“You will never feel truly satisfied by work until you are satisfied by life.” ―Heather Shuck
People often talk about work-life balance as something that’s challenging to achieve.
It’s no wonder.
With all the technology available today, it’s harder than ever to disconnect from our businesses, jobs, and careers. Work often takes president over everything. After all, it’s how we create income to live. Yet when we ignore everything else that matters to us, we suffer, and negatively impact all areas of our lives.
When you allow time for other things that matter to you, you feel more satisfied, and as a result become more productive.
Even when you’re passionate about what you do, having balance in your life keeps you connected to all of your needs, not just your work. You’re more likely to experience joy, not to mention less stress. Creating work-life balance is key to a more fulfilled life, both personally and professionally.
But this begs the question—how much should you invest in your needs to create an ideal balance?
Today ‘s post is about looking at work-life balance so you can get the most out of your work and your life.
Define What’s Important
Take some time to see if you’re indeed present in all the areas of your life that matter to you. Decide what matters to you, and prioritize which are the most important.
Maybe it’s more family time that you’re yearning for. Perhaps you want time to exercise more and get a solid eight hours of sleep each night. Perhaps your fun quota is down, and you simply want to cut loose from time to time. Whatever it is, you get to decide. Take a look at where you are and identify the areas that feel out of balance. Without any judgment, make a list of the areas that matter to you and assess where you are with them.
Here’s a tip: you might not consider things like “getting your finances in order” and “daily chores” as creating balance in your life, but they matter because they contribute to your overall well-being.
And remember, different things become more or less important over time—so make it a practice to check in with yourself regularly to assess where you are.
Commit to Yourself
Once you’ve identified things you want to have more of in your life, make a commitment with yourself to include them. The commitments you keep with yourself have the power to move you forward in every aspect of your life.
Because you’re telling the universe that you matter.
Be realistic about what it will take to keep your commitments and what you can manage. The goal isn’t to load your plate with more—it’s to create time and space for the things that matter.
The first step is identifying these things and then deciding you want to include more of them in your life.
Setting boundaries is one of the ways to create more time for the things you want.
Be OK with saying “no” when you really can’t do something, rather than trying to fit it in and then resenting that you had to give up one of your commitments to yourself. Learn that saying “no” can be self-honoring.
Be clear. Communicate what is important so that your boundaries are clear to others. This will avoid upset all around.
Set boundaries with yourself. Turn off your computer, iPad, and email when you’re complete with your workday. If you want to sleep for eight hours, don’t stay up watching a movie till midnight. You get the idea.
Things happen and sure, it’s important to stay flexible, but you’ll find that boundaries will prove crucial in creating work-life balance.
Make Deliberate Choices
Having more balance in your life requires making choices that support that. Make decisions that keep you in alignment with your purpose.
The great thing is that when you honor the decision for more balance, you become more focused and deliberate about creating the time and space you need.
There are only so many hours in a day. Although you can always learn to be more efficient and do more, work-life balance is about quality, not quantity.
And you’ll be amazed at the level of productivity that brings to your work.
For me, one of the most important things in creating work-life balance is being present in the moment.
“Being present” means engaging with whatever is in front of you. It may be your work, sharing a meal with a friend, or taking a walk on the beach. However, when you experience full engagement, whatever you’re doing at that moment is in balance because there’s only that moment. When you’re present, you create more space within because you aren’t busy thinking about other things. Surprisingly, this creates more balance in your physical reality because you feel it within.
The amazing thing about creating balance in your life is that it’s like a dance. The more you learn the steps, the easier it gets. You’ll find that the time is there for what’s truly important. View life from abundance, knowing that you can create what you want. And when things get out of harmony, make the adjustments, knowing that ultimately the work-life balance you create will support you in all you do.