Life used to be simpler: the work day got over at 5 and then it was time for friends and family. Now, with the advent of email and cell phones, that is a distant dream.
Today more so than ever, work encroaches on our personal sphere and impacts every aspect of our lives. This is not only because of technology but because of the global nature of modern businesses.
Companies now never sleep; business is always on, even from the other side of the globe. Therefore, executives and their higher management are always at the beck and call.
Maintaining a work life balance is essential for personal growth and mental well-being.
Work all day and you will find yourself lonely with no friends; this can eventually devolve into severe depression or even mental instability.
Over prioritizing your personal life too much will cause your career prospects to suffer.
Your superiors would probably find that you lack dedication and that you would rather invest in yourself than in business and career growth.
However, there are a few things you can do to ensure that a balance can be struck between work and life. Read on to find out.
Working smarter is infinitely better than working harder.
If you put in that extra effort during actual work, it is much more likely that your presence will not be needed outside working hours. Be diligent and try to anticipate what issues might arise in the future. Then, make proper arrangements or leave instructions on what to do in those cases.
You will find that your business phone will ring far less often during dinner dates than it used to.
You are only human.
Therefore, it is unreasonable to put the responsibility of every single thing under the sun on your shoulders.
Now this might be difficult for people who love their work and take pride in it, but you will need to learn how to delegate.
You need to build trusted work relationships with people whose judgement and diligence you can trust with eyes closed.
Have faith that in your absence they will be able to pull through and execute the tasks well. If you cannot delegate, there might be two issues: you need to hire better employees or you need to work on your personal issues on being unable to trust your wards.
Delegation is one of the most effective ways that can help you achieve a work life balance and you should take it very seriously.
So there you have it, some simple tricks in the workplace can definitely help you strike that ever elusive work life balance. Enjoy the work you do, but remember that there is a lot more to life than a computer screen.