How To Maintain The Work/Life Balance

November 1, 2011

At a glance

In our hectic lives, it’s becoming more difficult to achieve a balance between all the demands we face.

Many workplaces have improved when it comes to accommodating workers’ family responsibilities, with legislative provisions and workplace policies.

Work/life balance initiatives include job sharing, flexible working hours, working from home and paid maternity and paternity leave.

Many tend to think of the work and family balance as strictly a woman’s issue.
A life out of balance can be illustrated through stress, feeling overwhelmed, tired or exhausted.

Managing your time and completing a thorough self-audit of what actually means the most to us.

What steps can we take personally to ensure we are living as balanced a life as possible? Here are some useful tips to ensure you live your most balanced, fulfilling and joyous life from now on.

First establish your own behavioural patterns:

Take a journal of your schedule for one month. Note your biggest time-wasting or least productive activities throughout your day and evening. Commit to reduce the total time involved in these activities by half. You will be amazed at the time being wasted over a month.

Work/life balance is not about fitting more in to your day

It is about engaging the things that bring satisfaction, fulfillment, enjoyment and meaning on a professional and personal basis. To do this try and establish what your core values and desires are. What do you want your motivation to be other than just the idea of getting everything “done” in a day? Once you have established your these, eliminate everything in your daily life and work that do not contribute to your levels of satisfaction, fulfilment and enjoyment.

Look at all of the important life domains

Including, physical and emotional health, friendships and family. What areas can you identify that are in need of development? Are there unnecessary financial or professional pressures that could be eliminated by an attitude adjustment? Eliminate unwanted sources of stress and worry where possible and commit to your decision to change your life. Ask for, and seek help and support where you need to.

Make exercise a top priority and upgrade your nutritional status by increasing the amount of brain power foods in your diet

Memory enhancing foods are also “feel good foods” and great energy providers. These include, fish, nuts, dark berries, tomatoes, broccoli and cocoa. Try for one month to eat more plant rather than animal based foods and see how good you feel.

Practice proper breath work at least daily

Or even better, begin to meditate regularly if you haven’t already. This is a wonderful boost you can give to your daily sense of balance and control. Gradually, your meditative practice will bring great shifts in your perceptions and attitudes towards life and others.

By Janet Taylor

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