9 Practical Tips to Achieve a Work-Life Balance

Office stress.
Years of long hours, understaffed companies, and burned-out employees led to the latest trend: quiet quitting. (Image: Ocusfocus via Dreamstime)

Many of us have experienced situations where we felt work had begun to take over or become too much. So in difficult times like this, when many people are adjusting to new ways of working, it may be even more important to establish healthy work boundaries. Examining things in terms of work-life balance — how your time and energy is distributed across various aspects of your life can be beneficial.

Quiet quitting to achieve your work-life balance

Years of long hours, understaffed companies, and burned-out employees led to the latest trend: quiet quitting. The catchphrase quiet quitting is misleading, making some people think it means workers are doing the bare minimum at their jobs. Instead, it’s about stopping doing work that people feel is beyond what they were hired to do and not getting compensated. Employees still excel at their jobs but aren’t working overtime.

To achieve this, employees must maintain a work-life balance

Work-life balance is a state of equilibrium in which you prioritize the demands of your career and the needs of your personal life equally. It is about having the flexibility to get things done in your professional life while still having time and energy to enjoy your personal life. The most common causes of a poor work-life balance are working longer hours, increased job responsibilities, having children, or living alone. 

A proper work-life balance lets you understand yourself, your need for work, and your desire for enjoyment.
A proper work-life balance lets you understand yourself, your need for work, and your desire for enjoyment. (Image: Tinnakorn Jorruang via Dreamstime)

How to achieve a work-life balance

Balancing your personal and work lives can be difficult, but it is necessary. Here’s how you can start today to improve your work-life balance. 

1. Establish priorities 

How do you decide what matters most in your life, both personally and professionally? What goes into establishing priorities? First, understand yourself, your need for work, and your desire for enjoyment. Next, give the things that are important to you enough time. Then, to prioritize the two, learn to set aside personal from professional obligations. Finally, make separate to-do lists for each task, schedule time, and be realistic. 

2. Time management

Start planning your day instead of just completing activities as they come up or hopping from one activity to another. Work smarter, not more complicated now. Determine which chores you may assign to others to prioritize high-value activities. It will be simpler to focus, cross things off your list, and achieve your goals if you set clear milestones and are more deliberate about how you spend your time.

3. Set boundaries

Establish personal boundaries that enable you to engage in your leisure activities to have fun fully. Do it, even if it means clearing out your inbox of emails or hiding your calendar on the weekends and evenings. You’re struggling to leave your virtual “office” since you’re accustomed to being “always on.” Establish a ritual, such as walking or jogging, whatever works for you.

4. Define consistent rules

Have some standard guidelines to follow once you’ve established your life’s priorities. Self-discipline is usually a good thing. Nobody promises that achieving the goals will be simple, but if you are dedicated enough, you will find a way to get there. Establish a rule that you will leave work at work and not think about your job at home. 

5. Do one task at a time

Consider becoming a serial mono-tasker rather than trying to juggle a million things simultaneously. At any one time, pay attention to one thing. You can then give something your complete focus and complete it quickly and efficiently. Additionally, you’ll accomplish more jobs slowly and with less attention to detail.

A family walking together holding hands.
Give the things that are important to you enough time. (Image: Hongqi Zhang via Dreamstime)

6. Set a proper work schedule

You can be sure that your plan will be chaotic if you lose control of your boundaries. That is why it is so important to set proper boundaries. Selecting the appropriate work schedule is one thing you can do to avoid worrying about unfinished business at home.  

7. Stay organized 

One of the most practical methods to ensure a work-life balance is to use tools to keep things in check. To keep things under control at work, you can use project management software to help you manage your workload by keeping track of time, keeping lists of things to accomplish, establishing priorities, and more. You will be able to keep work stress out of your personal life. 

8. Take some time off

Being depressed will affect your work and prevent you from succeeding. While the demands of your job may keep you constantly occupied, vacations are necessary. A break from work will give you a terrific opportunity to refuel and rejuvenate, even if it’s just one day. It will help you maintain a healthy work-life balance and increase your concentration when you return to the office. 

9. Work smarter, not harder

Many employees are told to work extra hours because it can increase productivity. But this seriously undermines the ability to balance work and life, which consequently causes adverse effects on employee performance. The truth is that longer work hours do not result in higher productivity. On the other hand, working regular hours allows you to properly maximize your time at work and spend some parts of your day on things you love and enjoy.

A fulfilling personal life can coexist with a fruitful work career

Life may seem like a never-ending juggling act, but if you find it challenging to strike a balance between work and life, you must pause, breathe, and be mindful of your health and well-being. Always remember, you come first. A healthy work-life balance requires a dedicated effort, but the rewards for this pursuit will be beneficial in improving the quality of your life. 

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  • Haidene Go

    Haidene Go is a reader, a speaker, and a writer based in the Philippines. She is a wonderer, a wide-eyed observer of the world, and a lover of words. She has always been fascinated of the human’s capacity to externalise their complex feelings and thoughts through language. Through her written works, she hopes to capture the beauty of being human, her own and other’s.