Create and Sustain a Healthy Work-Life Balance


Have you ever wondered how successful people sustain focus in an ever-demanding work life? Well, one suggestion is to apply a holistic approach to achieving excellence in work-life balance. This approach can begin by separating the two elements, work and personal life, and then integrate them together to work as an all-inclusive plan.

Create and Sustain a Healthy Work - Life Balance

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Firstly, plan a schedule for the work part of life. Secondly, plan a schedule for the personal elements of life including family, friends, hobbies, etc. Review both schedules to identify if the plan is manageable and achievable. At times the plan may need to be flexible to adapt to unforeseen changes. Allow for this, particularly if it is a constructive change. Effective time-management and organisational skills are vital to help with achieving optimised results. Finding a job that we are passionate about and enjoy can also help with the process of being motivated. Other tips include:

  • – Eliminate work commitments to a minimum, after 6pm. Having a plan in place to commit to our personal life is equally important.
  • – Don’t put off today, what can be done today. Procrastination is our biggest enemy in completing a weekly plan. It can add to next weeks ‘to-do’ list and ultimately heighten stress levels.
  • – Focus on close personal interests, family, friends, hobbies, etc., and remain aware of how important these connections, with people and activities, are to sustain a healthy way of living.
  • – Create time for a ‘me-date’ each week. Plan time for a trip to the spa, shops, gym, etc. It is important to reconnect with self. To paraphrase the famous airline statement: ‘first you have to take care of yourself, so that you can take care of everyone and everything else’.
  • – Accept any support offered from close networks of family and friends. We all need someone who has our best interests at heart and who has got our back, especially when we need it the most. Also understanding the importance of an equal measure of give-and-take in any relationship is crucial to maintain a healthy relationship.
  • – Learn to say ‘no’ sometimes. This can be achieved by delegating tasks.
  • – Manage personal finances, so that they don’t consume our thoughts which might lead us to become unduly stressed. Set a budget in place for known bills and a contingency budget for unforeseen events can help the process.

At the end of each week, it is important to take time and reflect back on all achievements. Identify areas that can be improved to create and sustain a healthy balance.

Think ‘outside the box’; switch each weeks schedule up a little, to add more spice and variety. Become innovative in the process. Learn to work clever and become more productive in both career and personal life for a more optimised work-life balance. Have a little fun along the way, with the new plan, to achieve more productivity in life. Enjoy the increased free time that the new plan has achieved by doing things that you love.

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Procrastination: Our Biggest Nemesis!

Procrastination: Our Biggest Nemesis!

Is procrastination your biggest nemesis? Have you ever made a plan for the week ahead, only to realise at the end of the week that only 70% of tasks have been achieved? The project that was due on Monday is now delayed, due to other tasks taking valuable time. The dentist appointment was cancelled again, postponing it for another month. These examples can leave us with longer ‘to-do’ lists, than we started out with, for our next week’s schedule. We can start to feel overwhelmed with the thought of the impending tasks, which can leave us feeling a demotivated, deflated and frustrated.

Thesaurus defines the word procrastination as ‘defer, delay, postpone, stall, adjourn and putting off’. When we decide on any of these nouns for any activity, are we fooling ourselves? Is it that we initially planned too much into our week or have distractions sabotaged our best plans? Do we play super-hero in our lives, thinking that we are proficient at multi-tasking and need to be busy all the time?

We need to ask ourselves what is the pay-off for procrastination?  Putting jobs on the long finger, in both our careers and personal life, only serves to increase the pressure of an already busy life. Allowing distractions to consume and interrupt our flow of a prescheduled plan for the week and months ahead can be the biggest reason of why we procrastination. We may find ourselves being incapable of pulling up our reserves to finish those jobs because our stores of energy are at an all-time low and we don’t have the mental capacity to think clearly.

The solution can be simple. Go back to the drawing board and check:

  • –  Do we need to stop being a ‘people-pleaser’ person, and start saying ‘no’ more often?
  • –  Recognise that we have limits on our time and capability, and ask can we delegate jobs to colleagues or partners?
  • –  Can we switch off and restore the body and mind to help us increase our performance, and succeed at attaining a well-balanced ‘to-do’ list?
  • –  Do we need to ask: are some of our plans or jobs ready to be started yet? Have we been overenthusiastic to accomplish tasks ahead of time?
  • –  Are we being a ‘martyr’ in our career and work lives?
  • –  Do we need to take a relaxing holiday really soon, to recharge the batteries of our soul?
  • –  Can we change for the better?

Self-understanding and investing in our personal development is our first step to change in dealing with procrastination. Realising that it’s ok to fail in accomplishing what we initially set out to achieve is important. After all, we are only human. Reinvesting in our health and mental well-being, and family needs to be a priority in our lives. Allowing ourselves to be human and not a super-hero is ok too.

Starting with the important stuff first and taking it bit-by-bit, one day at a time, can make the whole process of work and life a lot easier. Eliminating non-essential activities can lessen the pressure, and even allow time to inhale the luxurious quiet moments of life again. Is it possible to seek an extended deadline on that project to allow for rejuvenation of mind, body and spirit to complete the job? Sometimes that we need to realise that in life we need to ask for a little compassion and seek the support of family, friends and professionals to help us when we are struggling to maintain balance.

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How to Have A Better Work Life Balance

One question that we could all do with asking ourselves is how to have a better work life balance. We can all struggling to find that balance in life between work and life from time to time. Do you often wonder how people find time between their jobs to do the things they like? If this sounds like you, Three Q Recruitment are here to help. We have 19 years of experience in the recruitment industry, so we know a thing or two about how to get the perfect balance between work and play.

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