Did you know that most American workers don’t take all their vacation days? In a productivity-driven culture, we often forget that we have lives outside of work. Most people fear losing their jobs, but not everyone fears having a lack of work-life balance in their job. This imbalance can have potentially devastating effects. Focusing all your energy on work can result in the decaying of personal relationships and can wreak havoc on your mental health. In spite of what some might say, achieving work-life balance is possible and necessary.
Know when to say no
There are only 24 hours in a day. It is up to you to use them wisely. Many of us have what is known as “FOMO” or fear of missing out. Take a step back, and write down what work activities are the most important to you, and stick to your list. When someone asks you to participate in something, no matter how exciting it sounds, consider whether or not it aligns with what is most important to you, and whether or not you have the time to say yes.
Delegate and outsource
You do not have to do things alone in this life! There are options for outsourcing the mundane things that you don’t find are the best use of your time. Do you hate data entry? Is your calendar unmanageable? Ask your boss if you can outsource with a virtual assistant. Do you hate making photocopies but your office isn’t willing to fork out the cash for extra help? Ask about the possibilities of finding interns. Interns tend to need hours for school credit, and they are sometimes willing to do work for free. Whichever method you choose, know that you can delegate the tasks that are overwhelming you, and you can focus on what is important to you.
Invest in the long-term
There is a quote that states, “It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?” Look at your time as an investment. Is the way in which you’re spending your time serving you in the long-term? Are you investing your energy in things that can potentially increase your quality of life and your work-life balance?