When you are able to balance your professional and personal responsibilities, you are less likely to experience burnout, have stronger relationships, and be more productive in both your work and personal lives.
Additionally, work-life balance can lead to improved physical and mental health, as well as increased job satisfaction.
Here are some tips for good practice that will help you better balance your life and work:
Set clear boundaries between work and personal time by establishing a regular work schedule and sticking to it.
Prioritise self-care activities such as exercise, healthy eating, and getting enough sleep.
Make a to-do list for the day, and prioritise tasks based on importance and urgency.
Take regular breaks throughout the day to stretch and refresh your mind.
Pair breaks with exercise; going for a lunchtime walk, a gym session, or even just a stroll around, exercise can help you to boost productivity when you’re working.
Be strict about scheduling time away from screens.
Use technology, such as email filters, to reduce distractions and interruptions during your workday.
Learn to say "no" to non-essential tasks or requests that do not align with your priorities.
Delegate tasks or responsibilities when possible to reduce workload.
Compartmentalise your activities; work regular hours and, if possible, be able to close the office door to separate spaces.
Switch off your work phone outside working hours and do not check emails; separate phones and email addresses would help.
Make time for hobbies and interests outside of work to maintain a sense of balance.