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Finding Your Work-Life Balance
An article with advice one how to make sure you get the correct Work - Life balance in your career
Finally getting breaking through into the world of business can be an exciting time. You’re thrust into a world of networking, high profile projects and opportunities to gain great experience. It can be tempting to take on all you can handle, but also very easy for you to lose sight on when things are too much.
Don’t let your work life overwhelm you and begin to overlap into your social life. There may be times you need to balance a lot going on at work, but you should always strive to maintain a good work-life balance, and the best time to find your balance is when you’re just starting out. Check out the below tips for finding which work-life balance is best for you.
Remember You’re Striking YOUR Balance
The most important aspect to remember is that everyone will have their own preferred balance between work and relaxation. Seeing someone working long hours and engaged in a lot of extra projects may inspire you to take up more, but it should never make you feel negative about the amount of work you do. Likewise, don’t feel pressured to put down work if you don’t want to. It’s all about knowing your priorities and working to them. Surround yourself with people who can help you achieve what you want, rather than question why you don’t work the same way they do.
Be Mindful Of Allowances Available
Not everyone works in an office 9-5, Monday through to Friday, because not everyone is available to. If you’re having a tough time with your working hours, it is worth discussing with your HR department to see if your work arrangements can be changed. Changing your hours or working from home may be available, which are particularly helpful if you are supporting a family member or you have to work around travel arrangements. Even if it is something as simple as starting 30 minutes later than normal, it is worth asking your management if you feel it will help both your ability to work.
Know When to Say ‘No’
You may feel pressured to agree to every task or project that is offered your way. This is natural, as you won’t want to disappoint your employer, but this is no good if you then become bogged down in commitments. Declining work may not always be an option as priorities can change in an instant, but if you’re being briefed on something you don’t think you can complete within a given timeframe, it is much better for you to state, as early as possible, that you can’t do the work.
Set Limits on your Time
Everyone has their limits and sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day. By tracking and managing your time effectively, you’ll be able to see just how long tasks take and it will inform future projects as you know in advance if you require support. If tasks aren’t completed in time, inquire whether you can have someone else help out, or if a deadline can be moved. Most importantly, however, is leaving work at work. Technology means communication is constant and it may be tempting to take work home or get a jump on tomorrow, but this will have a compounding effect and encroach on time you should be spending relaxing. Which brings us to…
Take Up a Hobby
Make sure your time off isn’t wasted. Everyone can unwind by watching television for a little, bit the most effective way to relax outside of work is investing in a new project or hobby. Spend time developing your cooking skills, learning a new language, getting back into a sport you once played. Anything! It will help separate the line between your work and social life and make you more fulfilled in both. You’ll be more focussed while at work and not hampered with projects and deadlines out of the office.
For advice on finding work-life balance while studying at university, check out the Mont Rose College website.