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Creating the Perfect Work-Life Balance

Baskar Sundaram

A perfect balance between work and life seems to be a distant dream. With work becoming more and more hectic and demanding, maintaining even a semblance of balance in life is like an impossible dream. But like everything in life, you can build consistent habits that will benefit you in the long run. So here are some changes you can make that help you in balancing the various aspects of life:

Understand Company Norms and Dynamic

Pay attention to company policies and work culture. Do you work in a place where employees have lunch together? Are fun activities a part of company policy? Knowing how the people around you function will help you to connect with them. Joining in with colleagues and bonding with them will not only help you to enjoy work but it will also help with networking. Networking will greatly benefit you in the long run but understand that any relationship should benefit both the parties involved.

Acknowledge Accomplishments

We often less than enthused about our jobs because we see our work as a way to earn money and live in society. A day at work is merely ticking off a list of items to do and tasks to complete. So how can you feel happy about your work? Remember three simple things. Validation, a sense of accomplishment and feeling fulfilled. Spend time with colleagues who acknowledge your contribution and compliment you. Do projects where you feel fulfilled and happy. Spend time to note down three things you accomplished so by the end of the week you will have a list of tiny accomplishments that will boost your happiness.

Work Strategically

We have many tasks to complete in a day and sometimes we cannot complete them or end up losing our sleep. The secret to completing all that we set out to do is to work strategically. Use the Eisenhower Principle and divide your tasks into four categories, namely, urgent and important, not urgent but important, urgent but unimportant and finally not urgent and unimportant. Handle the urgent and important tasks first. Then pay attention to not urgent but important tasks. Try to delegate the urgent but unimportant tasks and the focus on the final category in your free time.  Rely on others to help you. Life becomes easier with trustworthy and reliable colleagues or partner.

Healthy Relationships

Fostering and investing in building healthy relationships with the people around you is highly important. Start by building a healthy relationship with yourself. Try to understand your needs and wants. Consider your proudest achievements and happy moments. Inculcate a healthy and positive attitude. Only by building yourself up can you invest in others. Remember that building a relationship takes time and effort. Compromise should happen from both sides. Ultimately healthy relationships will boost our happiness.

Quality over Quantity

The amount of time spend or invest in a relationship does not necessarily make it a fruitful one. Cut off friends in your life who do not return the amount of interest you showed, especially the ones who take advantage of the friendship. Whenever there is a disagreement, address the matter. The best compromise is to agree to disagree. When it comes to family, be present. Include your children and loved ones in the activities that you enjoy. It is a nice way to bond and also relax.

Bane of Technology

Staying connected constantly can also lead to problems. It is important to take a break from answering your text messages and emails. Take a timeout after work and focus on family or just having some time alone. This is true for social media also. Social media is a great way to connect with people but it can often make us feel jealous and inadequate. Use technology with moderation and remind yourself of your accomplishments and happiness.

Self-Care
Take time to unwind and relax regularly. Take care of your mental and physical health regularly. End your hectic day by doing an activity that will relax your mind and body. Exercise is also important. Set time aside to do a physical activity that will raise your heartbeat. Finally, the most important activity: sleep. Eight hours of sleep is needed every night for you to be in your best form.
Focus on efficiency and fulfilling relationships that ultimately lead to a sense of harmony. Add a little bit of creativity in your life. Do something new that will push you out of your comfort zone. Feel excited about being alive and enjoy every moment along the way.

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