A sustainable work-life balance yields a sustainable business. What can you do to achieve it? The answers can help you to be healthier and happier, and work more effectively to help your organization achieve its goals.
Be Efficient with Your Time
Being efficient with your time involves organizing your time and your tasks. There are several ways to do it with the goal of maintaining work-life balance:
- Make a list of what you need to accomplish each day
- Prioritize your tasks
- Decide how much time needs to be spent on each task to do it well, and try to stick within the time limit
- Limit distractions and avoid procrastination
Set Manageable Goals for Each Day
Write down short-term goals you can actually achieve each day. If your goals are unrealistic, you can quickly burn out, get discouraged, and compromise your work-life balance. As you achieve short-term goals, it will help you stay focused and remain positive about your ability to achieve your long-term goals.
Define What “Success” Means for You
How do you define success? If you keep your definition of success clearly in mind when you make career choices, it can help you maintain a balanced lifestyle. Your definition might involve any of the following:
- Spending meaningful time with family
- Giving to others through active involvement in community service or volunteer service
- Gaining a reasonable amount of financial security
- Having enough time to pursue hobbies or personal interests
Sustainable Work–Life Balance and Your Lifespan
A 2016 study by Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business reveals that a demanding job without sustainable work-life balance increases the odds of death by 15.4%. In contrast, balancing work and life decreases the odds of death by 34%. Sustainable work-life balance helps you live longer.
Are You Considering New Opportunities?
Achieving balance sometimes requires a job change. At Priority One Staffing, we offer a variety of work options, including temporary, temp-to-hire, and direct hire. You can choose a work option that allows you to assess your financial situation and your health, and set priorities.