In our fast-paced and constantly connected world, there is an increased interest in establishing and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. As authors, Kitty Martini and Candice Reed write, “… there is scientific evidence that suggests that if you’re unhappy at work, your home life will also be miserable. You need a balance. It just doesn’t make sense that you can go to a job 40 hours a week and that amount of time will not have some impact, positive or negative, on your soul.”
Fortunately, there are steps to help us all live better during our working years.
How Can I Improve My Work-Life Balance?
1. Find a Job You Love
This may sound like a tall order, but many hobbies and interests can transfer, either directly or indirectly, into sustainable incomes. Whether you are embarking on your working years or looking to change careers, it is important to ask yourself, “What do I like to do?” If you are not sure, try taking an online career test to help generate ideas.
2. Look for Meaning in What You Do
According to Amy Wrzesniewski of Yale University, employees fall into three categories. They see their work as a necessity that is not a major positive in their lives (job), as something to “win” or “advance” (career), or as a source of enjoyment and fulfillment where they are doing socially useful work (a calling). Of course, the third group reports the highest levels of job satisfaction, but surprisingly occupation does not matter. It just depends how they think about it.
3. Take Control of Your Current Situation
Are you checking your email six or seven times each night? Are you taking your allotted vacation time? The martyr act often is self-imposed, and ultimately it will decrease your productivity. If your job security depends being available 24/7 and 365 days a year, recognize this is unrealistic and unhealthy.
4. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Change
If something about your current job is making you unhappy, consider speaking with your HR manager or your boss. As the old proverb goes, “Many things are lost for want of asking.” Your supervisors may be more understanding than you anticipated. If not, it may be time to reevaluate your situation.
5. Tackle Your Finances
The idea of putting your finances in order may not sound exciting or appealing, but the short and long-term rewards are substantial. If you can live within your means, work to eliminate debt, and establish an emergency fund, you will be in a much better position to escape a tyrannical boss or miserable environment. There are numerous resources to help you along this path. Try searching “Reduce Debt” or “Financial Independence” for ideas.
What If I Need to Find a Better Job?
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