There was a time when boundaries between work and home were straightforward. Especially before technology took our time and focused away from being present with our tasks at hand.
Technology and blurred bounders are likely to invade your personal life — and maintaining a work-life balance is no simple task.
This might be especially true if you work from home, hybrid work, or work long hours. Technology that enables constant connection can allow work to bleed into your time at home. Working from home is, even more, like to blur professional and personal boundaries. And of course, no matter where we go, in the car, shopping, banking, visits with family and friends, we tend to keep our technology close at hand which at any time a work-related email, text, or reminder can show up and disrupt our personal time of enjoyment.
If you feel that your work-life bounders are blurred, consider your relationship to work. Are You Married to Your Work? Consider the cost. If you’re spending most of your time working, your work and home life might be negatively affected. Consider the consequences of poor work-life balance:
- Fatigue. When you’re tired, your ability to work productively and think clearly might suffer — which could take a toll on your professional reputation or lead to dangerous or costly mistakes.
- Poor health. Stress can worsen symptoms related to many medical conditions and put you at risk of substance misuse.
- Lost time with friends and loved ones. If you’re working too much, you might miss important family events or milestones. This can leave you feeling left out and might harm your relationships.
3 tips to unblur your work-life balance:
1. Strike a better work-life balance
As long as you’re working, and juggling career and personal life demands will be an ongoing challenge. But by setting limits and looking after yourself, you can achieve the work-life balance that’s best for you.
Setting limits: If you don’t set limits, work can leave you with no time for the relationships and activities you enjoy. Consider these strategies:
- Manage your time. Give yourself enough time to get things done. Don’t overschedule yourself.
- Learn to say “no.” Evaluate your priorities at work and home and try to shorten your to-do list. Cut or delegate activities you don’t enjoy or can’t handle — or share your concerns and possible solutions with your employer or others. When you quit accepting tasks out of guilt or a false sense of obligation, you’ll have more time for activities that are meaningful to you.
- Detach from work. Working from home or frequently using technology to connect to work when you’re at home or out personally can cause you to feel like you’re always on the job. This can leads to chronic stress. Seek guidance from your manager about expectations for when you can disconnect. If possible, dress for work and have a quiet, dedicated workspace if you work from home. When you’re done working each day, detach and transition to home life by changing your outfit, taking a drive or walk, or doing an activity with your kids, animal, or something that lights you up.
- Consider your options. Ask your employer about flex hours, a compressed workweek, job sharing, or other scheduling flexibility. The more control you have over your hours, the less stressed you’re likely to be.
2. Caring for yourself
A healthy lifestyle is essential to coping with stress and to achieving a work-life balance. Eat well, including physical activity in your daily routine, and get enough sleep. In addition, aim to:
- Relax. Regularly set aside time for activities you enjoy, such as practicing yoga, gardening, or reading. Hobbies can help you relax, take your mind off work, and recharge. Better yet, discover activities you can do with your partner, family, or friends — such as hiking, dancing, or taking cooking classes.
- Volunteer. Research shows that volunteering to help others can improve your connections and lead to better life satisfaction and lower psychological distress.
- Develop a support system. At work, join forces with co-workers who can cover for you — and vice versa — when family conflicts arise. At home, enlist trusted friends and loved ones to pitch in with childcare or household responsibilities when you need to work late.
3. Know when to seek professional help
Talk to an accredited mental health provider if your life feels too chaotic to manage and you’re spinning your wheels worrying about it. Check out the opportunities for your employee wellness program, take advantage of the available services provided to you by WellnessWrx.
Creating a work-life balance is a continuous process as your family, interests, and work-life are constantly changing. From time to time, examine your priorities — and make changes — reach out to WrxConcierge to help you stay on track we are here for you!
With appreciation, Rose A. Weinberg, Co-Founder, President, Chief Wellness Officer at WellnessWrx, Author, Speaker, Registered Homeopath, Holistic Nutritionist, Reiki Master~Educator, Founder of The feelgood Company. I love my family, home, martial arts, being playful, and feeling good! Full-filled Wife~Mom~Bubi~DogMom~DogBubi