Keeping the Scales Even: Tips to Achieve a Good Work/Life Balance

These days, finding the ideal work-life balance can seem like formidable challenge. With technology making worker’s accessible around the clock and a whopping 94% of working professionals working more than 50 hours per week, according to a Harvard Business School study, experts agree: the compounding stress from the never-ending workday is damaging – to relationships, overall happiness and even your health and wellness.

So, how can you achieve a work-life balance? We highlight a few tips to keep the scales even.

Be sure to unplug

Technology can be a blessing and a curse. From telecommuting to programs that make work easier, technology has helped our lives in many ways. But it has also created expectations of constant accessibility. The work day never seems to end. Take time to just enjoy the moment. Put down your phone – don’t text at your kid’s baseball game or send work emails while you’re hanging out with family. Make quality time truly quality time.

Exercise is good for your mind and body

It’s no surprise that exercise is an effective stress reducer. It not only pumps feel-good endorphins through your body but can also help lift your mood. Be sure to dedicate a few chunks of time each week to self-care, whether it’s exercise, yoga or even getting out to walk the dog.

Limit time-wasting activities and people

Take stock at what’s important and what you value in your life and then draw firm boundaries so you can begin to devote quality time to these high-priority people and activities.

From there, it will be easier to determine what needs to be trimmed from the schedule. For example, if email or internet surfing sends you into a time-wasting spiral, establish rules to keep you on task. That may mean turning off email notifications and replying in batches during limited times each day.

Start small. Build from there.

We’ve all been there: crash diets that fizzle out, New Year’s resolutions we forget by February. It’s the same with work-life balance when we take on too much too quickly. So, be sure to start small and build from there to ensure you stay on track and avoid failure.

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