasting it on busywork you could automate or outsource? Look at your average day hour-by-hour and find ways to maximize them.
Institute a no-technology policy during some evenings, weekends, or vacations
It may feel strange at first, but eventually you’ll learn to enjoy being totally unplugged. You’ll be able to get back in touch with your mind and the sensations of the world. In short, you’ll re-learn how to truly experience life.
Cultivate self-awareness and learn how to pace yourself
Sometimes you’ll need to work hard, but other times you’ll need to relax. Embrace both sides of yourself for the best work-life balance.