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Managing work/life balance

Combine a competitive jobs market with the rise of technology that can connect us to our desks within a matter of minutes and it’s hardly surprising some people find it difficult to find a work/life balance.

However challenging it may be, it’s something we all seem to want – the desire for large pay packets and bonus schemes is declining as annual leave allowance and the opportunity for flexible working become the most sought after benefits by job seekers.

If you are struggling to find your balance, or simply want to improve on what you already have, consider the following points;

  • Switch off and leave work at work

It can often be our phones and computers to blame for keeping us working outside of our contracted hours, so make sure you set yourself a period of time away from these devices. Whether it’s for two hours a night or the entirety of a weekend, this will not only help you to wind down and relax mentally, but will remind your friends and family that you are committed to life away from your desk.

  • Don’t take on more work than you can handle

We all only have 24 hours in each day, so don’t fret too much if you can’t cram everything in – and always avoid taking too much work home. It’s a great sign to your employer that you are willing to go the extra mile to meet your deadlines, but it’s sometimes better to walk away and return to the task the following day with a clear mind.

  • Choose the right workplace for you

No two employers are the same, so make sure that when you are looking for a position that you take into account the vision and values of the company; do they promote flexible working and offer childcare vouchers, or do they assume overtime and weekend working as a given? Make sure you are comfortable with what a company expects of you before accepting a role.

  • Stop wasting your time (and other people’s)

It is crucially important to identify what is most important both in work and at home. This list will differ for everyone, so make sure it truly reflects your priorities, not someone else’s. Make sure you do these tasks in order of priority and don’t procrastinate on things that you don’t need to do. This will make you feel more stressed long-term.

  • Make time for yourself

Even when you’re busy it is important to make time for yourself. Utilise your free time to do something productive like exercise or meditation. Exercise is a proven and effective stress reducer. It pumps feel-good endorphins through your body, and helps lift your mood.

  • Most of all, know what you want!

A work/life balance means different things to different people; you might want to be able to pop into work at a weekend and have the freedom to work in the evenings, but equally you might desire more time with your family or children. It’s only once you decide upon this that you will be able to achieve a healthy balance and something that works for you.

  • Learn how to say no! 

If you make yourself available 24/7 you will likely get overloaded with work so it is important to harness the power of no. There is no need to be nasty or rude, but if you manage people’s expectation, offer advice and alternative solutions you should be able to say no to work that may otherwise sit outside of your remit. This will help you reduce your workload, and the stress you are under overall.

If you’re still struggling to find your balance, why not talk to one of our experienced consultants? They will be able to take your personal requirements and circumstances into mind and search for jobs within companies that match your personal aims and needs. Call us today on 0161 834 1642 or email one of our consultants today. 

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