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8 Tips for maintaining a work-life balance

Achieving balance in your work and life is an ongoing tricky process for anyone, so here are 8 tips to help
Editorial team

/ Last updated on 30th October 2017

Increasing demands at your workplace and fast pace life have disturbed the work-life balance, and there is a need to set boundaries and adhere to the set limits to ensure that you maintain a balance between your professional and personal responsibilities.

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Where negligence towards work may jeopardise your career, excessive working hours may bun you out. Hence, to remain productive and satisfied, a balance is necessary. Following are a few tips to help you plan a strategy for striking a balance between your personal and professional life.

1. Take time for a holiday

Holidays provide you with a much-needed break from the pressures of professional responsibilities. If you are not able to afford or take time out for long holidays, you might consider taking regular breaks during long weekends. Extend your weekends to a day or two and spend quality time with your family, friends, or with yourself.

2. Define your work-life boundaries

Make a clear distinction between your work and personal life to define your limits at both fronts. Even a task as simple as travelling between your home and office can contribute towards distinguishing between your work and personal life.  You may employ all the possible tools and strategies to serve this purpose.

3. Filter your calls

You may employ the latest technology to filter and manage your calls online. This way, you will have fewer chances of mixing your work and personal life. Update your call schedules to comply with your overall schedules for more convenient working and ensuring that you are connected to your business even when you are away. Hence, you do not have to worry unnecessarily about losing out on any potential customers.

4. Ensure to take your meals regularly

While working, be particular about taking reasonably timed breaks for your meal times. If you are working from home, you may schedule your meal times so that you may be able to enjoy a good meal with your family.

Make your meal time a part of the quality time to be spent with your family and put away all the distractions, like mobile phones, while having your lunch.

5. Take proper sleep

Negligence towards your acquiring sufficient sleep may have disastrous consequences on your health, as well as, on your work-life balance. Consider taking power naps during noon to increase your energy and productivity at work and stay energised and active at all times.

6. Identify your limitations

Identify your work and personal life aspects that are in your control and then devise processes and schedules accordingly. Spend time working around factors that are in your control to achieve a balance in your life.

7. Outsource

Outsource as much as possible so that you can allocate and schedule your tasks in a better manner. You may also consider the employment of technological tools and a virtual assistance to help you organise your schedule and meetings.

8. Know when you are most productive

Some people work better at night, while others are more productive during daytime. Assess yourself to know during what time you are most productive and devote this time to tackle the most complicated and difficult of tasks.

Related: How to start a business in your spare time

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