Whilst many people would like to have a better work/life balance, not everyone is able to achieve this. With ever increasing workloads, pervasive technology making work readily available, longer commutes and economic uncertainty it can be easy to neglect your personal life with your professional life taking centre stage. Taking time to think about the small changes you can make is the first step in addressing an imbalance. Here are some ways of addressing your professional/personal mix:
1. When your day’s to-do list is done, stop
Busy people get things done. It’s great to achieve a lot in a day and planning your activities can help you focus on what tasks need completing as a priority. There can sometimes be a temptation to start extra work once your main priorities are done. However, this means that leisure time is lost. Stick to the tasks that need completing and give yourself a break when they’re done.
2. Make time for yourself
In between, work, family and friends, there can often be very little ‘me time’ left in the week. However, blocking out some time just for yourself, where you can do an activity you enjoy is really important to help you relax and unwind. Pencil in some time for indulging in a chapter of your favourite book, going for a short walk, or watching an episode of your favourite show in peace.
3. Concentrate on one thing at a time
You may be great at multi-tasking, but focusing on one thing at a time will help you to achieve, and often enjoy, things more in the long run. For example, if you are spending time with family or friends, resist the urge to check work emails during this important time. They can be dealt with on a separate occasion when your focus is on business not socialising.
Anne Taylor is an experienced coach who specialises in Life, Leadership and Executive coaching. She works with individuals, small business owners and employees of multi-national companies to help them achieve their professional and personal goals. For more information or to make an appointment with Anne please get in touch today on 020 3151 6830.