With technology nowadays it’s almost impossible to draw a line between your personal life and your work. How many times have you found yourself reading a work email while attending a family gathering? These days almost all of us work at home to some extent, but it is important to find the correct balance.
There’s a common saying that failing to plan is planning to fail. Any entrepreneur who doesn’t separate their work and personal life may end up falling behind on important tasks at work.
Establishing work-life boundaries
The secret is knowing what you can and can’t do where. Identify and maintain personal boundaries in your workplace. Setting boundaries is a good way to reduce bad blood with your employees. Understand that people are different and what’s socially acceptable to one person is a vice to another person. Define what works and doesn’t work for you. Identify the discussions that make you uncomfortable and come up with a way to deal with the problem.
Assert your boundaries
Setting boundaries isn’t enough, go a step further to write your boundaries down. Studies have shown that people who write their goals down are more likely to achieve them. You should openly communicate about your boundaries with employees. While it may not be easy at first, your employees are likely to respect your boundaries especially if you communicate to them in a friendly and professional manner.
Unplug from technology
Most people have become addicted to the internet especially social media because of the pressure to keep up with what’s happening in the world and their friend’s lives. Technology has been shown to cause or increase the signs associated with depression.
Setting your phone down to go for a walk or enjoy a warm sunset is an effective way to declutter your mind.
Leave the office early
If you don’t have any unfinished business at the office, you’re better off leaving. Spending too much time in the office is not only detrimental to your health, but it’s also putting a strain on your relationships with your loved ones.
Allow your employees to leave the office early because this way, you’ll also have the opportunity to undertake personal commitments.
This is an effective method to help you disconnect from your work life once you are at home. Suitable for people who find themselves thinking about their work life. Meditation is as easy as 1, 2, and 3. Close your eyes and take deep breaths. Let thoughts come and go and learn to listen to the rhythm of your breath. Meditation will not only help you relax, but it will also increase your creativity at work.
Schedule time for your personal life
Remember to set aside time to spend with your loved ones outside the office. You should also set aside some time for your hobbies such as riding your bicycle, visiting family and friends, and traveling. Scheduling helps you look forward to getting from work and immersing yourself in your favorite pastime.
Separating work and personal life isn’t easy. It takes a lot of planning and discipline. With the right commitment, you’ll be on the right path to ensuring no aspect of your life be it personal or life is neglected. Communicating your goals with your colleagues will help keep you in check. These tips will set you on the right path to achieving a life-work balance.