WORK-LIFE BALANCE / JUL. 23, 2013
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Maintaining a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Working in a full time employment can take a toll on an individual’s professional and personal life. Therefore it is important that you define the boundaries between your work and your personal life to avoid detrimental effects on your physical and mental health. To prevent your professional life taking over your personal life, and vice versa, individuals should try and establish clear boundaries and then stick to them.

Establish Boundaries

The first step is to remember that your professional life should not affect your personal life. Many experts advise leaving your work stress and issues at work rather than bring them home and inflict them upon your friends and family. Moreover, try and stick to the amount of hours that you are expected to work.

Restrict Overtime

It is understandable that everyone strives for success but spending 60 hours a week in the office, when you are paid for 40, can have serious effects on your health. Establishing a rule for yourself could be beneficial, for example: I will only work 2 extra hours 3 times a week. Through this, individuals who want to put in the extra effort are preparing themselves for long hours but in a controlled manner.

Learn when to say “No”

Another issue that plagues many individuals who allow their work life to affect their personal life is their inability to say ‘no’.  Employers are often handling large number of employees, so often they might put additional stress and pressure on some employees to get work done in a specific period of time. If you think that you are given far too many tasks than you can cope with, voice your concerns to your superiors or speak to HR management. Through this you can avoid crumbling under excessive workload and be productive in reasonable tasks set for you.

Take Time Off

However it is important to be careful and not allow your personal life to affect your time at work. Whether it is an issue with your partner or your child, it is vital that you do not get frustrated at work. In the case that an individual has a persisting personal issue and it is having an impact on their work, they should speak to their management and arrange some time off work to deal with the issues.

Inform Management about Workload

Through keeping the management of your company informed of issues regarding your personal and professional life, you can arrange a reasonable amount of time off to deal with stress. By doing so, you avoid issues getting in the way of your productivity and as a result, you are a happy and motivated individual.

By taking these basic small measures, you can ensure that your professional life does not have an impact on your personal life. Going home without stress and pressure from work, at a reasonable time will help you stay motivated and productive at work. 

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