The Art of Work-Life Balance: Is It Even Possible?
In this fast-paced world where we seem to be busy running the rat-race, work often takes over life, and we are left exhausted and drained, both physically and mentally!
How often have you felt the unquenchable urge of breaking out of the shackles that your professional life has put upon you, and enjoy life like you used to as a kid?
But, is work to be blamed completely? Are we not guilty of making out life as miserable as it feels today?
What most of us miss is the trick of getting things done without being busy at all time. Some of us are even unknowingly busy creating an image of busyness as if busy equates to success. If you’re guilty as charged, what you are truly doing is damaging your professional and personal life. What you are truly missing is the art of maintaining work-life balance.
What is Work-Life Balance?
In its simplest definition, work-life balance is about maintaining a proper distinction between the time devoted to professional life and personal life. Devoting the entire time to leisurely activity will certainly not help with earning the money to afford a decent life. However, devoting our entire time to work isn’t going to help either – think burnout. Maintaining the balance and giving enough time to both work and leisure is necessary, and that is what we term Work-Life Balance.
What is the Importance of Work-Life Balance?
We might have grown up listening to the old proverb, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. A healthy work-life balance does not mean not giving professional life the required priority. In fact, it is becoming a better professional while also being a support to your family and doing a favor to yourself.
Have you never envied those who manage to earn enough while being able to enjoy their life too? Here’s the fun fact. They managed to strike the right work-life balance! They are way better in management, and thus a better professional.
Tips to maintaining Work-Life Balance
Here are a few things to remember:
- Don’t make work your life.
- Don’t make after work when your life begins either!
- Create your own deadlines and stick to it.
- Break tasks and goals into smaller ones.
- Group tasks so you use momentum to get more done more efficiently.
- Unplug from the virtual world regularly, and enjoy the physical world.
- Schedule time to unplug, unwind, and have me-time (not just family or friend time).
- Limited your time in non-productive activities at or between work.
- Regular meditation and exercise reduces stress, and regulates your hormones.
- Adopt a mantra (positive self talk) for when things get tough: Do my best, let go of the rest.
Arium School of Arts & Sciences offers diplomas specialising in Psychology, Criminology and Sociology. Many of our students are working adults who juggle family commitment on top of their studies. As a result, our classes are usually held on weekday evenings and we offer instalment schemes to support their financial obligations. ASAS provides both Specialist Diplomas suitable for those without degrees, and Graduate Diplomas for those who already have a degree. Check out the complete list of the numerous certificate and diploma programs which ASAS offers here.