Wellbeing

5 habits to achieve work life balance

Published on June 12, 2015 12:35 pm, by

Achieving the work life balance mantra can be tricky for many – and when the balance is out of whack (too much time at work), everything starts to suffer.  
Whether you’re an out-of-office iPhone addict, or a guilt-ridden mother forced to skip canteen duties for tactical boardroom presentations, an unequal distribution of in and out of office hours has a direct impact on your health, relationships and workplace.

The damage of doing too many hours
You don’t have to be a circus clown to know that life can be a juggling act. Every day is full of activities that test your acrobatic abilities.

Is that afternoon cupcake worth a 40 minute spin class? (yes); will I get enough wear out of that fringed jumpsuit to justify spending three figures on it ? (probably not); and how do I attain that elusive status of a person who “works to live, not lives to work”.

And while here at MoneyBrilliant we are advocates of financial empowerment, we also recognise that wealth in wellness is equally important.

And a recent survey by the Australian Psychological Society agrees this is particularly relevant for women. “Stress can have an extremely detrimental effect on a person’s mental and physical health,” APS executive director Professor Lyn Littlefield said.

“And it is interesting to see the varying impact family and personal financial issues have on stress levels for men and women.”

Over half (53 per cent) of Australian women said personal financial issues as a major source of stress, compared to just 44 per cent of men.

How to log off without losing your job
So how do you put those kinds of plans of an early escape (minus the anxiety that you could lose your primary source of income) into practice?

We suggest you start with the following tips:

  1. Plan, prioritise and ditch the procrastination habit. 
  2. Learn to say no to non-essential demands. And don’t waste time perfecting non-consequential decisions when you could spend the time more profitably on something else.
    If you say no, make sure you do it in person instead of email, and offer an alternative to getting it done.
  3. Set boundaries – make it known what extra time you will or won’t put in and stick to it.
    For example, a colleague I know allows for one night a week to work overtime and every other day leaves on the dot at five.
  4. Delegate – you don’t have to do everything yourself. Your boss want’s results not perfectionism.
  5. Time out  – The Kit-Kat may be optional but a designated Do Not Disturb time and place for you to collect your thoughts shouldn’t be.

Build on that balance
So you’ve convinced yourself that your inbox can wait till tomorrow and clocked off at 5.01? Congrats! Why don’t you try testing yourself by applying that balancing act to other aspects of your life?

Wellness encompasses a number of pillars, including: career, health, family and our personal favourite – financial. Once you have mastered one, have the confidence to try it again.

Even if you have to take one thing at a time – because that’s what balance is all about isn’t it!

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