How to Create and Foster a Personal Work-Life Balance
Poor work-life balance is one of the main reasons for the unhappiness that many people experience at work. It is not easy for employees to adjust the balance between the time devoted to work and the time for pleasurable activities. Even so, having a decent work-life balance is extremely important. A happy and productive employee is a great asset for any business.
Work-life balance is something that I take very seriously since, like so many others these days, I basically work from home and as a result with always having to be on call sometimes the lines between work life and home life can cross over and overlap without me even realizing it.
Work-life balance is one of the biggest challenges people face–and one of the most important keys to happiness. To achieve this elusive combination of “work” and “life,” you’ve got to be able to separate your work from your personal life. That means getting a handle on how much time you spend on the computer, in meetings, and with coworkers. If you’re not sure how much time you spend at work, start keeping a time log for a week or two. Then look for patterns–in the time you have available for work, the time you spend each day doing work, and the time you spend in meetings. If you’re spending a lot of time, just reading email, for example, you might want to set some goals for cutting back. You might also want to set some rules for your work environment–for example, no eating or drinking in the office, and no discussing personal matters at work. These rules will help you maintain a separation between your personal and working life.
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