Yes, you read that right! One of the things we have always been hot on is establishing a good work life balance, however we have seen that the term has started to lose its meaning. The pressure to strike the perfect balance between work and personal life, trying to fit everything in, from exercise to achieving business growth, has become an overwhelming quest many of us fail to achieve.
Finding the ‘Goldilocks zone’ of work-life balance doesn’t come naturally, it’s always a work in progress. So our advice is to forget about what work-balance looks like on paper and find your own way of doing things. Following these suggestions will hopefully help you become a happier and healthier you in 2020.
Everything is subjective
There are plenty of articles and experts out there explaining what the perfect middle way is and how to achieve it but in reality you won’t always relate to what others’ perceptions of the perfect work-life balance. This is because it is different for everyone as it depends on their background, belief system and cultural references. Some things that are negotiable to you may not be to others and the other way around. You need create your own version of balance and happiness.
Pick up the phone or not…
Let’s face it, most of us are hooked on our phones and we’re constantly connected to work emails to make sure that nothing gets missed. Many experts will tell you that it’s best to switch off all devices when having time off work. If you’re one of those people who can put their devices aside and not think about them that’s great, however if doing that means that you are constantly stressed about missing something important then consider staying connected but only responding to emails that need an immediate response.
It’s OK to daydream
Daydreaming is often seen as the antithesis of productivity but that’s not always the case. Research shows that more parts of the brain are active when we let our mind wander than when we’re focused on a single task. Embracing daydreaming can help you think more creatively which in return can enhance your problem-solving skills so don’t feel guilty next time you find your attention wandering.
Set simple boundaries
When it comes to setting boundaries, focus on the simple things. What keeps you going every week and makes you feel balanced? Is it going for a long walk twice a week? Attending your children’s swimming lessons? Once you decide what matters most, you can make time for those activities and work out the rest on a day to day basis.