Looking for some simple work life balance strategies to regain your zen? Small, simple changes to how you plan and manage your week can make a surprising difference to your work life balance.
We all know working too hard for too long isn’t good for us, and it can take its toll on our relationships, performance and overall happiness if left unchecked.
But with a bit of focus and planning, it’s possible to reclaim some precious time in your week to make more time to do more of the things you love – and be happier and healthier as a result.
Here are our top 4 work life balance strategies to get organised and take back control of your week.
1. Work out your priorities
Whether you use an online calendar, a diary app, or even a to-do list written on a piece of paper, recording what you want to achieve for the week – and prioritising this based on what matters to you most – is a great way to get organised and work out where to focus your time.
Working too hard for too long – or just having lots of demands on our time - can have negative impacts on our health and happiness if left unchecked. The increased stress we experience in these situations can lead to muscle tension, fatigue and mental health issues. It can also lead to longer term health problems such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
If you feel you’re constantly under time pressure, then use a time tracking app to see what you’re spending most of your time on. These tools can sometimes reveal surprising results. Once you know what you’re dealing with, you can then work on reprioritising some of the lesser important activities in your week to make time for other things that matter.
2. Plan and prepare
When it comes to managing work-life balance, a little planning and preparation can go a long way.
For example, planning your meals and buying everything you need for the week in advance will save on trips to the shops. Or why not skip the hassle altogether and shop online instead?
Not only will this free up time for other things, but you’ll also avoid the stress of having to think about what to cook after a long day at work.
Even simple things like getting your clothes ready the night before and making sure your gym bag is in the car are small steps that save time and stress, giving you more ‘me’ time in your busy week.
3. Delegate, delegate, delegate
Even with the best planning and preparation, balancing work with family or other life commitments can be a challenge.
This is especially true for women, who are five times more likely than men to always or often feel stressed and pressed for time due to family or other demands.
If your weekly routine is wearing you out, are there are any household tasks you can delegate? This might include getting your partner to pick up the kids from school one afternoon a week or alternating who cooks dinner each night.
Hiring a cleaner or outsourcing other domestic duties if your budget permits can also help to lessen the load, with the potential benefits to your wellbeing often far outweighing the costs.
4. Make time for self-care
Finally, and most importantly, prioritise self-care and make time to refresh and recharge.
It’s important to regularly make time to do the things you enjoy, like hobbies, spending time with family or friends or exercising. Doing things we enjoy helps to recharge our batteries and reduce stress.
If you have extras cover as part of your health insurance, then make sure to use these services to invest in your self-care and wellbeing. Remedial massage and physiotherapy are both great ways to ease muscle tension and keep stress levels in check.
Over to you. What work life balance strategies work best for you? How do you get organised and keep energised for the week ahead? Please share your time saving tips and strategies on our Facebook page.