Four Simple Habits to Help you Find an Optimal Work Life Balance

Find the optimal work life balance

One of the biggest challenges people face in the modern world is finding a healthy work life balance.

Whether you’re running your own business or working the nine to five, there’s a fine line between doing too much work and too little, and most of us find it pretty difficult to navigate. When you’re trying to provide for your family and earn enough money so that you can do the things that you love, it’s easy to get sucked into the habit of overworking.

Unfortunately there are only 24 hours the day. If you’re spending more time on your work, that probably means other areas of your life are gonna take a hit.

I definitely don’t have this whole work-life balance figured out quite yet, but I do have a few ideas that may help you alter your habits and bring things back to equilibrium. So you can maintain your sanity and make more time for doing the things that you love doing.

The ideas that I mentioned in the video (and one bonus one):

1. Isolate your workspace

I work from home and my office doubles up as the living room, so I find it especially tricky to separate work from play sometimes. If we’re chilling out in the evening and I can see my laptop on the desk, it’s way too tempting to quickly check a few emails or update social media.

Something that I’ve done recently is separate my office from the living area a little bit. We don’t have a whole load of space to play with, so at the moment I just have a white cloth screen separating that corner of the room. I’ll maybe upgrade it to some of those Japanese rice paper style dividers at some point to make it look a bit more zen, but the white sheet will do for now.

Decorative options aside, the point is that by having your office separate from the rest of the house can definitely remove some of the temptations. This is obviously less of an issue if you don’t work at home, but the next point applies to everyone…

2. Set your hours and stick to them

When I’m in my normal routine and I don’t have projects flying out of my ears, I like to have set hours that I work between. When it come to the evening time, my laptop lid goes down. No more email, no more blog posts, and definitely no more social media. That’s it for the day, and it’s then time for me to be present with whatever else I’m doing.

Some people even go as far as locking up their computer and switching off all technology completely. That’s all well and good for the self employed, but maybe not that realistic for someone working a job where they have to be on call 24/7.

If that’s you, what are your options?

3. Transition towards a career that gives you more control

I’m not saying that you should just quit your job right away and move onto something different.

I’m merely suggesting that you take a step back and have a think about where you are right now, and where you would ideally be. If you’re feeling like it’s difficult to get a healthy work life balance, then maybe the work needs to change.

Maybe you could start to take baby steps towards something else that would allow you more freedom and control over your time. The first step might be buying a domain name or writing your CV. Then you could start building our website or searching for nearby vacancies.

You’re never stuck with the situation that you’re in right now. By taking small steps regularly, you can transform your life into pretty much whatever you want it to be.

4. Say no to unnecessary distractions

Something that I completely forgot to mention in the video is that if you want more time for yourself and your family, then you may need to start saying no to unnecessary things that are not aligned with your values or the direction you’d like to head with your life.

Sure that dinner party sounds tempting and would probably be a good laugh, but if it’s the third one this week, is it really something you want to fill your time with?

I’m not saying you have to be a total recluse and never interact with anyone ever again. But before you say yes to something, think about whether it’s gonna be worth your time.

It’s all about efficiency. Look at ways you can streamline your life and cut away the BS wherever possible, so in the end you’re left only with the things that you really find fulfilling.

How do you trike the balance between work and play? Let us know in the comments section below! 

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Luke Jones

Luke Jones is a mover, blogger and wellness enthusiast. He spends his time exploring and sharing ideas in mindful movement, healthy living and adventure.

2 Responses to “Four Simple Habits to Help you Find an Optimal Work Life Balance

  • jan foote
    2 years ago

    Don’t forget to re-evaluate your priorities often. Things change, kids come and go, and you’ll find what was necessary and/or important is no longer revelant

    • Good point Jan, its definitely important to check in now and again to see if you’re on your path because you really want to be, or just because you’ve made a habit out of it!

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